City Road - Local Centre Management Initiative

What is it all about?

The City Road initiative is a partnership between the Council, businesses, residents and local organisations to improve conditions in City Road.

It aims to actively involve the local community in addressing centre management issues such as traffic, litter, run down buildings, crime and safety.

  How did it begin?

A local centre management team was set up, led by local Councillors with representatives from a range of Council departments and agencies such as the police. This team identified key issues relating to City Road, which were supported by the findings of residents and business surveys.

In October 1998, exhibitions were held to seek people's views and invite them to join the initiative. Local school children were also involved in an environmental project.

What is happening now?

Community topic groups have been set up to look at the street environment, run down buildings and community safety and have been meeting regularly since January 1999.

The work of the topic groups includes practical projects such as developing a community safety audit, promoting Neighbourhood Watch, identifying problem buildings as well as contributing towards the development of transport proposals for City Road and environmental initiatives such as tree planting. An important element of this work is to develop wider inks with the community and outside bodies such as youth/ethnic groups and schools and colleges.

A community forum will meet periodically to review the work of the group and progress on the initiative generally.

What next?

The next stage is to develop a strategy and action plan that sets out how partners in the initiative can work together to tackle the issues.

It is intended that public consultation on a draft strategy will be carried out before a final document is approved.

How can you get involved?

If you would like to come along to any of the groups or would like to find out more about the initiative, please phone Janine Jones or Don Davidson in the Community Planning Team on 029 2087 3264 or 029 2087 3210.