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Gatehouse clear-up day a big success

Archived press release

Date Published: 26/10/07

A special clear-up and information day to improve the Gatehouse area of Aylesbury has been declared a great success. The clear-up on 20 October involved numerous agencies working together to improve the environment and appearance of local streets...

A special clear-up and information day to improve the Gatehouse area of Aylesbury has been declared a great success.

The clear-up on 20 October involved numerous agencies working together to improve the environment and appearance of local streets and enhance the quality of life for residents, as well as reducing fear of crime.

Organised by the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, its participants tackled all aspects of cleaning the streets, including graffiti removal, litter-picking and verge-trimming.

Extensive tidying and cleaning was done in Northern Road, Bicester Road, West Street, Ardenham Street and Mount Pleasant by more than 30 volunteers and individuals from concerned groups. Some of these streets have been identified through police data as having the most number of incidents in the Gatehouse area over the past six months.

Large amounts of graffiti was scrubbed off walls and more than 20 bags of rubbish were picked up, along with larger items of waste including an exercise bike, oil drum and old and discarded car batteries.

Advice on home security, fire safety, anti-social behaviour issues, local community projects and housing was also on offer to residents taking part.

The Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership brings together agencies including the district and county councils, the police and fire service to address community issues through a range of local projects and initiatives.  The partnership works closely with residents, community groups and partners to improve the local environment and quality of life for people at home, at school or at work in the area.

Nigel Brooke, Chairman of the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership, said: “It was a positive and successful event which demonstrates how all the agencies can work together to benefit Aylesbury Vale. We are particularly pleased that so many people from the local area took part in this community initiative which has provided a real boost to the Gatehouse area. It’s great to see the area looking clean and tidy and I hope this clear-up encourages local people to keep it that way.” 

Chief Inspector Dick Auger, Thames Valley Police, said: “I am really pleased with the endeavours of those involved in the clear-up day; especially the volunteers who gave up their time to make a difference. Making our neighbourhoods safer is all about working together with statutory partners, voluntary agencies and members of the public. This is an excellent example of what happens when all those elements come together for a worthwhile purpose. No wonder Aylesbury Vale appears so high up in a recent national ‘quality of life’ survey.”

The clear-up day was funded by the Local Public Service Agreement (LPSA). The campaign is part of a three-year commitment to reduce domestic burglary and arson in Buckinghamshire. All local services are signed up to this agreement, including Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire County Council, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, district councils, the Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust and voluntary agencies such as Crimestoppers and Victim Support.

 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk