The residents of Westleigh Road decided that we wanted to help to keep our beautiful Conservation Area looking clean and tidy and to welcome new residents to the area.
We set up a FREE Neighbourhood Watch Group in 2014. We opened a bank account and applied for Ward Funding to pay for publicity to encourage other members to join.
Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership intended to bring people together to make their communities safer. It involves the police, Community Safety organisations and individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance and by fostering a community spirit. This describes what we wanted to do for our area.
After seeking city council planning permission we bought Neighbourhood Watch signs for the lampposts and had a fun time with our local police helping to fit them.
We joined the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' scheme and planned ways in which we could improve the area. We held a planting morning when we set up a table outside one of the houses, with everything needed to plant your own basket or tub, and residents came to choose their own colour scheme and were able to make a display which suited their homes. We now feel much more of a community and enjoy getting together to plan more events.
We have made new friends amongst people who we had not before spoken to or even known their names.
Why don't you let us know how you get together or if you would like to know how to set up a FREE group similar to ours?e: firstname.lastname@example.org