Neighbours take a stand
Joining forces to fight back against anti-social behaviour
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.
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