Two-day blitz makes neighbourhood safer, cleaner and greener


Plus Dane Housing and Cheshire Constabulary have been working with the local community in Congleton to make a popular neighbourhood safer, cleaner and greener.

During the two-day initiative on August 9 and 10, housing officers, the INES grounds maintenance team and the police joined forces to tackle local issues in the Brunswick Street area.

As part of Plus Dane’s commitment to improving neighbourhoods, officers spent time landscaping parts of the estate and tackling areas where there had been problems with fly-tipping.

Elderly tenants were also visited by officers to discuss Plus Dane’s support services for older residents.

In a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area, officers from Cheshire Police have been working closely with local residents to address any of their concerns.

Officers also conducted a warrant at an address on Newbold Court, where they recovered a small quantity of drugs. As a result of the warrant a 29-year old woman has since been interviewed under caution.

Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man was arrested at an address on Rode Court for breaching a court warrant. The man, who resides in Betchton Court, has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at South and East Cheshire Magistrates later today (Wednesday 10th August 2016).

Following the proactive action, there has been lots of positive feedback from tenants and a number of people have shown interest in setting up a residents group for the flats.

Andrea Howarth, Director of Housing, said: “We carry out a wide range of work to improve our neighbourhoods and build communities throughout the year and this initiative is a great example of how working with the police and our tenants has resulted in positive action. Not only is the area cleaner and greener, but together with the police have dealt with some issues of anti-social behaviour. This has made our tenants even more determined to make their community a place they want to live, and they are now looking to set up their own residents group to continue to work together and in partnership with us, the Police, and other local partners.”

Sergeant Ross Hamilton said: “Engaging with local communities is a vital part of the work that we do, and by working together with local residents and our partners we can make a real difference.

 “This operation has been a great success and I look forward to continuing to work closely with local residents from the Brunswick Street area to help make the local community safer, cleaner and greener.”

Following the two day event Plus Dane Housing and Cheshire Constabulary are now looking to set up a new Home Watch Scheme in the Brunswick Street area to help address local concerns, provide reassurance and further reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the local area.