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Local community rolls up its sleeves and cleans Streatham

Local businesses stood side-by-side with council staff and police as they rolled up their sleeves and brightened a corner of Streatham previously blighted by graffiti and vandalism.

The Commercial Freshview was organised by Lambeth Community Safety Service in partnership with the council’s Streetcare service and Lambeth Met Borough Police. In the spirit of the council’s cooperative approach to delivering services the clean-up blitz targeted a parade of shops in Gleneagle Road, Streatham, following feedback from local businesses and the wider community.

The operation provided shops with a fresh lick of paint, windows and bins were cleaned, and unwanted posters and graffiti removed. The clean up is part of the council’s ongoing Freshview operations which target crime and grime issues to improve local neighbourhoods.

The operations are carried out through partnership working with the local communities and involve a range of services including Community Payback, London Fire Brigade, and Transport for London.

Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Lorna Campbell, said: ”This is a really good example of cooperative working. It’s great to see businesses joining forces with the council and community to help improve Streatham and I’d like to thank everyone who took part. They did a really good job and the benefits are there for everyone to see.”

Streatham Inspector Nick Fallowfield for Lambeth Met Police added: “This important clean-up blitz shows how the local community, police, Lambeth Council and other partners can work together to improve an area in response to concerns from the local residents. This clean-up will be followed by highly visible patrolling and enforcement action from the police to ensure the the area is looked after and to reduce instances of ASB occurring.”

To learn more about Freshview visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/freshview

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