Canal clean-up a safety boost
People praised for Grand Union efforts
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