A FRIENDLY neighbourhood task force swung into a Chester suburb to clean up its main street.
Residents and Newton Councillors Tom Parry and Adrian Walmsley were joined by employees of Cheshire West and Chester Council for the 'Impact Morning' on Kingsway.
The council’s community safety wardens, locality officers, Streetscene officers, a customer service advisor and a dog warden took part in the event.
They set up a 'speed indication device' that showed a frowning face to the 82 motorists it clocked exceeding the 30mph speed limit.
The group then confronted drivers parking irresponsibly and reminded them they faced having their vehicles impounded by police.
And they also turned their attention to dog owners allowing their pets to poop on Limewood Fields, handing out free doggy bags and advice.
Finally they scrubbed streets and carried out weeding, and elderly residents were given 'no cold caller' cards to ward off potential con-men.
Councillor Walmsley said the operation had been a great success. He said: “The Kingsway Impact Morning was a real team effort and special thanks go to all those local residents who turned out and all council staff who took part, especially those from Streetscene.
“The appearance of the area around the Kingsway shopping parade has been much improved as a consequence.”
During the morning, council officers also held a surgery at the Community Advice Network office for residents to drop in and raise any issues or concerns they had.
Councillor Parry said: “The Impact Morning was very positive, showing how much pride residents take in their local community.
“I look forward to building on the achievements of the day. Later in the year we hope to hold another impact morning and we will be encouraging even more local businesses and residents to be involved.”
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