Housing hit squad clean-up scheme extended until 2014

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Doncaster Council’s Neighbourhood Hit Squad has been extended – and will tackle a further seven areas between now and 2014.

The project is run by the council’s private sector housing team and brings together a variety of agencies including NHS Doncaster, the police and fire service to look at a range of issues such as complaints, empty properties, disrepair, fly-tipping and community safety.

Under the extended programme there will be two teams operating at the same time but in different places.

Neighbourhoods to benefit from the hit squad treatment include two in Wheatley, four in the Bentley area and one in Conisbrough.

The first hit squad of the new programme is in Wheatley and covers an area from Queen’s Road to Axholme Road and Thorne Road to Beckett Road.

Coun Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing, said: “The neighbourhood hit squad has been extended following a highly successful pilot and the initiative is now part of a national best practice toolkit for other local authorities to follow.

“We will continue to talk with local councillors and the community to improve and reshape the project to make it even more successful, and focused on the issues that are important to local people in particular hotspots across Doncaster.

“This is an excellent example of the council working with its partners for the benefit of local people.”

Councillor Eva Hughes, a ward councillor for Wheatley, said: “This is good news for Wheatley and I would encourage everyone within the hit squad area to get involved.”