Lyde Green residents get chance to learn about Neighbourhood Watch
RESIDENTS of Lyde Green have the chance to find out more about their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme and its progress over the last year at a drop-in session on Monday September 3.
The Lyde Green Neighbourhood Watch (LGNHW), which is run by volunteers, was formed in 2017 with the hope of tackling crime by encouraging residents to communicate with each other as well as the police. Every resident is automatically a member of the Neighbourhood Watch, which involves individuals simply looking out for their neighbours and the community, and reporting any issues or suspicious activity.
In Lyde Green, the Watch is split into 13 zones, which will be adjusted over time as the area develops. Each zone is managed by a dedicated zone coordinator, who acts as a focal point for the NHW for issues and concerns arising within their zone.
The drop in session will be at Lyde Green Community Centre. Refreshments will be available to purchase from Coffee at Lyde, and residents are invited to pop by for a drink and a chat and to find out more about the aims of the scheme.
Following this, the Watch’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 7.30pm, which residents are also encouraged to attend. As part of the meeting, an update on crime and policing within the area will be given from the local beat team, and an election will also take place to establish key roles for the LGNHW committee. These include the role of chair, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer, webmaster, newsletter editor, social media administrator, events coordinator and residential zone coordinators for each zone.
Current chair of LGNHW James Blackwood said: “Currently the Watch doesn’t have a secretary and only has an interim treasurer. Unless both of these roles are filled at our upcoming AGM, we can’t form a committee and the future existence of LGNHW is in doubt, so we would really encourage local residents to come along, get involved and support their community.”
Any resident of Lyde Green is able to stand for a role within LGNHW’s committee. To express your interest or to find out more about the scheme, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Watch’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LydeGreenNHW/