Street re­vamp to put end to ‘liv­ing hell’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Etken­m­cer­lain

A LONG-AWAITED re­gen­er­a­tion scheme for an area of Peter­bor­ough plagued by crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour will be­come a re­al­ity.

Res­i­dents of Fel­lowes Gar­dens, in Flet­ton, will see a ma­jor re­vamp of their street thanks to a joint in­vest­ment of more than £700,000 by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Cross Keys Homes.

For many years now the es­tate has been a hotspot for crime and the lay­out of the area, com­pris­ing of 63 houses and two blocks of flats, has been blamed for cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of “poor nat­u­ral sur­veil­lance”.

Those liv­ing on the es­tate have pre­vi­ously de­scribed the crime prob­lems as cre­at­ing a “liv­ing hell”, with cars and bins set on fire, bricks thrown through win­dows, walls dam­aged and kids climb­ing over fences onto the nearby rail­way tracks.

A com­mu­nity ef­fort over the last 12 months led by the Fel­lowes Gar­dens Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion has seen things im­prove, but it is hoped the re­gen­er­a­tion of the es­tate will all but erad­i­cate crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The work, which is ex­pected to be­gin soon with the fund­ing se­cured, will look to re­move the se­cluded ar­eas which en­cour­age crime through the de­mo­li­tion and re­place­ment of garages, im­proved park­ing ar­eas, new fenc­ing and new light­ing through­out the hous­ing ar­eas.

There will also be an up­grade to the communal and play ar­eas on the es­tate.

Alan Clark, chair­man of the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, has said work on the es­tate is long over­due and hopes it can start as soon as pos­si­ble.

He said: “It’s been a long wait. We have had this fenc­ing here for the last 20 years.

“Touch wood, things have qui­etened down over the last year and to be fair to Cross Keys, the coun­cil and the po­lice have been mak­ing the ef­fort down here.”

Ward coun­cil­lors Matthew Lee and Lu­cia Ser­luca paid trib­ute to the work Mr Clark has done in his neigh­bour­hood and are de­lighted that fund­ing for the project has fi­nally been ap­proved.

Cllr Lee said: “We are de­lighted that af­ter a num­ber of years in the off­ing we have been able to find the fund­ing to do this. It will make a real dif­fer­ence to lo- cal peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly get­ting rid of some of the garages to cre­ate some good views and re­duce anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

Cllr Ser­luca added: “The res­i­dents have re­ally been be­hind this work and the city coun­cil and Cross Keys Homes would not have been able to do this with­out their in­put.

“In par­tic­u­lar we would like to thank Alan Clark for all of his work.”

re­gen­er­a­tion: Cllr Matthew Lee, Alan Clark and Cllr Lu­cia Ser­luca who hope re­gen­er­a­tion work will trans­form the trou­ble-spot Fel­lowes Gar­dens. (METP-10-05-12AS063) Picture: ALAN STORER.

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