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GRIME BUSTERS TEAM TO TACKLE ENVIRO-CRIME AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

  • July 3, 2023
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GRIME BUSTERS TEAM TO TACKLE ENVIRO-CRIME AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

People living in Kensington and Chelsea will see cleaner streets after a £865,000 investment in a new grime busters team in the borough. The Council is promising a year long programme which goes beyond the day-to-day cleaning and maintenance to make the borough the cleanest in London, tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental crimes.

A new street washing crew and two new graffiti crews will hit the streets from July 2023 to jet wash pavements and remove graffiti and fly posting. On top of the current team of 12 community wardens, there will be more enforcement officers who will be able to enforce against begging, illegal street trading, littering and idling engines.

The move is part of the borough’s plans to enhance the amazing spaces across Kensington and Chelsea.

Cllr Cem Kemahli, lead member for planning, place and environment said:

Our new teams will work with our already hard-working enforcement and street cleaning officers to go above and beyond to tackle common problems like fly-tipping, greasy pavements and graffiti.

In this year-long programme, we’ll reach every corner of the borough so that by 2024 our streets are cleaner than ever before.

 community safety survey in 2021 reported that the issues most concerning residents in Kensington and Chelsea were drug related offending, violence and anti-social behaviour. Anti-social behaviour linked to the night time economy was a particular concern, with 65 per cent of women who responded to the survey saying that felt unsafe after dark. New enforcement officers will conduct evening and late night patrols, with the police, to address this and enforce against crime.

Cllr Emma Will, lead member for community safety, said:

Residents have told us that anti-social behaviour affects how safe they feel and this particularly affects women at night. Our streets are comparatively safe, but we are taking action and doing everything we can do to make our residents, workers and tourists feel even safer. Alongside the police, our new enforcement officers will be a reassuring presence, tackling anti-social behaviour day and night.

The programme will go ward by ward, beginning with Brompton and Hans Town from Monday 3 July 2023 and reaching every ward by Summer 2024.

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