Residents living close to the Tesco store in Longton will get a big dose of respect from a whole host of community leaders and organisations on Monday 17th June.

The Bridgewood Street area is to get a massive spring clean with the Stoke-on-Trent City Council team out in force to help and support the community.

Council clean up teams will be joined by the long arm of the law, fire fighters, youth workers and a host of other agencies – and for the Community Payback team will be putting their muscle into a heavy duty support for older residents.

The event is just the latest in a series of city wide RESPECT days organised by the council, working with a host of other agencies.

The usual on-street skip service will be on hand so householders can clear out their gardens and join in the drive for Pride in Our City. The Community Payback team will be going the extra mile and doing the heavy fetching and carrying for older residents.

The council’s environment teams will be cutting hedges and grass and clearing weeds.

The police will bring their special crime prevention bus to the Tesco car park and will provide a FREE number plate screw replacement service between 10am and 4pm.

The City Youth Service will be on hand to give advice and information – helping keep local young people engaged and involved.

The Fire and Rescue Service will be providing Home Fire Risk Checks for residents and council advisors will be on hand to deal with a host of other community issues, questions and ideas.

Council cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and communities Janine Bridges said it was all about respect.

“Local people have enormous pride in their community and in the city. We can really get things moving by bringing young and old together to build a brighter future for everyone.

“It’s great that the Community Payback team were putting their shoulder to the wheel. Lots of local residents in the area are older and the clean-up could be heavy going for them.

“It’s wonderful that the police, fire and rescue and a host of other people are pitching in to help. Things are changing because we are all pulling together,”

he said.

Kim Hughes Placement Officer for the Hanley Community Payback Scheme

“Community Payback has been heavily involved in numerous respect days around our city for a number of years now. Community Payback offenders get a great deal of pride and satisfaction from being able to help out their local communities, particularly where the elderly and vulnerable are concerned,”

she said.

The event will involve residents from the area which includes: Park Hall Street, Bridgewood Street, Anchor Terrace, Goddard Street, Kendrick Street, Stretton Place, Whitegate Grove and Isherwood Place.

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