Altona Town Council has given first reading to a new clean and tidy bylaw.

Chief Administrative Officer Russ Phillips says it's about providing safe and healthy neighborhoods.


It's intended to ensure private property is maintained to a specific standard that's amenable to the neighborhood.


He says there have been properties that have fallen into disrepair which has become an issue with surrounding neighbors.


Phillips notes there is a bylaw in place to deal with the consequences of non-compliance.