London Borough of Barnet

Second borough street ‘adopted’ by its residents

Published Tuesday 17 July 2012

An Edgware street will become the second in the borough to be ‘adopted’ by its residents this week under a pioneering scheme run by Barnet Council.

As part of the council’s ‘Adopt-a-street’ initiative, households on Garden City and Manns Road will be officially handed ownership of their street’s look and feel on Wednesday (18 July).

‘Adopt- a-street' encourages local volunteers to care for their area by carrying out extra work which will make their neighbourhoods look more attractive. With support and training from council staff, residents agree to regularly collect litter, prune overgrown greenery; sweep leaves and plant new bulbs ready for spring.

Residents in Edgware decided to take part in the scheme after noticing an increase in littering and other anti-social behaviour in their local area.

When residents sign up to adopt their street through the council’s Pledgebank website, they will automatically be provided with equipment such as litter pickers, shovels and rubbish sacks.

Prior to the winter months, ‘adopted’ streets will also receive a delivery of grit and equipment to remove snow and spread grit on their pavements.

The council will continue to deliver ‘street scene’ services such as refuse collections and road and pavement maintenance.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“Adopt-a-street is really starting to take off in Barnet, proving that the Big Society is alive and well in the borough.

“I’m delighted we’re going to be handing over control of our second street to local residents and I look forward to seeing how they will make improvements to the look and feel of the area.

“Although the council will carry-on providing statutory services, activities such as litter picking, planting and grass cutting can be carried out by households on a much more frequent basis then the council would be able to do.”

Maxine Weber, the street’s co-ordinator said:

“Our road, like many across London, has seen a big population change over the past few years. Our postman has always said Garden City was one of the few true communities left in the capital with neighbours drinking tea together in the street at every opportunity.

“It was therefore heartening to read about the Adopt-a-street scheme and the chance to work in partnership with the Council to encourage residents and landlords to take pride in the street and return a real community spirit to the area.”

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