New agreement aims to solve community problems

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RESIDENTS are being invited to join forces to tackle problems in their area through a neighbourhood agreement.

Landport and Buckland residents will sign up to support their community at the agreement’s launch this Saturday at the Charles Dickens Centre on Lake Road from 11.30am.

The purpose of the neighbourhood agreements is for residents and organisations, including the council, fire service and police to agree on actions to make the areas safer, dealing with issues such as crime, anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and fire safety.

Similar ones have already been launched in Somers Town and North Southsea.

In the afternoon there will be a bouncy castle, facepainting, refreshments, games and a chance for everyone to sign up to support their community. Staff from local services will be around to answer questions.

Nigel Selley, neighbourhood manager, said: ‘Once this agreement has been signed, residents will have the opportunity to work more closely with local services and have more of a say in their community.

‘If successful, it will help to improve the quality of people’s lives in Landport and Buckland.

‘This is the third neighbourhood agreement to be developed in Portsmouth and we are hoping that this will pave the way for greater partnership working to be developed across the city.’