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Neighbours come together to sign Neighbourhood agreement

NEIGHBOURS in Barlaston have signed up to build stronger community relations in their area.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Staffordshire Police, Greenfingers and Stafford Borough Council are working customers on the Wedgwood Estate to improve their neighbourhood through a neighbourhood agreement.

“The agreement aims to help bring the community in Barlaston closer together and make it a better place for everyone to live,” said Sophia Hall, SARH Neighbourhood Services Officer.

“We have recently created similar successful projects at a multi-storey housing block called Pennycrofts Court and at Hesketh Road which have both been met with a positive response and helped create a better environment to live in.”

The neighbourhood agreement – which was signed at the Respect Action Day on Thursday, August 4 – was put together following consultation between SARH’s Neighbourhood Services Team and local residents.

The neighbourhood agreement sets out the commitments of customers living on the Wedgwood Estate to being good neighbours and communicating more closely with one another with the support of the four agencies.

Some of the key priorities for customers in the community agreement include:

  • Keep the area free of litter and to recycle using the appropriate bins.
  • Report any graffiti and vandalism to Stafford and Rural Homes.
  • Not to cause loud noises that are a nuisance to neighbours.
  • Park with consideration for neighbours’ access to property.
  • Report issues of crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to Stafford and Rural Homes and the Police.
  • Ensuring pets are kept under control at all times.

The Respect Action Day event, funded by Stone Community and Learning Partnership and SARH, was also an opportunity for SARH to launch its new Neighbourhood First brand which aims to promote the positive work they carry out in the community.

Customers talked to SARH and its partner organisations about neighbourhood issues and were given advice about community projects.

“The event was a great opportunity for our customers to meet SARH staff and representatives from our partners face-to-face and engage with us on a range of issues in the local community,” said Anna McLauchlan, SARH Neighbourhoods Project Officer.

Organisations including Barlaston Women’s Institute, Age Concern, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Barlaston First Responders, Stafford Borough Council, Barlaston Parish Council and SARH offered support and advice.

Youngsters were entertained with a range of free activities including face painting, a climbing wall, and bouncy castle.

There was also a raffle with prizes provided by Barlaston Garden Centre, Anthony Payton Chiropodists, M Davies Butchers, The Upper House, Kitson’s Chemist, Mayfair Drycleaners, Adam Josef Hairdressers, Premier, and Londis.

The Respect Action Day initiative follows on from the success of previous events held over the past year at Blythe Bridge, North End, Silkmore, Doxey, Burton Manor, and Highfields.

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