Sunday, 17 December 2017

Residents urged to care for community

RESIDENTS of Henley are being asked to get together to improve the areas where they live.

RESIDENTS of Henley are being asked to get together to improve the areas where they live.

Henley in Bloom wants different streets to sign up to the It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative, which encourages communities to make their areas greener and cleaner.

Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “The scheme is about bringing people together, whether that is two houses next to each other, or a whole street, or an entire estate. It’s all about making the community better.”

She said residents could take part by litter-picking, weeding, tending their gardens or by looking after community spaces.

“It’s about is looking out for each other, helping each other and working towards something. If you get people to do the work for themselves they have come together and they are more likely to keep it that way.”



David Eggleton, 56, started an It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme on the Gainsborough estate last year and said it had a positive effect on the area.

He said: “We have achieved a lot in a short space of time. It helped us get our street signs changed by the council. The council noticed the good work we have done and was more willing to help.

“People were a bit scared of the idea to begin with but it’s all for the better now. They want to know what they can do to help.”

To take part in It’s Your Neighbourhood, email bloom @henleytowncouncil.gov.uk



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