Ward walkers clean up on borough tour

Dacorum Borough Council Ward Walks to pinpoint trouble hotspots. Picture taken in Berkhamsted.
Dacorum Borough Council Ward Walks to pinpoint trouble hotspots. Picture taken in Berkhamsted.

FLY-TIPPING and graffiti hotspots were identified as part of a series of ward walks.

Councillors pounded the pavements with residents, police and highways officers to pinpoint problem areas.

During the week of one-hour ward walks, covering Kings Langley, Highfield, Leverstock Green, Berkhamsted, Grovehill, Aldbury and Chaulden, the teams identified 173 environmental issues.

They also litter-picked along the way and collected 44 bags of rubbish and 20 bags of recyclable litter.

Dave Austin, Dacorum Borough Council’s assistant director for neighbourhood delivery, said: “It is encouraging to see a great deal of community spirit in the borough where residents and community groups, such as Kings Langley in Transition and neighbourhood action groups, join forces with us to identify issues that degrade their area and to also encourage civic pride in their neighbourhood.”

The annual walks are part of the council’s Let’s Tidy Dacorum Together Campaign.

Any issues that are identified are made and priority.

> Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to make their community a better place? Nominate them for Dacorum Borough Council’s Community Champion Award.

Individuals or groups, who give up their time to make their neighbourhood cleaner, safer and greener can be nominated.

Entries so far include a litter picking schoolgirl and a group that ‘adopts’ roads to keep them clean and tidy.

To request a nomination form call 01442 228000 or email cleansafegreen@dacorum.gov.uk

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Thursday, August 11.