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Jones Close has been crowned Stevenage’s friendliest street, after winning the Right Up My Street award.

The award gives recognition to a street in Stevenage that has made a significant contribution to its residents, and the competition allows residents to identify the streets that best exemplify community spirit and great neighbourhood relations – this could be demonstrated through actions and initiatives that have made a positive difference to people in their local area, either individually or as a group.

Jones Close was crowned the winner by Mayor Councillor Margaret Notley because of the way the residents look out for one another and their community spirit, often arranging street parties and days out for the whole street. The residents rally together to meet each other’s needs, including helping with childcare, shopping, finances, emergencies, and emotional needs. The winners were presented with a plaque on Saturday (11 March).

The runners-up were Ayr Close and 204-238 York Road.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Margaret Notley, said: “The Right Up My Street award is a celebration of all things great about Stevenage and our residents, and Jones Close and the people who live there really embody community spirit and demonstrate great neighbourhood relations.

“I’d like to thank everyone who nominated a street, close or flat block. The competition was tough this year, with many worthy submissions, and it was a joy to read through the nominations.”