Page Hall residents told to ‘love where you live’ as Sheffield council cracks down on estate
Residents in Page Hall are being urged to adopt a ‘love where you live’ attitude as a new council boss has been appointed to tackle issues in the troubled Sheffield suburb.
Sheffield Council has created a new Community Services Manager role for Page Hall in response to growing concerns about issues in the area including fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour, drugs and people congregating in the streets at all times of the day and night.
James Richards, who managed the Environmental Protection Service at Sheffield City Council for 12 years prior to taking on the new role, is tasked with working with residents, councillors and partner organisations to address and resolve issues that residents face.
An action plan will then be developed for the next 12 months.
The council’s street wardens in Page Hall area will also work directly with the new Community Services Manager.
Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “We understand that people living in Page Hall are frustrated about ongoing issues such as anti-social behaviour and waste on the streets.
“We are working hard with South Yorkshire Police, local community groups and residents to address these problems and with wardens out seven days a week, we are seeing progress on the ground.
“However, we know that more needs to be done to bring security and pride back in to this neighbourhood and we want residents to know that they are not being ignored. Our new Community Services Manager will lead on agreeing and delivering an action plan with clear priorities and goals for the next 12 months."
He added: “By drilling down to the root causes and joining up our approach we hope to see a notable difference across various problem areas. For instance, addressing education issues and leisure opportunities should ultimately have a positive impact on antisocial behaviour.
“Creating a 'love where you live' attitude amongst residents should have a positive impact on the disposal of waste.
“There is a lot of work to be done but we are passionate about making Page Hall a welcoming and vibrant community for all.”