Call for Street residents to begin new era of civic pride
There are high hopes that the new year will usher in a new era of civic pride in Street.
Determined to shake off its image of a poor relation to Glastonbury when it comes to community spirit, a rallying cry has gone out to Street residents to get involved, get their hands dirty and help to make the village a better place to live.
The first event will see a team of volunteers, including the Lions club, Neighbourhood Watch, parish councillors, police, Street Society, Realm, the Chamber of Trade and staff from Tesco take part in a litter pick through Street.
They hope they will be joined by a willing band of volunteer local residents, happy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into making the village a more community-spirited place to live.
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The council hope it will be the first of many days that will see volunteers and residents getting together to tackle the issues people have been complaining about.
“We held an open forum last month for people to say how they thought Street could be improved,” said parish clerk, Linda Ruff.
“People identified places like the library garden, grass cutting and bus stops as things they’d like to see given some attention.
“So with this in mind, and with offers of volunteers from the staff at Tesco, and the Lions and Neighbourhood watch, we thought we’d have our first civic pride event.”
The first event will be a litter pick on January 13 between 10am and noon.
Teams of volunteers will work their way from the roundabout at Glaston Road, up through the High Street.
Tesco have agreed to provide black bags for the litter, while the parish council will provide gloves and deal with the disposal of the litter.
“We’re looking to arrange events based on the things that people have been complaining to us about,” said Councillor Val Appleby, chairman of Street Parish Council.
“We’ve heard rumblings and complaints that Street is looking a little shoddier than it used to – mostly because of the financial cuts that have been placed upon us by the district and county councils.
“So we are urging people to get involved and to help us fill the gaps that are being left.
“It’s a chance for people to take matters into their own hands and to join us in working together to make Street a place people are proud to live in.”
As well as litter, weeds and overgrown brambles are also being lined up as targets of future civic pride days.
“We want people to know that they don’t have to join a society or a group to do their bit to help Street,” Mrs Appleby said.
“We’ll let people know what we’ll be doing and when, and we hope that they’ll come along and join us.”
Do you think that Street needs an injection of civic pride? Will you be taking part in the litter pick? If not, why not?
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