ACTION is being taken to rid a suburb of an unsightly health and safety headache.

Chester City Council environmental health officers are patrolling in Hoole to tackle people who put out their rubbish days before it is due to be collected.

Theyarelooking forbinbagswhich have been put out too early and are hoping to identify the occupiers concerned, who will then be confronted by the officers who will explain the environmental problems caused by the rubbish.

Area committee chairman and Hoole All Saints wardcouncillorBob Thompson (Lib Dem)said:'When peopleleavebagsof rubbish on the street before it is due to be collected, they are creating health and safety problems and making their community look unsightly.

'If people don't know when their rubbish is collected, they can find out by calling the city council call centre on 01244 402477.'

The campaign, focused on the Walker Street area, began in January after concerned residents contacted the committee to ask for support in tackling a number of issues. Several problems were highlighted including dog fouling, litter, misuse of the play area and unacceptable behaviour from gangs of youths.

As a result, an action plan was developed to identify solutions and encourage people to take pride in their neighbourhood.

Cllr Rob Jordan (Lib Dem, Newton Brook), portfolio holder for the environment, said: 'Refuse left on the street for days is not onlyunattractivebut canalsocausea health hazard by attracting vermin.'

People interested in supporting the campaign can contact Sally Buttifant, area facilitator, on 01244 402513.

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