Neighbourhood projects

Below are some projects that have taken place over the last 12 months. Check back to this page regularly for information about new projects that are coming up.

Local play areas

Investment to improve our play areas for children and young people across Stevenage started in 2016/17, with Bandley Hill, Bedwell, Cook Road, Scarborough Avenue, The Noke and York Road the first to be completed.

All major play area improvements are informed by consultation with local children and young people.  Consultation is undertaken through a site event, through work with local schools and/or liaising with community groups aimed at young families, children or young people.

Children and young people are presented with a wide range of different types of equipment and they choose the five items that they would most like to see in their local play area. Once the consultation is closed, we collate the scores and ensure that the most popular items are included in the new design.

The level of vandalism and misuse has gone down since the improvements. For the first phase of works only 3% of children and young people rated their play area as good, and none as very good, but after improvement works had been completed 100% rated the site as good or very good.

To find out when improvements will be made to your local play area or to see the improvements that have already been made use the link below.

Community creates a new garden for Bragbury End

In 2016 Bragbury End Residents’ Association approached us about a strip of land that they were interested in taking over to create a community garden. We had no other plans for the land and were pleased to take the residents up on their offer to take care of it.

Volunteers of all ages came together in Bragbury End to transform a patch of land into a thriving community garden. They planted raised beds and bushes and even created a floral display to mark the town’s 70th anniversary in 2016, at the garden on Hertford Road.

They have planted mulberry, walnut, pear and cherry trees, and hosted events there. New volunteers are always welcome. You can join the Bragbury End Community Garden volunteers on Saturday mornings from 10am. Or follow their progress on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bragbury-end-Community-Garden

Neighbourhood wardens work with residents

Our new neighbourhood wardens have been out and about talking to residents and helping solve any concerns.

Warden, Sue Amey, said: “One house in St Nicholas had a lot of old furniture and rubbish in the front garden which was an eyesore. Residents were concerned about it and came along to a Residents’ Association meeting to complain.

“I went along to talk to the woman who lived there and said please can you get it cleaned up in the next 14 days or we will have to take it further. A week later the rubbish was gone. The other residents are relieved and pleased it’s been sorted out.”

If you’re concerned about something in your area then you can contact the wardens at neighbourhood.warden@stevenage.gov.uk or call 01438 242558.

Residents clean up in Bedwell

Bedwell Residents’ Group spruced up their area with a weekend litter picking morning in spring 2017. They wear high visibility jackets with ‘Bedwell Residents’ Group’ emblazoned across them so they are easily recognisable. The group plan future littering picking sessions and you can keep an eye out for what’s planned and when by checking the events section of our website.

Keeping our town green and clean

Our Green Spaces Volunteer initiative was launched in 2011 in response to a growing interest among local residents who wanted to play an active part in the maintenance and management of their local green spaces.
 
Volunteers are welcome to attend for as much, or as little, time as they can afford and no previous experience is required - people just need to enjoy working in the outdoors and want to make a difference to the town.

Tasks include woodland coppicing, pond clearance, management of ancient hedgerows, butterfly surveys, installation of bird/bat boxes, bulb and tree planting, and help at events. 

More than 100 people have joined the Green Space Volunteers, they met new people and learn new skills, and make a great contribution to the town’s green spaces for residents, visitors and wildlife. 

Use the link below to find out more about the Green Space Volunteers.