Businesses in Pillgwenlly pledge their support to anti-littering scheme during Partners for Safer Pill action day

Posted on Wednesday 18th January 2023

A new scheme to help combat littering and waste in Pillgwenlly has won support from local businesses.

The scheme is a voluntary agreement between the businesses and the council, who will work together in partnership to keep the area free of litter and debris.

Around 40 businesses pledged their support, promising to manage their waste responsibly and keep their shop fronts free of litter.

The council meanwhile promised its support with keeping the area tidy, through regular street cleaning and patrols, along with a pledge to deal promptly with anti-social behaviour.

The businesses were visited as part of a multi-agency action day last Friday (13th January), led by the Partners for Safer Pill project.

Council officers were on hand to offer advice and support to businesses about waste management, as well as carrying out a targeted street clean of the area.

Gwent Police’s neighbourhood policing team for Pill were also providing advice and support to residents and businesses on crime prevention.

Other activities on the day included residents of Pobl and Newport City Homes properties receiving tenancy support advice; council community safety officers delivering anti-social behaviour support; and a community litter pick by Pride in Pill and Keep Wales Tidy.

Local ward members for Pill were also out to support the event and the project partners.

Councillor Yvonne Forsey, cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity, said: “We know that littering and waste is a priority issue for our residents, and that is why tackling it is a priority for the council.

“By working together, we can all do our bit to tackle littering and improve the environment in our local areas.

“Schemes such as this are a good way of coordinating our efforts, and that’s why I was pleased to see so many businesses sign-up to it.

“It was also great to see so many of our partners out joining in with the action day, and that they had good engagement with residents and businesses alike.”

Chief Superintendent Carl Williams of Gwent Police said:

"By working with the council on the new anti-littering scheme, we can ensure that we are helping to make Pill a safer and tidier place for everyone.

"Our officers will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area to help deter anti-social behaviour and tackle crime in Pill. This includes littering, in order to help this scheme run as smoothly as possible."

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