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What the council are doing about Rotherham’s ‘forgotten estate’ where crime and dirt rule

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Rotherham Council has told Yorkshire Live tackling organised crime and drug supply are key priorities for them and their partners as they aim to make Rotherham safer.

The council was responding to questions about crime, drugs, fly tipping and electricity problems in Eastwood, all of which have rendered the once beautiful estate a slum.

For over a month, Yorkshire Live has uncovered brazen levels of crime, drug dealing and peddling, and incessant drug farming which collapses the power network in the area.

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In that same period, despite clean up campaigns and rubbish collection, dumping continues to occur at an alarming rate across the neighbourhood.

On power cuts in the area, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director, Community Safety and Street Scene, Tom Smith said: “The Council works closely with partners to reduce crime through the Safer Rotherham Partnership.

“Tackling organised crime and drug supply are key priority areas and we work closely with the Police to detect and prevent these crimes.



Eastwood, in Rotherham can be an eyesore
Eastwood, in Rotherham can be an eyesore

“In addition, the Council commissions services to support those impacted by substance misuse. We are currently working with the Police and Northern Powergrid to understand the root cause of the recent power cuts in the area and to take action as a partnership to address this issue.”

Both South Yorkshire Police and Northern Powergrid have independently confirmed working together in the past and committed to putting an end to criminal activity that disrupts the power network.

Last week police raided 3 addresses in just 6 days as they stepped up their fight against drug farmers. Police confiscated drugs that could have generated £400,000 a year for drug dealers.

On general safety and crime in the area, Smith told Yorkshire Live the council is installing CCTV and lightning in the hope of tackling anti-social behaviour.

He said: “The Council, Ward Members, residents and community groups continue to improve the area and tackle anti-social behaviour through a range of local projects including installation of CCTV, lighting and signage.

“Ward Members meet residents through community drop-ins, school surgeries and on walkabouts and we encourage local people to contact their Councillor to talk through any ideas they have to improve the area.”



An entire collection of furniture was just dumped in the street
An entire collection of furniture was just dumped in the street

On fly tipping, refuse collection, and cleanliness, Smith said there had been instances where people put the wrong bins on wrong collection dates and council had embarked on an educational campaign so that residents are better informed.

Smith said: “All reports of fly tipping made to the Council are investigated for enforcement action to be taken, and then cleared quickly to ensure communities remain clean and welcoming.

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“The Council continue to empty bins as per the scheduled collection calendar. However, there have been incidents where the wrong bins have been presented on the wrong collection weeks, and where bins are contaminated.

“To try and combat this we have distributed information leaflets and utilised social media to encourage residents to use their bins properly, and we remain committed to intensive ongoing engagement and education to improve recycling in the area.”

But over the weekend, Eastwood resembled a dumping ground yet again.



Household furniture was dumped along a street in Eastwood over the weekend
Household furniture was dumped along a street in Eastwood over the weekend

A frustrated resident called for the council to show leadership or step aside. John Gargett said: “Is it not time the leadership of Rotherham council stepped down if they believe this is acceptable living standards, streets full of fly tipping, drug houses raided almost daily, public parks dumping grounds for litter.”

But the council, with its partners, promise they will clamp down on criminal and anti-social behaviour in the area and have embarked on several initiatives to make Eastwood, and Rotherham in general safer.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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