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Residents are invited to be part of a new way of shaping the future for their neighbourhoods and town, following changes to the way Stevenage Borough Council works.

From this October, six Co-operative Neighbourhood teams – made up of staff from different areas of the council – will help to join up services to enable enquiries to be dealt with more quickly.

The teams will also support the activities of residents and communities who want to improve their neighbourhoods and create new opportunities for themselves

Each ‘neighbourhood’ is a combination of two or three wards. The six neighbourhoods are:

  • Bedwell and Pin Green
  • Chells and Manor
  • Longmeadow & Roebuck
  • Old Town, Symonds Green and Woodfield
  • Shephall and Bandley Hill
  • St Nicholas and Martins Wood

The neighbourhoods will allow staff to be better placed to respond to what’s going on in local streets, estates and shopping centres.

Councillor Rob Broom, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operative Working, said: “Co-operative Neighbourhood teams are about staff, ward councillors and residents working together to improve our town. We’re building on the lessons we have learned during the pandemic to continue building on the strengths of communities, whilst ensuring that the most vulnerable are supported.

“We know that community means different things to different people, so the teams will respond to what matters the most to local residents and will find ways to support ideas they have and activities they’re involved in that make their neighbourhood a better place to live.”

More information is set to follow the formal launch in September.