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New agreement aims to build stronger community relations

NEIGHBOURS in Stafford have agreed to work together to build stronger community relations in their area.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is working with its customers to improve their neighbourhood with the launch of a community agreement.

The agreement sets out the commitments of customers living at Hesketh Road to being good neighbours and communicating more closely with one another with the support of SARH.

Andrew Deacon, 21, lives in Hesketh Road and was one of the customers who signed the agreement.

“I think the agreement will help to bring the community at Hesketh Road closer together and make it a better place for everyone to live,” he said.

The agreement aims to build on the success of a similar SARH project at a multi story housing block called Pennycrofts Court, which has been met with a positive response and helped create a better environment to live in.

The agreement for Hesketh Road has been put together following a series of meetings between SARH’s Neighbourhood Services Team and local residents, where the priorities for the document were finalised.

Some of the key priorities in the community agreement include:

• Keeping stairwells clean
• Making sure music isn’t played too loud
• Refraining from shouting between floors
• Working together to make a stand against intimidating behaviour.
• Ensuring dogs are kept on their leads and are not allowed to foul in the communal grounds.

The agreement will be monitored monthly by the Hesketh Road Action Team, which is made up of SARH staff and customers and then reviewed every year to make sure it is still meeting everyone’s needs.

It is also hoped that any new customers moving into Hesketh Road will sign up to the agreement when they begin their tenancy, helping them to settle in and immediately feel part of the community.

“The aim of the community agreement is to help all our customers in Hesketh Road to live their lives in a safe and peaceful environment,” said SARH neighbourhood services officer Julia Tompson.

“The document doesn’t replace a tenancy agreement but outlines how our customers are committed to showing care and consideration for one another.”

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