Alan Walker, landlord of The Cricketers Pub , was out cutting the grass in front of Cricketers Parade, Broadwater on Wednesday (July 10th). It was one of the first moves of West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to empower local residents and traders to maintain their own green spaces.
Broadwater residents and community activists Brian Fullick and Alan Walker met with WSCC Principal Community Officer Brian Morgan earlier in the week to arrange the takeover. The County Council was previously responsible for the maintenance.
The area was severely overgrown and prompted many adverse comments from passers-by on the lines that someone should do something. With the red tape removed by West Sussex Alan did just that and was out with his mower on Wednesday.
Alan said: “I just wanted to get out and get it tidy. So I got out there with my mower and cut it down.
“The key thing for me was no red tape. I hate red tape”.
And it doesn’t stop there. As part of the deal West Sussex have provided tools to continue maintenance and improvements and remain on hand to give advice.
Brian Fullick is looking forward to creating raised flower beds with railway sleepers and enlist the help of local traders and residents.
If you would like to get involved please contact Brian on 01903 522376.
Brian is Chair of the Broadwater Community Association.
Pictured: Alan Walker on the green with his mower.