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News from our partners: Oswestry residents group continues to flourish and grow

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News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STAR Housing)

The Trees Residents Group is celebrating a string of recent successes in their Oswestry community.

The group first met in August 2016 after forming a partnership with STAR Housing to try and tackle the issues that had been affecting their community.

Trees Estate Residents Group, Oswestry

Trees Estate Residents Group, Oswestry

Amongst a growing list of improvements made within the community, the group have managed to install a grit bin and replace old and damaged bins on Chestnut Avenue. This is following early 2018 poor weather, and the damage done to the bins already in the area by acts of anti-social behaviour.

Local drugs problems that were concerning residents are beginning to reduce, with anti-social behaviour also on the decline: this is in no small part down to the residents group working alongside partners such as STAR Housing and West Mercia Police.

The group have also addressed parking problems in the area, particularly the parking on the pavement on College Road which was leaving residents inconvenienced and disgruntled.

The partnership between The Trees Residents Group and STAR Housing is regularly publicised by the STAR Housing Facebook page, which receives an average of 243 visits in a 36-hour time period.

STAR Housing’s Neighbourhoods Manager Martin Whitelegg has praised the ongoing efforts of the residents group:

“The Trees Residents Group are a prime example of how resident involvement can vastly improve our communities, and we encourage our other communities to follow their lead.”

The Trees estate consists of Fir Grove, Beech Grove, Hazel Grove, Lilac Grove, Hawthorn Grove, Pine Grove, Lime Grove, Chestnut Avenue, Maple Avenue, Laburnum Drive, Cherry Tree Drive, College Road, Holy Green and Sycamore Drive.

For more information about community involvement, residents groups near you or help with setting up your own, please visit http://www.starhousing.org.uk/community-and-involvement or call us on 01743 210205.