Community Payback success in Shelfield

Action has been taken to clear up a neglected open space in Shelfield, which had become a magnet for vandals and anti-social behaviour.

The completed fence

It follows months of complaints from neighbours who live in The Drive where sections of fencing had been vandalised and left broken and unsightly.

The fence before the Community Payback project

Complaints were made to Walsall’s area partnership team who funded the erection of a new fence, with Community Payback undertaking the work and cleaning up the area. Walsall Council’s Street Pride team assisted with the removal of debris.

Work began at the end of December 2010 and was completed in late January 2011.

“The council has been concerned at the state of this area for some time following complaints from members of the public,” said Councillor Zahid Ali, portfolio holder for communities and partnerships.

“There have been plenty of incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area, including vandalism, fly-tipping and the gatherings of groups after hours.”

Cllr Ali added: “But I’m pleased that action has now been taken to tidy up the area. The site looks tidier and it’s pleasing to know that there are less reports of anti-social behaviour.”

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2 Responses to Community Payback success in Shelfield

  1. James says:

    Nice to see the council reacting to residents concerns – and well done to Common People for covering this story – great to see documentation of something positive going on!

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