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Commissioner's praise for Grange Villa initiative

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Commissioner's praise for Grange Villa initiative

Young people, parents and carers took part in a community litter pick on Monday, which was joined by Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.

The event marked the formal launch of the Warden Scheme and Junior PACT (Police and Communities Together), this initiative was started by PCSO Steve Larter and it seemed fitting to launch it during the 10wk programme of interventions by Durham County Council’s Community Action Team to tackle issues in the community.

Mr Hogg showed his support for the community driven scheme from the outset, an initiative which was originally requested by young people themselves who live in the community.

Mr Hogg said: "I was delighted to attend the event on Monday, seeing first-hand how residents of all ages have come together for the betterment of their community."

Local businesses and organisations are also on board to support the project. "This is an excellent example of joined-up working for the benefit of the community" said Mr Hogg. "Schemes such as this have a long-term effect and help young people continue to have a sense of pride in their community."

Councillor Alison Batey said: "The Junior Wardens/PACT is a great initiative that was started with the young people having conversations with PCSO Steve Larter saying they wanted to make a difference in their village.

"Working alongside Steve we have talked to the young people to work out what improvements they felt they could do make to make a difference, culminating in the range of activities taking part this week. The purchase of personalised caps and vests by Cllr Colin Carr and I give them ownership in this role and we are both pleased to support them to achieve change.

"Our thanks also go to local residents and businesses in the area who have been happy to support and play their part in making this happen in Grange Villa."

Posted on Tuesday 18th February 2014
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