DEC 00] COVENTRY AREA COORDINATION PRESS RELEASE
Has Bright Idea
power is making Coventry a brighter and safer place.
new scheme involving residents in Coventry has caught the
attention of cities throughout the UK.
Co-ordination South East has given residents from Stoke,
Willenhall and Binley the chance to improve the lighting in the
streets where they live and make a difference to their
scheme is run in partnership with Coventry Contract Services and
is improving lighting that is reaching the end of its economical
life, increase pedestrian and road safety and aid action against
crime initiatives, public mobility and safety.
meetings with Area Co-ordination and local residents will decide
which areas need to be focused upon and improved.
will then install or upgrade lights in the area and will also
provide a 24-hour, 365-day maintenance service to ensure that
all lighting in the area is working properly.
is the first time in the region that the public have been able
to so directly influence local issues such as lighting.
Galliers, Area Co-ordination Manager, is delighted with the
success of the new scheme so far and is looking forward to
seeing it spread citywide.
type of scheme is the kind of thing that Coventry is becoming
Area Co-ordination partnership is committed to helping the
residents to have their say about where they live and
influence decisions which directly effect them. The residents know the areas they live in better than us,
they can help us make the city a brighter, safer place to live
improvement programme has attracted attention from other
cities in the UK because it allows the council to work
alongside the residents.
have had a number of enquiries from other councils who have
followed our progress closely and want to follow suit."
Jack Harrison, cabinet member (Community Services) who
represents the Lower Stoke Ward, said local residents' knowledge
is a true partnership in every sense and it is working very
well. CCS has welcomed the feedback and local knowledge that
only residents can provide and it has meant that people's
opinions and ideas have been addressed quickly.
is a very important issue and it great to see everyone pulling
in the same direction for the common good."