Keep Britain Tidy Gold award for Runcorn estate
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Environment, Housing
Social housing provider Riverside has scooped a Keep Britain Tidy Gold Neighbourhood Award for its commitment to a cleaner, greener and safer Runcorn.
The award is for the Palace Fields neighbourhood, where Riverside has 650 properties and owns large parts of the green space, including the woods.
Laura Woodward, Riverside’s communal areas officer, said: “We’ve been promoting the ‘Love Where you Live’ campaign in Palace Fields to encourage people to take pride in their neighbourhood. We joined forces with the local primary school, the police, Halton Borough Council and other partners for the Big Tidy Up event in the woods in March. This was a great success and the children who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
Riverside also works with partners to combat anti-social behaviour and littering. And this work appears to be paying off. Police statistics show a 12% decrease in crime between 2012 and 2013 on the estate.
“This recognition for our environmental improvements in Palace Fields is testament to the hard work of all the partners in the area,” said Laura. “Our grounds maintenance contractor, Assist, has a difficult task to keep areas tidy, because of litter and fly tipping, but it’s a job they do very well. We will continue to work with our partners to make further improvements, as well as encouraging neighbours to get involved to keep Palace Fields looking its best.”