Rallying call for Week of Action

RESIDENTS on a town estate are being urged to join forces and help improve their area.

The Southbrook Week of Action will run from Monday to Friday next week and is being organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership.

Activities will include a community litter pick, help cutting back overgrown trees and hedges and graffiti removal.

Danetre School in Hawke Road on the estate will also be getting involved by hosting waste and recycling workshops for the youngsters.

Police and environmental enforcement officers will carry out extra patrols and the Streetvibe youth team will be out in the evening to engage with young people and discuss any issues they have.

Security equipment will also be installed at the homes of the most vulnerable people.

The organisers are warning people that enforcement action such as fines will be taken against residents who are not looking after their homes. This includes mess in the front gardens and overhanging trees.

Vice-chair of the partnership, Cllr Alan Hills, said: “This Week of Action in Southbrook has been designed to try and help improve the quality of life for people living in the area through a range of activities.

“Members of the community are welcome to get involved and I hope that residents enjoy the end result.”

The Southbrook estate has suffered in the past with crime and antisocial behaviour.

The latest initiative has won the backing of the police and Danetre School.

Sgt Matt Manifold from the Daventry Safer Community Team said: “During the course of the week we will be visiting people in the area who it is believed will benefit the most from a range of crime prevention measures. Those measures will include the installation of SmartWater systems, a visit from Care and Repair and visits from officers to provide crime prevention advice.”

Jim Davies, teacher at Danetre School said: “We believe young people should be encouraged to care for and respect the environment in which they live in. We all need to care a little more about what we do with our rubbish too if we want our green and pleasant land to remain.”

For more information or to get involved in the Week of Action, contact Lindsay Checkley from Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.