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Community comes together to restore community garden and reduce anti-social behaviour

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service's Arson Team, operational fire crews and fire service volunteers along with Magenta Living, Wirral Council and Merseyside Police all worked with residents in Birkenhead as part of a multi-agency campaign to combat anti-social behaviour.

Teams visited streets around Patten Street, chosen due to recent incidents of arson, anti-social behaviour and environmental crime such as fly tipping.

The agencies were all keen to support Magenta Living residents that live on Jamesbrook Close who share an alleyway with Patten Street.

This alleyway was once a recognised unadopted ‘grot spot’ until Magenta Living and the local community turned it into a safe and secure oasis growing fresh fruit and vegetables with colourful planters in the cobbled stone alleyway. The community won the RHS Advanced level 4 ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award in 2016 and they are all proud of their achievements.

Maureen Davies, Environmental Services Manager for Magenta Living said: 'I'm thrilled that we visited this alleyway to support the community as, sadly, it has been vandalised recently by a small number of new residents.'

Teams removed fly-tipped rubbish from the area and a skip was provided for residents so people could dispose of their unwanted bulky household items responsibly.  

Magenta Living working with residents completed a full refurbishment of a community garden in the alleyway between Patten Street and Jamesbrook Close.

During the morning, 49 Home Fire Safety Checks were completed by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Police delivered safety information to residents and Wirral Council's Environmental Team offered advice to homeowners and tenants on recycling. 

Michael Buratti, Arson Officer on Wirral said: 'This was a really successful campaign. It was great to see a whole host of agencies pull together for the good of the community. It was enlightening to see members of the local community come out and engage with us.'

Maureen Davies, Environmental Services Manager for Magenta Living added, 'A 'community watch' system has been set and residents will keep an eye on the alleyway so all our partnership efforts and resources will be protected.

'We are all looking forward to working on more campaigns together to keep neighbourhoods clean and safe for all to enjoy. This project was a positive result for everybody involved.'