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Supervised offenders working in Community Payback teams have cleared more than 2.5 tonnes of rubbish and debris from three overgrown and rubbish-strewn sites in Oldbury.

The teams worked on 'grot spot' sites at Blakeley Hall Road, Beeches Road and Birmingham Road to clear a wide range of rubbish and overgrowth after complaints from local residents.

The teams, which are supervised by the Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company, worked alongside Sandwell Council staff on the three schemes as part of the Safer 6 campaign.

The largest scheme was at Blakeley Hall Road where a disused plot attracted a number of complaints from private residents whose properties surround the land.

There had been illicit rubbish dumping on the site and complaints from local people about possible infestation of vermin.

Offenders removed extensive overgrowth and large piles of rubbish which had been dumped on the site. The team removed about 1.2 tonnes of rubbish.

The council’s environmental health staff are to start a programme of baiting to eradicate any problem of vermin.

Residents living near the old Beeches Road allotment site had complained about rubbish dumping at the entrance to the site and anti-social behaviour.

The team removed all the overgrowth and rubbish to improve the look of the site and reduce the problems of nuisance in the area. About 350kg of rubbish was removed.

At the rear of shops on Birmingham Road, there had been numerous complaints about the regular dumping of large amounts of rubbish, as well the storing of dismantled cars.

Work is continuing on the site and a section of the land, which is owned by the council, has been fenced off to make the site safer and cleaner for residents whose properties border it. So far about one tonne of rubbish has been taken away from the area.

Councillor Suzanne Hartwell, town lead member for Oldbury, said: "It is very good news for the council and for local people that we have been able to engage the Community Payback team to undertake some very worthwhile work.

"They have done a great job and removed huge amounts of rubbish which has pleased local residents who were complaining about these unsightly sites.

"The Community Payback scheme is excellent way for people to serve their court sentences in a very visible way and to benefit the local community so much."

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