TIM DREW: Could you be an alleyway champion?

LAST month, I mentioned the Police Crime and Community Safety Event, held on February 25, as providing a welcome opportunity for Worthing Neighbourhood Watch to network with other organisations whose aims and objectives overlap our own.

One initative, which we helped to promote last year, was the Neighbourhood Champions project, which is organised by the Street Scene Team working in partnership with the Communities Team of Adur and Worthing Councils.

Both councils are partners in a European project called SWAP NOW which aims to improve the reporting of litter and fly tipping.

As part of this project, the councils have funding to help residents clean-up untidy areas as part of the Neighbourhood Champions scheme.

The councils are particularly looking for “alleyway champions” – in other words, residents who want to improve alleyways in their neighbourhood.

Many alleyways in Adur and Worthing are in private ownership and as such sometimes get forgotten, allowing litter and fly tipping to build up.

As part of the SWAP NOW Project, which will run until 2014, the councils have funding to

help residents to improve their local areas, but this must be driven by the residents themselves.

The councils can provide help and advice, provide residents with tools and equipment including gloves, and a skip for waste disposal, as well as providing training and assistance.

It will be the responsibility of the residents to identify the areas to be cleansed and to organise volunteers to assist in so doing,

as well as undertaking monitoring thereafter and reporting issues.

Graffiti and fly-posting can be reported either via the 24-hour recorded hotline (01903 221090) or email (reporting@worthing.gov.uk).

PCSO Dan Cobden (Durrington ward) will be holding a surgery at “The Flat”, 50a Shelby Road between 5-6pm on Thursday, April 18.

The next neighbourhood panel meeting for Offington ward will be held that day between 10-11.30am at the Thomas A’Becket pub in Rectory Road, Tarring.