Residents of Burnley Lane and Laburnum Avenue have developed a communal area within their gated alley for their neighbours to share and enjoy. Initially the aim of the project was to clear up the alley to reduce the risk of pest infestation to the properties. After community consultation the residents agreed they wanted to develop the area into a communal garden to benefit the residents of both Burnley Lane and Laburnum Avenue.
Residents contacted the Council’s Environmental Team reporting an untidy and overgrown gated alleyway. The issues included fly tipping, domestic waste and pests.
The Chadderton District Executive supported the residents to hold a ‘residents’ meeting to discuss their concerns. A key community contact used the ‘Love Where You Live’ template to send out invites to homes directly impacted by the issues raised. Sixteen residents attended the meeting which took place in a local venue. There were also representatives from Voluntary Action Oldham, the Police and the Council, including elected members.
Initially the aim of the project was to clear up the alley to reduce the risk of pest infestation to the properties, but the community decided to take it a step further. Via community consultation the residents agreed they wanted to develop the area into a communal garden to benefit the residents of both Burnley Lane and Laburnum Avenue.
The first steps to developing the communal area was a community clean-up which took place in August 2014. Chadderton District Executive paid for a skip, equipment and resources. The residents, council volunteers and elected members cleared the alley.
The group have built boundary walls, installed bedding boxes, a brick BBQ and wooden planters. Local councillors have also funded a bench for this area.
The opening of the communal area happened in the summer of 2015!