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Love Plumstead, Hate Litter - a positive campaign for a #PositivePlumstead

Published Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A revitalised, cleaner, litter-free Plumstead befitting of a Royal Borough - this is what the all new 'Love Plumstead, Hate Litter' campaign aims to deliver.

To accompany a string of major investments in Plumstead including an £11.2million library, cultural and leisure centre, the development of an exciting 'healthy living street' and a £2.8million public realm improvement package around Plumstead Station, the Royal Borough of Greenwich wants to strengthen the sense of pride in the local community and a deep caring for the environment through a number of initiatives.

Love Plumstead, Hate Litter
Encouraging residents to report littering and fly-tipping immediately upon witnessing it. New banners have been installed throughout Plumstead with the ‘Love Plumstead, Hate Litter’ message along with the contact details for contacting the Envirocrime team. New signage with the Envirocrime hotline is also being installed in fly-tipping hotspots throughout the borough.

Plumstead Fly-tipping Taskforce
Increasing publicity of the Plumstead Fly-tipping Taskforce - a roaming unit of Enforcement and Street Services officers dedicated to rapidly removing fly-tips. Between April 2016 and the end of March 2017, the Taskforce team proactively cleared 9,479 flytips from Plumstead alone, totalling 341 tonnes of waste. Last month (April 2017) the Taskforce proactively cleared 707 flytips, totalling 18.5 tonnes.

Plumstead Station improvements
Visual improvements to Plumstead Station forecourt, new street planting and street furniture, improvements to the road layout and the pedestrian experience, and enhancements to the public gateway of The Ridgeway.

Plumstead High Street deep cleaning
Scheduling deep-cleans of Plumstead High Street and taking stern enforcement against business owners who have allowed shops to fall into an unacceptable state of disrepair.

Environment Champions
Publicising the work of local Environment Champions, resident groups and businesses to conduct litter-picks, share intelligence and promote a #PositivePlumstead. The cross-sector partnership to clean-up the Pettman Crescent Underpass is the first of many projects where the Royal Borough of Greenwich wants to show the power of people in delivering change to the community.

Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability Councillor Danny Thorpe said, "There is unprecedented investment taking place in Plumstead and it's only right that we match that investment with a rekindling of community spirit around caring for the local environment and taking pride in your local community.

"There are some truly committed residents and community groups in Plumstead. We want to help them, work with them, and empower them to deliver a positive Plumstead for all."

Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment Councillor Jackie Smith added, "From boosting the Plumstead Taskforce to promoting the work of our Environment Champions, we are showing that those who love Plumstead, hate litter. As we engage with businesses, shops, residents and community groups in this campaign, I know that we can make a real difference to the local area and deliver a litter-free Plumstead of which all we can be proud."

You can report littering and fly-tipping confidentially at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/flytipping or through calling the Environmental crime team on 020 8921 4661.

Share your positive thoughts on Plumstead on social media using the hash tag #PositivePlumstead.

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