L-R: Joanne Larkin (Housing Officer), PCC Barry Coppinger, Jan Ledger, Angie Crawford (Housing Officer), Kenny Jobson (Neigbourhood Caretaker)
Housing Hartlepool have been inspiring and encouraging residents to ‘Love Where They Live’ after launching a national anti-littering campaign in the town.
Residents of an area within the West View Estate alongside employees from Housing Hartlepool, Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police and the Fire Brigade, demonstrated their love for their local area in a very public way – by taking to the streets to tackle litter, fly tipping and unruly gardens, giving the estate an instant uplift.
Alongside the clean-up work, Housing Hartlepool’s neighbourhood team were on hand to provide tenancy advice and support on tackling anti-social behaviour; the Fire Brigade carried out home visits to fit free smoke alarms; and the Police offered free UV marking on valuable items often prone to theft.
The campaign, which ran over three days and involved over 20 volunteers, was such a success that similar community days are now being planned for areas across Hartlepool.
Jan Ledger, Neighbourhood Manager for Housing Hartlepool, which is part of the Vela Group said: “Everyone loves something about where they live and this campaign is about people working together as a community to make change happen.
“No-one is excluded as we can all do something, whoever we are, to make our neighbourhoods better places to live, whether this is helping to keep estates clean or tackling anti-social behaviour.”
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, who attended the event, said: “Neighbourhood pride is vital in helping to give people a good quality of life and the Police have a vital role to play, both through the day-to-day work of our Neighbourhood Policing teams and supporting this kind of initiative.
“This was a very good example of how many different agencies can work together with local people to make a real difference.”
David Frame, Hartlepool Council’s North and Coastal Neighbourhood Manager added: “It’s about bringing a sense of pride to communities that inspires individuals to come together to transform and maintain their local areas. Working in partnership directly with residents and other organisations has certainly helped to achieve this.”
Tracey Bell, Community Health and Wellbeing Manager of Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “It is projects such as this that give a real sense of community and we are delighted to have been a part of it to help improve the area we live. We offered residents free Home Fire Safety Visits to help keep them and their families safe from fire but anyone who wasn’t available can still contact us.”
Love Where You Live, launched by Keep Britain Tidy, is a national campaign aimed at inspiring everyone to think about their communities and take action to reduce litter in the locations where they live, the places they visit and the spaces that they use.
It was launched after it was reported that local authorities spend approximately £858 million across the UK cleaning streets every year.
For more information regarding future events please contact Joanne Larkin or Janis Ledger at Housing Hartlepool on 01429 525252. To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit please contact Cleveland Fire Brigade on 01429 874063.
Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2013