New residents’ association for Silverhill area

L-R Barry Cooper (Hastings Trust), Helen McGachy and Pam Kennedy (Resident)
L-R Barry Cooper (Hastings Trust), Helen McGachy and Pam Kennedy (Resident)

A MOTHER-of-two hopes that a new residents’ association will give a voice to the community.

Helen Mcgachy, of Strood Road, has – with the backing of the local councillors and police community support officer (PCSO) – set up Silverhill East Residents’ Association, which has its first meeting next month.

Helen, who has two young boys, was spurred on to set up the group after taking an interest in the future of Eversley Crescent play area, which had recently been taken out of use.

With help from the Hastings Trust Neighbourhood Enablers initiative, she began to get organised, and went door to door in her own and surrounding streets conducting a survey as to how people wanted to see the space used.

The focus is on the eastern part of Silverhill, which includes Vale Road, Strood Road, York Road, and Beaufort and Eversley Roads, however issues will be discussed that affect the whole community.

She said: “I started with a few roads and have been doing more and more. I didn’t feel enough people were asked what they wanted to be done with it.”

Other concerns have come out of her conversations with local residents, such as dog fouling, parking, and anti-social behaviour.

These will all be discussed at the meeting on July 5, at St Luke’s United Reformed Church, at 7pm, along with the results of Helen’s survey.

Councillors Nigel Sinden and Andrew Gurney will be present, along with PCSO Sarah O’Hara.

“I have put up posters as well as knocking on doors but I still want to reach more residents - from Vale Road, Strood Road, Eversley Road/Crescent, York Road and Beaufort Road/Crescent,” she said. She added that so far there has been good support for the new residents association, with many people interested and keen to get involved, such as those who have maybe not had the time or energy that Helen has put into it.

Anyone who would like to get involved, or contact Helen, can do so by visiting silverhilleast.weebly.com or emailing helenmcgachy@aol.com.