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Community action day focuses on Ford Green and Smallthorne



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The city council is set to join forces with the police and fire service as part of a community action day in Ford Green and Smallthorne.

The event will be held on Monday, February 18 when people will be able to access a wide range of services right on their doorstep.

It is part of the RESPECT initiative which has proved highly successful since it was launched, with reports of anti-social behaviour plummeting by 35 per cent, from 17,000 in 2010 to 11,000 at the end of 2012.

The statistics relate to the 35 neighbourhoods that have benefitted from the sessions.

Skips which can be used free of charge to dispose of bulky household items will be placed on the following roads between 9am-2pm.

  •          Duddell Road
  •          Ashman Street
  •          Robert Heath Street
  •          Coseley Street
  •          Jupiter Street
  •          Saturn Road
  •          Zamenhof Road
  •          Community Drive
  •          Esperanto Way !!!!!!!!
  •          Cliff Street
  •          Baden Road
  •          Skipacre Avenue

Waste land will be cleared up, new rubbish bins will be installed and there will also be litter picks.

The city council’s environment team will be sweeping and cleaning the area, pruning trees and treating weeds. Community Payback will also be helping with the clean-up.

The environmental crime team will be out in force, tackling dog fouling and fly tipping and members of the housing team will be on hand to answer questions.

Residents can pop into Smallthorne Community Centre for a well-earned – and free – cup of tea or coffee between 11.30am-1.30pm. Challenge North Staffs will be at the community centre offering guidance.

Crime prevention advice and free equipment will be handed out on the police bus, parked on Ford Green Road between 10am-4pm, and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out home fire safety checks.

Street pastors will visit the area as well as the Local Matters and Safer City Partnership teams.

Street Games sessions, offering free sporting activities for young people aged eight to 18, will run for five consecutive Wednesdays starting on February 20. They will take place from 4.30pm-6pm at Norton Cricket Club, Station Road in Norton.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community, said:

“The Respect events bring key local organisations into the heart of the community, allowing residents to access information and advice right on their doorstep.

“People can make a real difference by getting actively involved in cleaning up their area, sprucing up green spaces and disposing of any unwanted bulky household items in the skips. The events give people a sense of pride and help to make their community a great place to live. I would encourage residents to take part in this initiative.”

Source:Stoke Gov

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