PLANS to clean up a large slice of Huddersfield have got the go-ahead.
Kirklees Council officials will work with residents to help improve the look of areas including Lindley, Greenhead, Sheepridge and Fartown.
But they also added a cautionary note. More money is needed if the clean-up plans are to be a long-term success.
The intention is to become more pro-active, rather than trying to solve problems after they had become a concern.
Residents in the areas concerned were asked to highlight problems that needed tackling.
A long list of problems was collected. These include:
* Rubbish dumped on land in Sheepridge Road
* Graffiti blighting Fartown Village Hall
* Broken glass and dog mess on playing fields
* Damage at playgrounds
* Fly-tipping in many areas of Birkby and Fartown
* Rubbish dumped on footpaths around Royds Hall High School, Paddock.
A report to councillors on Kirklees's Huddersfield North sub-committee suggests a blitz on the whole area.
Teams of street-cleaners and refuse collectors are to work more closely together.
A rapid response team of workers will deal with incidents of fly-tipping and rubbish within hours.
And council officials will target businesses - particularly takeaway shops - to remind them of their responsibilities.
Environment services spokesman John Beckett said: "Most of this work will be continuing for the next 12 months, with cleansing officers working with other services to achieve our aims.
"If money is made available we can have clean-up campaigns in various areas, organised with tenants and residents.
"We also plan to work with the schools and educate the children about the problems," added Mr Beckett.
"For the plan to be a success the co-operation of all services and the public is required.
"Let's get rid of the problem instead of living with it."