Residents in the Hearsall/Earlsdon area (that part which falls into Whoberley Ward, rather than Earlsdon
Ward, i.e. north of the main railway line) are planning to set up their own residents group so that the quality of life, amenity, and security can be improved. There is concern that the area, which has a high proportion of rented accommodation, needs more attention from council services and residents to ensure it becomes an even better place to live.
A leaflet that has been circulated in the area states: “Hearsall – Earlsdon is a beautiful, historic neighbourhood but it is deteriorating due to inattention and a handful of negligent landlords.
Our group would have some simple aims:
- improve the appearance of the area and the quality of life for residents
- promote community spirit and enjoy ourselves”.
A meeting has been arranged for Monday 3 February at 6.45pm, at the Spencer Club, Albany Road at which it is intended to agree the most urgent concerns and how to proceed. If you attend you will not be committing yourself to anything, just going along to find out. Children are welcome.
Residents can contact the organiser by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave their own contacts details at The Popping Cork, Melbourne Road.
A petition, placed in local shops, calls for efforts to improve the area and support measures for better security, such as gating etc.
The wording of the petition is as follows:
“Improve and secure the Hearsall – Earlsdon Area.
We, the undersigned residents, urge the council to improve and help secure the Hearsall – Earlsdon area in the council ward of Whoberley.
Many local roads and pavements are in need of repair. Powers available to local authorities are not being used by the council to enforce against estate/letting agent signs that constantly remain displayed, or deal with wheelie bins that repeatedly obstruct the pavements.
This area is identified by the local police as a burglary “hot spot”. The police have produced a report calling for better gating. We urge the council to use funding available to invest in a programme of gating repairs and new gates in liaison with residents and the police”.
Cllr. Bally Singh commented “I’m so impressed by the local residents working together to help make the Hearsall Earlsdon neighbourhood an even better place to live.”