Kettering grot spot gets a new lease of life after partnership clean-up

Volunteers, police officers, firefighters and council workers during the clean-up in Mill Road, Kettering, on Monday (June 29)
Volunteers, police officers, firefighters and council workers during the clean-up in Mill Road, Kettering, on Monday (June 29)

Police officers, firefighters, council workers and adults with learning disabilities all joined forces to clean-up a Kettering grot spot on Monday morning (June 29) and help give it a new lease of life.

A paved area at the junction between Mill Road and Linden Avenue had become overgrown with weeds and foliage and wooden struts sticking out of the ground were all that remained of a number of benches.

Police, firefighters, council workers and volunteers from Olympus Care in Kettering have revamped part of Mill Road in the town

Police, firefighters, council workers and volunteers from Olympus Care in Kettering have revamped part of Mill Road in the town

However, a committed group of police officers, firefighters from Kettering station’s White Watch, workers from Ricoh and Kettering Council and a small group of adults with learning disabilities from Olympus Care in Kettering visited the site on Monday morning and gave it a complete revamp.

Northamptonshire Police said the patch, opposite the Mill Road park, was in danger of becoming a hotspot for anti-social behaviour, graffiti and street drinking.

PC Megan Sae-Thang said: “At the moment, this area is a trouble-spot for crime.

“We regularly see anti-social behaviour there and reports of things like graffiti and street drinking.

“By working together with the community to improve the site, we hope we’ll be able to get rid of the problems in the area and create a real community facility for the future.”

The project is part of Northamptonshire Police’s Futures Programme, which is designed to tackle crime, improve the quality of life for residents and improve the way the force works with the community and local businesses.

Companies and organisations which have donated plants, tools and manpower for the gardening event include B&Q, Ricoh, HSS Tool Hire, Ise Garden Centre, The Phoenix Resource Centre and Kettering Council.

As well as the Linden Avenue clean-up, another team visited Dove Care Home in Albert Street and tidied the gardens there.