CONCERNS over anti social behaviour, cleanliness and a reduction in street lighting were all voiced at two recent street surgeries in the Redditch’s Central Ward.
Organised by local Labour Councillors Greg and Debbie Chance, the surgeries gave local residents in the Lodge Road / Oakly Road area an opportunity to have their say on a range of issues.
“This part of Redditch seems to have been forgotten about,” said Greg.
“The recurring theme was that our residents feel the Smallwood area has been allowed to become dirtier and less attractive over the past 12 months.
“People feel increasingly frustrated when they see more and more litter and verges where grass has been left to grow waist high.”
The call for action comes after new figures revealed the ward has the highest level of child poverty in Worcestershire.
Debbie added there was a general feeling the area was being ignored.
“People here are angry because they feel the council is not fulfilling its basic responsibilities to keep them safe.
“There have been numerous reports of anti social behaviour, including public drinking and drug abuse.
“One resident was particularly concerned this had escalated since a reduction in street lighting – she does not feel safe in her own street after dark.
“I will be feeding these issues back to the local policing team urgently.”
Residents of Oakly Road also raised the subject of permit parking and the councillors agreed to press for a new consultation on this.
They have also promised to fight for Central Ward to ensure it is not left behind as the council discusses plans for regeneration.
“We will be fighting to make our area tidy, well cared for and welcoming for all of our residents,” said Greg.
“These are not unreasonable or complicated requests.”
The husband and wife team intend to hold more street surgeries across Central Ward.