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PUBLISHED: 14:04 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:40 05 July 2010

THE team behind our Keep Lowestoft Tidy campaign have been left disappointed this week after having to remove fly tipping from part of the town involved in a specialised clean-up event just two weeks ago.

THE team behind our Keep Lowestoft Tidy campaign have been left disappointed this week after having to remove fly tipping from part of the town involved in a specialised clean-up event just two weeks ago.

Wollaston Road and Stanley Street were the targets for the latest Love Your Neighbourhood project, which saw the cleansing team from Waveney District Council dedicate a week to tidying kerb sides and rear pathways, sweep and de-weed footpaths, clean out rainwater gullies, remove fly-tipping, graffiti and conduct litter picks.

But last night photos emerged suggesting that some residents in the area had not taken on board the need to have pride in their community.

Each Love Your Neighbourhood event begins with a Visioning Day, which is an opportunity for people to meet their councillors, as well as groups and organisations currently working in their area. Residents also have a chance to put their name down for a free collection of bulky household items.

Mike Daniels, street cleansing service manager, said: “It was really disappointing to see that items had been irresponsibly left on the street, when residents had the opportunity to have their bulky waste removed free of charge just two weeks ago. Even if you missed this opportunity, none of the waste we collected would have been rejected from the household waste recycling centre.”

On the brighter side, the drop in reports of fly tipping continues, with only 12 received, while as part of a Love Your Neighbourhood event on the Beeches Estate, at Normanston, the team tackled graffiti, working with environmental services to find out who was responsible, while trying to get it removed.

There is no charge for reporting graffiti or for the removal of graffiti from public buildings. A charge is made to private owners who request the service, depending on the extent of the graffiti.

Meanwhile, a group of residents have approached Mr Daniels and his team to remove litter from an unadopted road.

He said: “Some residents from Lawson Road are getting together to tidy up their unadopted rear access way. We will be assisting them by removing the waste they manage to round up.”

If you would like to organise a litter pick in your local area contact the team for advice and support.

You can report graffiti online or you can contact environmental services by emailing, Environment@waveney.gov.uk telephone 01502 523117 or write to the Town Hall, High Street, Lowestoft, NR32 1HS.

Alternatively you can request the removal of graffiti by telephoning 01502 523468 or email operations@waveney.gov.uk 01502 523 522.

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