On your side with £1.5m to keep Telford and Wrekin Cleaner, Greener and Safer
Telford and Wrekin Council is investing more than £1.5m into community action teams (CATs) that take an area-focused approach to creating better neighbourhoods.
The investment comes as more than £16m is invested across the borough into projects that will make the borough cleaner, greener, safer and more enjoyable. This is on top of £50m already going into neighbourhood and enforcement services.
CAT teams were launched in the summer and a new way of working to address local issues and carry out extra jobs that aren’t picked up as part of Telford & Wrekin Council’s routine grounds, street cleansing and enforcement services.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration, Councillor Lee Carter said: “We are determined that as we get back to a more normal way of life, that we do so with renewed energy as, together, we protect, care and invest to create a better borough.
“The CAT teams are a way of making small differences on the ground that mean a lot to residents, from clearing away graffiti, to cutting back overgrown footpaths or litter picking.
“They are able to move swiftly and deal quickly with local issues as a priority for each area and address concerns promptly.”
There are now 13 teams that are part-funded through a town and parish council with further investment from the borough council.
As each area is different, packages are tailored to meet the needs, priorities and budgets of each location. Some have opted for a public realm team to look after the environment, an environmental liaison officer, neighbourhood enforcement officer and CCTV, and others have just opted for CCTV.
The scheme also provides an opportunity to create apprenticeships for young people.