Smiles all round as community clean-up leaves Kettering street looking brighter

The community clean-up on Thursday
The community clean-up on Thursday

People living in Kettering’s New Buildings in Meadow Road rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in with a community clean-up day.

Kettering Council provided some funding and officers went out to help residents in cleaning up and improving the outside area with new planting, lighting and seating on Thursday.

Residents getting stuck in with the clean-up

Residents getting stuck in with the clean-up

A skip was provided by the council and with support from the local B&Q store, also located in Meadow Road, tenants gave up their time to make the area look nicer so they can sit out and enjoy the space again.

The clean-up, which a council spokesman described as a ‘huge success,’ follows recent action taken by Kettering Council and Northamptonshire Police to tackle serious anti-social behaviour in the area.

After months of putting up with misery from just one tenant in the row of nine terraced homes, the remaining residents now have an opportunity to reclaim their homes and outside space from anti-social behaviour including littering, shouting, drug-dealing and theft.

A closure order was obtained for the property in June which meant the property owned by Kettering Council was sealed and closed to all including the tenant for a three-month period.

A skip was needed for the clean-up

A skip was needed for the clean-up

The action has provided some much needed respite for the other long suffering residents.

To help the remaining residents reclaim the use of the outside space, the council has made a number of improvements to the row of properties including new front doors and a lockable security gate to the rear communal garden to help them feel safer and more secure.

Speaking earlier this week, John Conway, head of housing at Kettering Council, said: “Following the action we’ve taken to tackle anti-social behaviour, we’re delighted to be able to help improve the outside areas at New Buildings.”

One resident affected by the anti-social behaviour taking place, who did not want to be named, said: “Since the closure order was granted, our sense of community has returned and we feel safer and more relaxed.

The area now looks a lot brighter thanks to the efforts of the residents and the council

The area now looks a lot brighter thanks to the efforts of the residents and the council

“The combined efforts of the council and the police have produced an excellent outcome for not only the neighbouring residents but the local area as well.

“We are all extremely grateful and cannot thank them enough for supporting us and acting swiftly to resolve this problem.”

Cllr Mark Rowley, the council’s portfolio holder for housing, communications and youth, said: “It’s wonderful to see the residents of New Buildings showing community spirit and joining together with council officers to improve their local area.”