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Residents, local councillors and staff at New Cross in Sutton

Council leads successful Community Event in New Cross

Ashfield District Council has once again teamed up to engage with residents in the New Cross area of Sutton.

The event was held to understand local issues within the area relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, health and wellbeing and housing.

Families had a chance to engage with the Police, Fire Service and Council services and children could take a look around the emergency service vehicles.

Local Councillors Cllr Samantha Deakin and Cllr Helen-Ann Smith were joined by Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue and Council teams including Environmental Health, Community Safety and Health and Wellbeing.

The teams joined forces to visit over 80 homes within the area. Health and Wellbeing officers engaged with residents as part of the Feel Good Families programme and Environmental Health Officers consulted on the Selective Licensing scheme in the area. Nottinghamshire Fire Officers fitted smoke alarms and discussed fire safety and security measures with the occupiers.

The Council also carried out a large-scale day of action in the New Cross area of Sutton in March, organised by local ward Councillor Samantha Deakin.

Councillor Deakin, local Councillor for Sutton Central and New Cross, said: “By holding events like this and continuously engaging with residents, we are able to build community confidence and understand what services can do to assist local communities.

“This is just part of work to gain a better understanding of the area’s needs. We know that parts of New Cross have long-standing problems, so this is just the start of work to strengthen communities and make residents feel pride within their local area.”

Many residents came out to interact with the local services on the day, one saying: “It’s been fantastic to see different services visit our area today and engage positively with so many people This is a good way to build up trust with the local community and understand things from our perspective.”

The Council will continue its work with partners to review residents’ feedback and improve the local area.