Notorious trouble hotspot rises from flames

Fire aftermath at Goodall Crescent
Fire aftermath at Goodall Crescent

A HUCKNALL estate once plagued by crime and vandalism, including arson attacks and illegal bonfires, is being cleaned up with the help of a thriving action group.

The Goodall Area Tenants’ and Residents’ Association says the once-troubled Goodall Crescent is now home to a thriving community spirit.

Some 20 local residents are involved in the scheme, helped by Ashfield Homes, and have set up regular open surgeries with councillors.

Group chairman Mo Brookes (63), of nearby Brickyard Drive, said: “I think it’s fair to say the area is generally improving.

“A year ago people were reporting drugs needles being left around but now it’s more like ‘I’ve got mould on the ceiling’.

“You have to get the trust of the tenants and get the job done.”

Past troubles include illegal bonfires started on a grass area in 2009, which culminated in a mob surrounding a police car.

And in January last year, a mum-of-two claimed she found blood on the walls and used needles in the stairwell of the block where she lived.

Councillor Keir Morrison (Lab), of Hucknall, attends surgeries set up by the tenants’ group and said the plan was to act quickly on reports of problems.

“I’ll take the issues on board and as soon as I’m in the front door, I will e-mail the relevant council officer,” he said.

“Instead of things dragging out for weeks, the idea is to act there and then and nip problems in the bud.”