Tenants help clean up their estate

Councillors Susan Davey, Grant Davey and Allan Hepple join volunteers at the community clean up on Cowpen Estate, Blyth. Picture by Trevor Walker.
Councillors Susan Davey, Grant Davey and Allan Hepple join volunteers at the community clean up on Cowpen Estate, Blyth. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Residents on a Blyth estate were called into action to help improve the appearance of their community.

Northumberland County Council’s housing team joined forces with Northumbria Police to run a community action week on the Cowpen estate.

A number of different activities took place throughout the week including drop-in sessions with community police officers and estate inspections.

Tenants were also able to meet the local housing management team, in confidence, about any issues relating to their tenancy.

A money advice officer was also on hand to answer any financial concerns.

Free dog chipping and animal welfare advice, street-clean-ups and a special parent and child litter pick were also organised.

Northumberland County Councillor Allan Hepple, cabinet member for housing, said: “Residents’ concerns and views about what is happening in their community is very important to the council.”

Councillor and ward member, Susan Davey, said: “It’s great to see the community getting involved in helping to enhance the appearance of their area.

“Events such as this help residents to take responsibility for their community.”

Police Community Support Officer for the area, Caroline Muter, said: “These types of community-based events are vital in helping us learn more about the views and concerns of members of the public, who may not want to come to a police station or contact us over the phone.”

“It also helps us to build up a relationship with the community.”