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Community spirit comes together in Strood

31 July 2017

Work has started to transform an area of Strood following complaints of anti-social behaviour.

A Medway Council community warden met with residents and children in the Mayfair area to discuss the local concerns. Together they decided what action could be taken to help deter littering and inappropriate behaviour.

The council, supported by Kent Police and the Streetcops Trust, has started to create a safe and environmentally friendly area for the children, and local residents have got involved with the project. Over the coming weeks the area will be transformed into a fun and educational garden project, with equipment including a chalk board and soft balls, as well as a shed to securely store it all in.

This project would not have been possible without the support of the local community and partner agencies, including the Community Payback team which is carrying out a lot of the manual work.

The project is expected to be completed and celebrated at a community street party on Saturday, 5 August. All Mayfair residents and project partners have been invited to attend the grand opening.

Residents will be responsible for maintaining the area, and will be supported and regularly visited by their local community warden, Suzanne Delekat. Suzanne said: “This is an exciting project for the area and I cannot wait to see everything come together.”

Portfolio Holder thanks everyone who made the project possible

Cllr Rupert Turpin, Portfolio Holder covering Community Officers, said: “Our community wardens do a brilliant job all year round, and this is a good example of action they have taken after listening to residents’ concerns. However, it would not have been made possible without the support of our partner agencies and the local community. We hope this project will provide an enjoyable environment for families to spend time together. Thank you for everyone who has donated items to make this project possible.”

Supporting the community

A number of sessions have been organised for local residents to offer advice on a range of topics. The council’s public health team is offering educational talks on healthy eating and growing fruit and vegetables. Sports officers are holding an educational day on fun, free games for the whole community to take part in, and the council’s waste team is offering an educational day about littering, how to store waste and recycling tips.

In addition the Triple P programme, which provides support to families, is running a six-week course for Mayfair residents at St Nicholas Church.