Phil Wilson, local residents, interested councillors and council staff have joined together to help revive Ferryhill and tackle some of it’s environmental issues.
For some years the problems in Ferryhill have been growing. Last year, a number of residents took positive action and reported the increasing environmental issues like fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and empty homes to the local MP Phil Wilson. The office for Phil Wilson MP and County councillors John Lindsay and Pauline Crathorne responded by coming together for a community action day and to develop a joint strategy for tackling these issues.
Phil says “Ferryhill has been through a tough time economically and government cuts means the planned investment it should have had, have not been possible. Since September my team, alongside a group of interested councillors, council staff and residents have been working hard to tackle some of the growing environmental issues. It has been fantastic to see everyone getting behind the scheme. Local residents have been excellent, filling bins correctly and ensuring there’s no excess waste in the street. The fly tipping is reducing and empty properties are being brought back into use. Ferryhill has a lot of potential and over the coming years I hope that we can continue to come together and revive this special town.”
John Lindsay county councillor for Ferryhill says “Since being elected in May 2015 myself and councillor Pauline Crathorne have made regular walk abouts in the Dean Bank Area at first the problems seemed extensive, but through a coordinated and joint response with residents, the council and our MP, things have get much better. I have been particularly impressed by the response of the resident and land lords of the terraces in the Dean Bank Area. There have been considerable efforts put into tidying up the back lanes and yards. There is still some way to go on the issue of fly tipping in the yards of empty properties and in some of the open spaces, but with the support and vigilance of the residents and the street wardens further progress can be made. The residents are clearly showing pride in the area. We hope that this can be copied in other areas of Ferryhill which have similar problems and look forward to continued working with the residents of Ferryhill.”
The scheme has combined an enforcement approach, giving powers to local wardens to issue warnings to residents who are not keeping their rubbish in order, alongside positive activities such as tackling empty properties, clearing flower beds, clearing fly tipping, regular walkabouts from residents, councillors and council officers and regular meetings with communities.
There will be further proposals discussed around how to increase people's pride in Ferryhill and develop and celebrate the good things that happen here