Sedgley alleyway on the path to restoration
Volunteers from a Sedgley food store have begun work on the restoration of a local alleyway which has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour in recent years after falling into disrepair.
Published 31 May 2016 in Community
The project is the brainchild of Lee Brown, manager of The Midcounties Co-operative Food store on High Holborn Road, which is adjacent to the Ladies Walk alleyway, who took action after hearing several complaints from local residents about the issues surrounding the area.
Phase one of the work was completed earlier this month, and was supported by Dudley Council, who provided litter pickers and bow saws to the team of 30 volunteers to help clear up the alleyway.
Further work in the coming months will see the ground levelled off, with the store set to work with the local community centre and gardening club to restore the area.
The project, which is also backed by the local police and CPSOs, has the ultimate aim of installing security lighting and cameras ahead of the completion of work before winter, helping to create a safe environment for those using Ladies Walk.
It follows the introduction of The Midcounties Co-operative’s ‘Regional Communities Strategy’, which sees colleagues working in partnership with their communities, to identify what its local challenges are. As part of the programme, the Society supports in driving improvements in these areas, by making sustainable and long lasting differences through colleague and member involvement.
Lee Brown, Manager of The Midcounties Co-operative Food in Sedgley, said: “Having worked in the store for several years, I’ve long been aware of the issues surrounding the Ladies Walk alleyway, and it’s been a priority of mine since becoming store manager to address them.
“With the support of Dudley Council and the local police, we’re pleased to have made a start on the project, and we’ll keep working hard over the next few months to make sure that the alleyway becomes not only safe, but a place that all residents can feel proud of.”