Brownfield Estate Board listed for National Award

01 Oct 2014

Poplar HARCA’s Brownfield residents estate board have been shortlisted in a national award which recognises the tremendous work they have done tackling ASB on their estate.

The Resident and Communities Award criteria was for applications which showcased positive outcomes for victims and the wider community, creative initiatives to resolve neighbourhood issues and outstanding commitment and dedication. The Brownfield estate have been shortlisted against two other finalists with the winner being revealed on November 11th at the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group awards.

In the last year the Brownfield estate board have taken it upon themselves to improve community cohesion and reduce ASB in a whole host of different ways. From joint estate visits to highlight areas where repairs or estate changes could reduce the likelihood of ASB occurring, to ‘days of action’ – multi agency door knocks coordinated with Police, Fire Brigade and Youth Services where every resident was visited.

All of this has had an overwhelmingly positive impact – increasing how safe residents feel in this area up to a staggering 95%.

ASB Manager Joe Williams said: “It’s fantastic to see the hard work the board have put in recognised nationally. They have supported and worked with our team to really make a difference in the area – consistently volunteering their own free time to make sure their estate is a safer place to live.”

Brownfield estate board chair Sandra Chalmers said: “We are thrilled to have been short listed for the SLCNG award. As an estate board we have introduced Days of Action every 3 months, we walk the estate at different times throughout the day and in the evenings, we are also there for residents when and if they need us with many residents knowing us by name.”