New tool hire group for Sutton Hill residents
Telford & Wrekin Council and the Sanctuary Group have helped local residents to establish a new service for Sutton Hill residents who want to do a bit of a DIY or gardening but don’t have the tools.
The Sutton Hill Tool Hire Club has been launched by the Friends Of Sutton Hill community group and has already proved a hit with residents signing up and hiring tools.
The idea to start the service came from the vice chairman of the Sutton Hill residents group, Jason Stokes.
Mr Stokes said that he knew a lot of people who did not have either the tools to keep their properties and gardens well-maintained or the appropriate place to store them.
The council and Sanctuary worked with local residents to help them set up the service and the two organisations provided a large variety of tools for hire to kick-start the scheme.
Councillor Angela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Communities, Regeneration and Transport, said: "This is a fantastic scheme that allows residents to hire tools as and when they need them to maintain their properties, without the added cost of buying them or the logistical problem of where they keep them afterwards.
"I am sure that many residents will take advantage of the scheme in the months to come and it should mean that the general environment in Sutton Hill is lifted as a result of better maintained properties around the estate."
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Community Participation Team has embraced the project and are also offering opportunities for local residents to improve their gardening and growing skills by getting involved in a project called Let’s Grow, which helps people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
For information about either project contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01952 382131.