Neigh­bours take a stand

Join­ing forces to fight back against anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

NEIGH­BOURS in Cowley who are fed up with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour are tak­ing a stand by set­ting up a res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

The Her­itage Close RA will of­fi­cially form when it holds its first meet­ing on Mon­day and con­sist of peo­ple living in hous­ing blocks around the area.

It is be­ing cre­ated in re­sponse to prob­lems in­clud­ing drug use, noise dis­tur­bance, lit­ter­ing and fly-tip­ping.

One of its found­ing mem­bers John Grit­tini said: “Hope­fully this will make this a nicer neigh­bour­hood and make the area a bet­ter place to live.

“We have prob­lems with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, fly tip­ping and kids smok­ing cannabis, so we’ve de­cided to do some­thing about it.

“We tell the coun­cil if there’s a prob­lem with lit­ter and they send waste peo­ple to do ex­tra pick­ups. The place is start­ing to look nicer than it did.

“And if there’s a group of kids hang­ing about in the stair­wells we tell the po­lice. They move them on and now they don’t come around here again.

“We’re mak­ing an ef­fort and we’re win­ning – we’re start­ing to see that.”

Over re­cent times, peo­ple living in the area have been work­ing closely with Hilling­don Coun­cil and the Met po­lice to tackle prob­lems they reg­u­larly deal with.

Mr Grit­tini hopes the new RA will lead to more of this good work.

He said: “We know there are peo­ple who are afraid to talk about the is­sues be­cause they don’t want to go up against th­ese peo­ple on their own. But you can if you’re part of a group. You can be more vo­cal be­cause there’s safety in num­bers.”

There are about 50 homes in the new RA catch­ment area, but the aim is to in­crease this fig­ure sig­nif­i­cantly once it is up and run­ning.

Mr Grit­tini said: “Once we have formed we are go­ing to con­tact peo­ple around the neigh­bour­hood and ask ‘would you like to be a mem­ber?’.

“We want to get more peo­ple in­volved.”

Pro­vid­ing the Her­itage Close RA with help have been Uxbridge South Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors Ju­dith Cooper and Keith Bur­rows.

Coun­cil­lor Cooper said RAs were an ex­cel­lent way in en­gag­ing peo­ple with their com­mu­nity, adding: “This is an area that needs a lit­tle help and could ben­e­fit from a res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

“A lot of res­i­dents are busy with their own lives.

“We want clean streets and a tidy place and some­where we can be proud to live.

“I think ten­ant and res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions are one way peo­ple can take pride in their en­vi­ron­ment and pride in their es­tate.”

The Her­itage Close RA will form at a public meet­ing start­ing at 7pm, at The Malt Shovel, in Iver Lane, on Mon­day.

n ‘WE’RE WIN­NING’: Mem­bers of Her­itage Close RA

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