Rogue landlords targeted in Blyth

09 Feb 2016 11:06 AM

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Landlords in Blyth who let rubbish pile up outside their properties have been targeted in the latest phase of a multi-agency operation.

The ’12 street campaign’ is a long-term initiative to improve the quality of life for residents in the Cowpen Quay area and involves a range of organisations working together, including Northumbria Police and Northumberland County Council.

The campaign forms part of Operation Merlin - a project to protect the most vulnerable in the community and work with partners to provide help for residents who need it the most.

Agencies are working together to address issues such as anti-social behaviour, waste accumulation, drug offences, road safety, lighting and rogue landlords.

The operation aims to find long-term solutions to the underlying issues and in the first week the county council’s Environmental Enforcement staff found more than 60 homes with large piles of rubbish in their yards.

The private landlords have now been issued with warnings, making them responsible for the unacceptable actions of their tenants.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement and Animal Welfare Team also carried out patrols in the area and 11 fixed penalty fines were issued for littering and dog fouling.

Chief Inspector for Northern area command, Nicola Musgrove, said: "The 12 streets campaign is off to a good start and should send a clear message to residents of Blyth that we are committed to working with our partners to improve the quality of life for residents.

"The campaign is a great example of partnership working and I can't stress enough how much we need the community to continue working with us to share feedback and raise any issues or concerns they have so we can take appropriate action.

"Residents will notice an increase in police presence in the Cowpen Quay area of Blyth as the campaign is underway and I would encourage people to speak with an officer face-to-face to express any concerns."

Local Ward County Councillor Kath Nisbet added: "The feedback we’ve had already from the people of Cowpen Quay has been very positive.

"They are seeing organisations out and about working to address problems and improve people’s quality of life.

"These 12 streets are priority areas and while we’re looking to make some quick improvements by addressing issues such as waste and fly tipping we also want to find longer term solutions which will benefit the whole community."

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency