COUNCIL officers, councillors and tenants are have embarked on their “spring estate walkabouts” to identify any issues in housing areas.

The annual tours of streets in Richmondshire were set up by the district council with the tenants’ panel and the walkabouts deal with issues that make a difference on a local level.

Council officers, councillors, and tenants walk the estates to identify and deal with problems – in a bid to keep them clean, safe and tidy.

This week they have already covered parts of Richmond.

From Wednesday, April 18, the walkabouts will cover further streets in Richmond, on Thursday, April 19 they will cover Colburn and on Friday they will visit villages including Gilling West, Melsonby, Barton, Aldbrough St John, Manfield, East Layton and Ravensworth.

The following week, on Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26, the group of councillors, officers and tenants’ representatives will visit Colburn, Brompton-on-Swale, Scorton, Moulton, North Cowton, Croft, Eryholme, Darlton-on-Tees, Croft, Middleton Tyas and Skeeby.

Between Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3, there will be more walks in Colburn, Hudswell, Hipswell, Scotton, Hunton, Tunstall and Catterick Village and a further visit to streets in Richmond.

On Tuesday, May 8, the walks return to Colburn and on Wednesday, May 9 they will move out to Reeth, Gunnerside, Hawes, Bainbridge, Askrigg, Carperby, Thoralby, West Witton, Redmire, Preston-under-Scar and Bellerby. The walkabouts end on May 10 in Leyburn, Middleham, East Witton, Spennithorne, Harmby, Finghall, Constable Burton and Newton-le-Willows.