Flytippers are facing strong new action

PUBLISHED: 10:31 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

FLY-TIPPING is high on the agenda for East Devon s StreetScene team, as a new face takes the helm.

FLY-TIPPING is high on the agenda for East Devon's StreetScene team, as a new face takes the helm.

Andrew Hancock, 28, pictured right, took over as StreetScene area manager for the eastern district in November and has spent the last few months finding his feet. Before he was a technical manager for StreetScene.

He said: "Jim Cady was in the job for years and so there's a huge chunk of knowledge that left with him, which I'm learning. There are a lot of new things that we are moving towards.

"The big drive for the coming year is going to be enforcement.

"In my previous position, I was in charge of setting up the REACT team and we are now working with the technical officer to move that forward.

"In the past, with things like fly- tipping, we have just cleared it up.

"Now we are getting to the point where we will be getting around to doing something about it."

Mr Hancock has spent the majority of his working life in local government, as a neighbourhood officer for Woking Borough Council and then an enforcement officer in Swansea before he joined East Devon District Council in 2006.

StreetScene's success in working with environmental charity Encams is well established and Mr Hancock hopes to retain the team's good record.

He said: "With Encams we got out and graded the streets on their cleanliness and they either pass or fail.

"At the moment we're on 11 per cent, which his really good because only 11 per cent of the streets in the district are failing - and we obviously want to work to improve that.

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