Action week bids for better Bulwell

HUNGER FOR HEALTHY EATING --Bill Blackamore, of the Bulwell Forest Action Group, hands out carrots and grapes to Ron and Carole Minns, at a health and wellbeing event during the week of action
HUNGER FOR HEALTHY EATING --Bill Blackamore, of the Bulwell Forest Action Group, hands out carrots and grapes to Ron and Carole Minns, at a health and wellbeing event during the week of action

A WEEK of action has been staged in Bulwell to target key priorities — from anti-social behaviour to healthy living.

The event, which started on Monday March 21 and runs until Saturday March 26, is also a milestone.

For it is five years since the first-ever week of action held in the whole of Nottingham was organised in Bulwell.

Since then, the strategy has been a crucial weapon in helping the police, Nottingham City Council and other organisations to work with the public to improve their towns.

During the latest week of action, advice on jobs, training, protecting homes and beating local gangs and criminals has been on offer.

Partners have looked at improving Bulwell town centre, cleaning streets, tackling traffic problems and targeting anti-social behaviour on Snape Wood Estate in particular.

Things kicked off with a health and wellbeing event on Bulwell Market Place, offering residents advice on eating healthily, getting more exercise and accessing services to deal with teenage pregnancy and drug and alcohol addictions.

A jobs fair was held on Market Place on Thursday (March 24) and residents have also engaged with local police to find out about Neighbourhood Alert, a web-based system that notifies users about crime in their area.

‘Bobby Bear’ has visited each of the primary schools in the town to introduce children to work on personal safety, respect and citizenship, and to help build relationships with local police officers.

‘Grotspots’ have been tackled by the council with the help of Community Payback, which is a scheme where the labour is provided by people carrying out community service.

Coun Jane Urquhart (Lab), lead member for transport and area working at the city council, said: “The weeks of action have been a huge success since they started. It is fitting they have returned to Bulwell.”

The finale to the week is a community day at Snape Wood Community Centre on Snape Wood Road on Saturday March 26 from 12 midday to 4 pm.