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Residents call the shots at community event

Date: 16/09/2011           Category: Economic Development

Tackling anti social behaviour, making better use of local facilities and creating more opportunities for different age groups to get together are all top of the to do list in Luton and Wayfield.

The priorities for the area come after residents were invited to give their views on what they’d to see improved in their neighbourhood.

The residents were invited to set their top priorities for improvement at a listening event held at Luton Junior School at the beginning of this month as part of the Luton and Wayfield Community project.

The event also gave people the opportunity to talk about what they liked about their community, which included the facilities available at Wayfield Children’s Centre, Luton Library and their local doctors surgery.

Residents also said they felt safe in their area, there was a good sense of community, good transport links and a positive relationship with the police developed through the local PACT – police and communities together – group.

The group of residents, which included young people, families and senior citizens, took part in a range of discussions on their likes and dislikes about the area before voting on these top three priorities for improvement:

-To provide more opportunities for younger and older people in the neighbourhood to interact and get to know each other.

- To tackle antisocial behaviour such as public drinking.

- To make better use of buildings such as schools and centres for community groups and activities and to provide more spaces for young people to use.

Senior representatives from a range of different agencies and services, including the council, NHS and police were all on hand on the day and will now work with residents to develop an action plan to tackle these top priorities.

The Luton and Wayfield project is a pilot project aimed at finding better ways to engage local communities and effectively tackle issues faced in their area.

With the tagline Local People, Local Solutions, it’s a joint initiative from Medway Council alongside NHS Medway, Kent Police in Medway, Reach Out to Work schools and community groups based in the area.

By working with the community and encouraging them to talk about any issues and concerns they have, the aim is to gain residents' feedback on the services they receive and how they can be improved, as well as looking at better ways to tackle issues such as anti social behaviour within a community.

For more information on the project, contact Medway Council on 01634 338724.