Yesterday Roman Way Estate in Edgbaston staged a big community clean up day which was paid for via a grant applied for by a resident from the Community Crime Fighter Fund.
The money paid for brooms, litter piickers, etc. for a tidy up plus food for a barbecue which was run by the local police. It also paid for a crime newsletter and for skips which were positioned on the estate so residents could dispose of their large bulky items (such as furniture).
Edgbaston Ward’s three Councillors, of whom I am one, and the constituency’s Community Safety Officer all turned out to help. Cllr Fergus Robinson and I set to, litter picking the bank of the Bourn Brook where it passes the estate. It didn’t take us very long to fill two large sacks.
The local community crime fighter role facilitates a relationship between residents, the police, Councillors and council staff. We are certainly all working together on the Roman Way Estate!