Gloucester Court improvements

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RESIDENTS in Wisbech’s Gloucester Court are hoping for a more peaceful environment now that fencing has been installed and lighting improved around their homes.

Local councillors Michael and Virginia Bucknor have been working with the residents and Roddons Housing Association to try to combat anti-social and other problems experienced by some of the residents.

The couple found out about the problems while canvassing for last year’s May elections.

Mrs Bucknor said residents told them of “horror stories” of fires, damage, people running on roof tops and banging on windows of some elderly and vulnerable people in the early hours.

After being elected to the Waterlees ward, the couple met directors of Roddons and Mrs Bucknor said the housing association welcomed working in partnership with them and the residents to improve the area.

“The primary problem with the area is that it was designed many decades ago with pathways criss-crossing through the whole of the court,” explained Mrs Bucknor.

Meetings were held with the police architect on the best way to make the area safe and secure and this was discussed at meetings with the residents.

This has resulted in gates, fencing and improved lighting to provide more security and a pleasant base for the residents.

Mrs Bucknor said they will be working to sort out any teething problems with the new gates so that adjustments can be made to suit all the residents.

She said it has brought a sense of community spirit back to the area with residents talking about getting seating and possibly holding a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration event.