Campaign targets rundown Daventry

One of the examples of litter in Daventry
One of the examples of litter in Daventry

Litter, dog mess and anti-social behaviour is to be targeted in a day of action in the town centre on Monday.

But with Daventry Express readers highlighting increasing problems of fly-tipping, litter, dog mess, overflowing bins, graffiti and overgrown grass across the town, we are asking if this goes far enough in addressing complaints.

And, in response to overwhelming public concerns, the Gusher has this week launched a Clean Up Daventry Campaign.

Ken Ritchie is one person who has reported several problems to the paper. He said: “I welcome some action being taken in the town centre, but it seems to be the areas where people live that have most of the litter. It’s a combination of people just dropping rubbish, things getting blown out of bins and fly-tipping.

“The blame has to lie with those who dump the rubbish in the first place, but why does everyone else then have to live with it afterwards?”

Colin Poole said: “I welcome the involvement of the Daventry Express in the general upkeep of the town, which I raised at a district council meeting.

“It’s good to have the paper involved given the successful campaign it ran a few years ago to ban people drinking on the town centre streets.

“Daventry’s problem in my eyes is that the town centre has not been maintained since the millennium – street furniture, roads and pavements.”

Readers have complained to our newsdesk about potholes, the state of pavements, graffiti, litter, fly-tipping, overgrown play areas and overflowing dog bins.

Monday’s Day of Action, running from noon to 4pm, will see a mobile police station in the town centre, Daventry District Council reminding people of the rules concerning dog fouling and littering and Daventry and District Housing doing a litter pick.

Kevin Fagan, community partnerships manager for the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “We run regular joint action groups which identify problems and enable agencies to work more efficiently to address the issues in an area.

“This approach has proved highly effective and while we can’t claim it eradicates problems, we have seen significant improvements.”