Quality Street event unites local community

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RESIDENTS boosted their community spirit at a one-day event focused on making local neighbourhoods safer places to live.

Hundreds visited the information stalls and health-check teams at the Safer Hastings Partnership (SHP) event, called Quality Street, held at Downs Farm Community Centre, Crowborough Road, on Thursday, July 7 .

The SHP team canvassed residents’ views on how their neighbourhoods could be improved, and organised a football coaching session for local youngsters.

The day was rounded off with a barbecue provided by the local branch of the Co-operative supermarket.

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) lead member for community safety, and chairman of the SHP councillor Jay Kramer said called the event “a huge success”.

She said: “It was a particular pleasure to have the NHS trust come along as residents benefited from free health checks and referrals.”

Representatives from AmicusHorizon, HBC, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and the Neighbourhood Policing Team knocked on more than 130 doors in the Crowborough Road area, to get ideas about how services could be improved.

Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Mark Bright said the information gained would inform policing in the coming months.