by Ian Shires on 14 March, 2012
Spent some quality time yesterday at a couple of residents meetings.
The first was with a relatively new group who have come together with a view to improving the local environment on and around the Allens Rough Estate in New Invention.
This group has already achieved real successes in getting some long standing problems sorted. The treatment of empty properties has been changed so that they don’t stay boarded up any longer than is necessary. Tidy ups have taken place across the area and Walsall Housing Group (WHG) has begun the new grounds maintenance programme. The council through its area management team along with the safer borough partnership has ordered “P” gates which will improve safety for pedestrians on a number of walkways following consultation. Hopefully this means that they will be installed within weeks rather than months.
There remain other issues which the group want to see resolved. These include getting WHG to tackle the problem of parking across the estate. There are numerous empty garages which have become an eyesore and magnet for anti social behaviour. The group want consultation to take place on the future plans WHG might have on these garage areas with a view to helping solve the parking problems on the estate.
The condition of footpaths has been raised with WHG. Many have had no attention since the estate was built in the early 80s and have been affected by tree roots and general neglect.
A small working group has been formed to look at what can be done with “The Clay Hill” in Hilton Road, next to “The Allens Centre”. If you live on Allens Rough and would like to help with this project or you have some ideas as to what can be done to improve it, the group would really like to hear from you
The next main meeting of ARRA will be in June. Further details will be posted nearer to the date.4 Comments