Love Your Street is ready for action!
Published on Wednesday 24th October 2012
The Love Your Street pilot project gets under way next week after the Chase Community Partnership asked local people in Brereton for their views about their local area.
Cannock Chase Council and its partners in the Chase Community Partnership - including Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire County Council asked residents to identify community concerns and areas that they thought needed improving to make their area a better place to live. As a result, a week of action will take place over the autumn half-term addressing some of these concerns.
A jam packed week of activities is now planned in five streets including Springhill Terrace, Kelly Avenue, Newman Grove, Ravenhill Terrace and Coulthwaite Way. Activities with include environmental improvements , activities for children and young people, promotion of Neighbourhood Watch, Home Fire Risk Checks and seasonal crime prevention advice.
The week will also include a 'Celebrate Your Street' event on Wednesday 31st October to showcase the work that has been undertaken throughout the week. The event will be held in Newman Grove between 6pm and 8pm. Local residents are invited to come along and join in with the spooky goings on! Activities will include live music by The Shine and disco, fun games, face painting, balloon modelling, storyteller, arts and crafts and a fancy dress competition. It is all free!
The Love Your Street pilot will operate on a very local level. If successful, the project - which helps local people to celebrate the community spirit and sense of pride in their local area - will be rolled out to other parts of Cannock Chase District.
Cllr Mike Holder, Cannock Chase Council Crime and Partnerships Leader, said:
"I'd like to thank people in Brereton for talking to us about what they want to see happen during half-term week.
"Over the last 12 months overall crime in Cannock Chase District has fallen by 11%. Our communities are safer places to live and work and with our partners we want to communicate this to local people through the Love Your Street initiative."
Risk Reduction Officer Katherine Staples from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:
"Crews from Rugeley along with the risk reduction team and fire service volunteers will be going out around the five streets every day during half term where they will carry out free Home Fire Risk Checks and give safety advice to residents. They will also be working with other partners to help tidy up and improve the appearance of the area."
Inspector Chris Ellerton from Cannock Chase Local Policing Team said:
"We're committed to working with our partners to ensure that Brereton and other local areas remain safe places to live and work. The Love Your Street initiative is a great way of coming together to improve the quality of life of our communities."
Staffordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety Robert Marshall said:
"Staffordshire is a safe county and it is important that we all work together to maintain that. The Love Your Street project will enable people in Brereton to come together and celebrate their community at the same time as helping to improve it and ensure it remains crime-free. It is a county council priority to ensure Staffordshire is a place where people can live safely and this is something projects such as Love Your Street helps to achieve."