Slough Borough Council: “The people of Colnbrook set a marvellous example to others across the borough”

Slough commissioner Cllr Sohail Munawar, says Colnbrook residents set a “marvellous example to others across the borough”.  

Cllr Sohail Munawar, Slough's commissioner for social and economic inclusion.

Cllr Sohail Munawar, Slough’s commissioner for social and economic inclusion.

Slough Borough Council joined forces with partners and about 100 residents for a week of action in Colnbrook last week, and the event has been hailed as a success.

Cllr Sohail Munawar, commissioner for social and economic inclusion, made his comments on Wednesday via the SBC website.

“I’m delighted the week went well. It proves what can be achieved when we all work together to keep our communities clean and safe.

“The people of Colnbrook clearly care a great deal about their community and they set a marvellous example to others across the borough.”

The climax of the week’s activities came on Saturday 19 July when officers from the neighbourhood enforcement team and police were joined by about 100 local residents for a huge litter pick.

Esther Deacon, from the neighbourhood enforcement team, said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the week of action, particularly those who came along to the clean-up day.  It was fantastic to see the whole community pull together, with representatives from the parish council, Colnbrook Community Association and the neighbourhood action group.”

The people of Colnbrook clearly care a great deal about their community and they set a marvellous example to others across the borough.

Highlights of the week included:

  • Nearly five tonnes of rubbish were cleared from the Westfield estate, the High Street, Coleridge Crescent and neighbouring streets.
  • More than 50 vans and HGVs were stopped and searched in joint operations between Police, Trading Standards and Neighbourhood Enforcement.
  • 5 motorists were warned about speeding.  A man in his forties was arrested on suspicion of burglary and later charged.
  • The neighbourhood enforcement team removed graffiti and advertising from lamp posts and reported damaged street furniture for repair.
  • 10 pre-planned operations were carried out by police to tackle crimes including burglary and theft.
  • A number plate operation was carried out on the Westfield Estate and 50 tamper proof screw packs were given to residents as part of a crime reduction initiative.
  • Thames Valley Police worked with cadets to identify vulnerable cars that had items left on display or been left insecure.
  • 100 residents completed, or were given, a burglary risk assessment form to help improve home security in Vicarage Way. Eighteen timer switches were also handed out as part of the initiative.
  • Fire safety checks were carried out by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Hilton Hotel, Asda and Tesco supported the initiative, providing refreshments.  Local waste collector Lanz took the rubbish away.

PC James Senior, neighbourhood officer for Colnbrook, said:

:As well as using other means to communicate with local residents throughout the week, we used Twitter, which worked really well. Lots of our tweets were re-tweeted, reaching hundreds of people, and we received positive feedback from some.

“The week of action was really a joint effort involving a number of people and I would like to also thank everyone who helped make the week a success.”

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