Estate boost brings fall in yob nuisance

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ANTI-social behaviour has fallen after a raft of improvements to a Sheffield neighbourhood – carried out after complaints from residents.

The project to improve Edenhall Road, off City Road, began in 2009, after residents complained about safety and the quality of the environment.

Sheffield Council, Sheffield Homes, South Yorkshire Police and the Arbourthorne Centre have been involved in the programme of changes.

It has resulted in a reduction in anti-social behaviour, improvements made to homes, vacant properties being brought back into use, plus improvements inside and outside the Arbourthorne Centre.

Insp Gary Booth, from Manor and Arbourthorne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The result has been a dramatic reduction in the number of calls received from residents about anti-social behaviour and people have also told us that they feel much safer using the streets.”

Now one of the final pieces of the scheme is being carried out – improving the wide path that links Edenhall Road to City Road.

The path has already been resurfaced and a new bin has been installed.

Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law, residents and pupils from Springs Academy planted a large pin oak tree and a range of bulbs to brighten up the path.

And unique stone carvings will be installed in coming months.

Arbourthorne Centre manager Mark Boyle said: “Neighbours come and say to me how much nicer the road looks and our centre users say how great it is to have had the centre redecorated and tree and flowers planted outside.”

Coun Law said: “It’s great to be working with the local community in this area to make the changes that really matter to them.”

■ Bridges, roads and footpaths in north Derbyshire will benefit from a £900,000 repairs programme in the county beginning from February.

One bridge – the Skull and Crossbones in Brimington Road, Chesterfield – will have £330,000 spent on it and work will be finished in May.