Notice your neighbourhood – that’s the message from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as it launches its annual campaign encouraging residents to take pride in their neighbourhood and report any problems.
The three-month focused campaign, which runs between January and March, will be led by the council’s Community Safety Patrol Officers (CSPOs) who will be out and about acting on issues which have been flagged by residents through feedback in community surveys, direct contact with the council and work with local groups on their community-led plans.
They will also be encouraging residents to make further reports of a range of issues including graffiti, fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles.
The council encourages all local communities in the borough to get involved in shaping their local areas and is currently supporting the development of a number of Community Plans.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Simon Bound said: “There are a number of easy ways to alert relevant organisations to an issue, including a number of apps. These can get your information through to the appropriate organisation in just a few steps.
“The CSPOs constantly spot issues when they are patrolling the borough but we also rely on direct contact from residents who spot damaged trees, found needles, litter, broken glass and dog fouling. Please make a report if you spot overhanging vegetation and hedges, excessive weeds on busy footways, overflowing bins and damaged equipment in parks and open spaces.
“We can’t help with every issue, but there are lots of instances where we will be able to offer support.”
Residents can download a number of apps including ‘Love Clean Streets’ and ‘Fix My Street’ to report issues. You can also visit https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/report, or call the borough council on 01256 844844.
Notice Your Neighbourhood is being run with support from local housing associations and is one of a series of campaigns which the Community Safety Patrol team conduct throughout the year to tackle ongoing problems.
The aim of the programme is to raise awareness, identify areas for improvement and to work with residents, partner organisations and businesses to find sustainable long term solutions.