Communities are better off thanks to these people

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The world needs more people like Charlie Hutfield.

Before his death, the 78-year-old was dedicated to serving the needs of his neighbours and friends.

People like Charlie make our communities a better place – and through his role as the chairman of Edgbaston House Residents’ Association, he always worked hard to get things done.

Now a project to which he devoted 10 years of his life has finally come to fruition, it’s just a shame Charlie’s no longer around to see it.

The buggy store at Edgbaston House will be a real bonus to the people living there and it’s right that Charlie’s proud widow, Sonia, was on hand to officially unveil the new facility for mobility scooters.

Residents in Somers Town have waited a long time to see the much-anticipated regeneration project get into full swing, so they must be overjoyed that things are finally beginning to gather pace.

Dedicating the scooter store to Charlie is a great way to remember the role he played in the community, as is putting up a plaque in his memory.

In fact, linking facilities to those who’ve played a part in their creation – whether it’s by naming something after someone or allowing a resident to cut the official ribbon – is a great idea in general.

What better way for a council, trust or regeneration project committee to say thanks to those who’ve given their backing to see these kinds of schemes become a success?

We know that lots of people remember friends and loved ones privately with dedication plaques placed on benches or at beauty spots that hold particular memories.

But it would be nice to see our local councils do more to recognise residents who’ve done something particularly outstanding for others.

In the past we’ve seen roads named after people of note, but that only truly means something if everyone is made aware of who that person was and what they did.

Whenever a dedication like the one made to Charlie takes place, we should take time to remember what the person actually did.