Canal clean-up a safety boost

Peo­ple praised for Grand Union ef­forts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EV­ERY­ONE in­volved in a scheme to make a cor­ner of Hayes safer, ti­dier and more ac­ces­si­ble has been praised and thanked.

For years, the stretch of the Grand Union Canal close to Sta­tion Road, through North Hyde Gar­dens, was a hang out for drug users and street drinkers, and be­came filthy and lit­ter-strewn with hy­po­der­mic nee­dles scat­tered around.

Graf­fiti also cov­ered many struc­tures in the area. Com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, the po­lice and lo­cal peo­ple pitched in.

Now the area is cleaned up, a majority of lo­cal peo­ple polled say they feel safer there, ac­cord­ing to re­cent opin­ion sur­veys.

The body that runs the na­tion’s wa­ter­ways, the Canal and River Trust, has praised all in­volved and the scheme won a sil­ver award for the Hilling­don Safer Trans­port Team at the an­nual Prob­lem Ori­ented Part­ner­ship Awards, handed out by the Met Po­lice in Novem­ber.

Dick Vincent, a Canal and River Trust tow­path ranger, said: “We’re de­lighted the work to im­prove North Hyde Gar­dens has been so suc­cess­ful. I’d like to thank the po­lice and all those who have worked so hard to im­prove it.

“Lo­cal peo­ple us­ing the area have noted that the work done there has had a real im­pact. It’s a great ex­am­ple of what can hap­pen when or­gan­i­sa­tions work to­gether to prob­lem solve.

“The tow­path is now clean, safe and well looked after.”

n HANDS-ON: PC Kris Sci­gal­ski and PCSO Antony Cox clear a path Photo by Toby Van­develde www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

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