Community Action Team update

The Lawley and Overdale Community Action Team has been working hard to help make the parish a better place. Find out what they’ve been up to in this update.

What is a Community Action Team?

A Community Action Team – or CAT for short – is a locally-focussed group, co-funded by Telford & Wrekin Council (TWC) and the area’s parish council, that works to improve neighbourhoods in a wide range of ways. Our Parish Environmental Team is part of it, but it also includes traffic and environmental enforcement officers.

You can find out more about the CAT scheme from TWC’s website.

Lawley and Overdale Parish Council has been working with our CAT for over a year now, and together we’ve helped to make a real difference to the parish.

What’s the CAT been up to?

The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team has been in Lawley and Overdale five days a week, handling civil parking enforcement, environmental enforcement and highway enforcement work.

The team visits Lawley Primary School, Thomas Telford School, Newdale Primary School, and Lawley Academy every week during pick-up and drop-off times, to support parents in parking safely and to enable a free flow of traffic.

You may have seen the officers patrolling your local green spaces and play areas such as Lawley Village Green, Newdale Play Park or the Lawley Community Garden. They’re helping to ensure the grounds and open spaces are safe, green, and clean for all to use.

Anyone seen committing offences in these areas will be challenged by our Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers; failure to comply will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Fly-tipping investigations are a high priority within the team, and the CAT has recently created a webpage called Telford and Wrekin Watch where you will find ‘good news’ stories, appeals, FAQs, and a link to report any environmental crimes. We welcome engagement with local residents, especially with fly-tipping as this supports our investigations. We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all residents that have helped us with our most recent fly-tipping incident, which occurred near Lawley Primary School, on Arleston Lane. Thanks to your help and information, we have been able to successfully issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to the perpetrators.

In the next couple of weeks you’ll start to see some signage within our ‘hot spot’ areas in relation to dog fouling and fly-tipping. We’ve ordered these from Keep Britain Tidy, and we hope they will reduce and prevent environmental crimes.

Coming up, the CAT will be part of the Lawley and Overdale Day of Action. This will take place on Wednesday 6 July, and residents are welcome to join us on the day to talk to us in about any concerns or issues you’d like us to investigate. The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team, Local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Veolia, Street Champions, and idverde will be there!

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