Fightback on troubled estate

House closure by court order of Susan Harris's flat, 211 Duke of York Avenue, Portobello
House closure by court order of Susan Harris's flat, 211 Duke of York Avenue, Portobello
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A CRIME-FIGHTING neighbourhood contract will see police, residents and community groups join forces to make Portobello a safer place.

Community organisation Wakefield Together Partnership will launch the new initiative on Monday - and people living on the troubled estate are urged to get involved.

The Portobello Community Safety Agreement will see regular meetings between the police, council, Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) and residents to combat crime and community problems like fly-tipping.

The agreement, which will be handed to every household on the estate, is the first of its kind in Wakefield.

Olivia Rowley, the council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “Residents should not have to put up with issues such as fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood.

“It is important that there is a way that these concerns can be reported and appropriately dealt with quickly and effectively.

“By signing up to this neighbourhood agreement, residents and agencies are showing their commitment to working together to solve these and other types of problems.”

Portobello was also the first area where police, working with WDH, implemented a house closure order after taking a tenant to court last May.

Insp Richard Close, from the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT), said: “This agreement provides us with the foundations of a good partnership working relationship meaning that we can give the people of Portobello a service tailored to their needs.

“The community needs to be confident that the police, together with all the agencies in the partnership will take their issues seriously, take appropriate action and keep them up to date and informed.”

The agreement will be launched at Portobello Community Centre, on Portobello Road, from 11.30am to noon on Monday.