Tensions in Page Hall won’t go away overnight but it is hoped the area has turned a corner in recent weeks.
Since two thousand Roma Slovak migrants moved into Page Hall, Fir Vale, Tinsley and Darnall over the last two years community relations have been at breaking point.
Groups are still socialising outdoors, and litter and noise issues remain, but work is under way to improve the area’s housing stock, community clean-ups are planned, and agencies are working together to ensure children go to school.
Activities are organised to keep young people busy, and a new area of open space could be created for the community.
Police are even learning a smattering of Roma to help communications.
This is all very laudable but it remains to be seen how much improvement can be made to repair very real damages to long-standing residents lives.
Also, while resources are being poured into the area from the various agencies there is a danger that other parts of the city may not receive the attention that they too deserve.
The situation in Page Hall couldn’t continue as it was so these interventions must be supported.
However, it is down to the entire community to do their bit too.