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Working in partnership for Scrabo

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015
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Ards and North Down Council, NIHE, Scrabo Residents’ Association and Transport NI were represented
A walkabout of Scrabo Estate was recently organised and a number of organisations took the opportunity to participate.
It was a chance for local statutory agencies and the council to meet representatives from the Scrabo Residents’ Association and local residents to look at the many positive things about the neighbourhood and discuss areas of concern.
During the walkabout problems such as with dog fouling, dumping, street lighting, overgrown hedging, weed control on footpaths / roads and overgrown grassed areas were highlighted by residents’ representatives.  The agencies involved were able to agree responsibility and actions which could practically be taken.
Owen Brady, our Area Manager, was pleased with the outcome of the walkabout saying:
“It is important to the Housing Executive all residents are content living in their area and I was delighted so many made the time to meet for this walkabout.  
“This meeting with Ards and North Down Council, Scrabo Residents’ Association, Transport NI, and local residents was an excellent opportunity to have issues raised and resolved.  Such partnership working is a valuable tool in achieving a positive outcome for all residents.”
Meanwhile Davy McAlonan, Chair of Scrabo Residents’ Association, commented:
“It was great to welcome representatives from Ards and North Down Council, the Housing Executive and Transport NI to the Scrabo area.  It was an important opportunity for residents to air their views and find out which agency is in charge of what.
“We look forward to seeing the work agreed undertaken and recognise each agency will do its best given ongoing budget restrictions.”
Representatives from Ards and North Down Council, the Housing Executive, Scrabo Residents’ Association and Transport NI who undertook a walkabout in Scrabo Estate recently