Kenton Labour Councillors Stephen Lambert, Ged Bell and Jane Streather have pledged £4,000 to improve Kenton’s environment.
A plan to clear up stubborn litter hot-spots across Kenton, The Gardens, North Kenton, Kenton Bar, Montagu, Kenton Crescent, Gosforth, Cowgate and nearby Kenton Dene has been agreed.
The programme of environmental improvements, known as ‘’Greening Kenton’’, comes as a result of a ward wide consultation exercise, with eight out of ten residents, making ‘quality of life’’ top of their concerns.
Residents wanted action to clean up litter hotspots, cut back overgrown hedges, neighbourhood litter picks, street planters and the fixing of damaged fencing in kids’ play areas.
Labour Councillor Stephen Lambert said ‘’The environment we live in is irreplaceable. Every resident and local business wants to live in a clean neighbourhood and that’s why we’ve put extra investment to support both the city council, YHN and Kenton School to make Kenton a clean and green place to live in.’’
£4,250 has been awarded by the Kenton Ward Committee to fund the work in 2017 to 2018 with the social enterprise charity, Skills Mill, carrying out works on -
· The 400 yard public footpath between Kenton Bar to Kenton School - to cleared of rubbish, pruning of shrubs and removal of bulky items;
· Kenton Crescent play area to be repainted and fencing replaced;
· Six planters with winter pansies to be installed at Arlington Ave, North Kenton and Kenton Lane shopping precincts.
· A ‘wild flower meadow’ to be seeded on the public green space known as Kenton Dene.
Your Homes Newcastle have also agreed to fund the clear out of copses next to Kenton Dene with a view of installing an extra wild flower meadow between Cowgate and Montagu estates whilst Kenton Academy has pledged to cut back the perimeter fence, prune bushes and carry out student litter picks.
Newcastle City Council’s Enviro Schools Officer will also be visiting four local primary schools (St Cuthberts, Kenton Bar, Mountfield, Wyndham) to help raise environmental awareness amongst pupils.
To support the ‘Greening Kenton’ there will also be a wild flower meadow planted on the old bowling green next to Kenton Park Sports centre while large litter bins have been rolled out across the localities replacing old vandalised ones.