Residents to become 'eyes and ears' of Honeybourne Line in Cheltenham
VOLUNTEERS are stepping forward to be the eyes and ears of Cheltenham and watch over the Honeybourne Line.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Martin Surl will launch a Pact (Partners and Communities Together) scheme in the area on Saturday.
It will be the first Pact project in the town, with the voluntary scheme encouraging people to play a more active role in their community.
Those involved will report environmental issues as well as any concerns about problems such as abandoned cars, litter or graffiti in a bid to cut crime and anti-social behaviour.
Trevor Gladding, community protection manager for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "A Pact volunteer can put something back into the community and help put things right.
"The Honeybourne Line is the first Pact in Cheltenham.
"We're launching here as it's a prime location with recent investment being made in community safety through the CCTV cameras along the stretch.
"We hope other communities will come forward to start Pact groups in their area."
A free community event will be held on Saturday from 11.30am to 1.30pm to launch the new initiative.
Events will be taking place along the section between Waitrose and the railway station, and also in the children's play area. There will be a children's train giving free rides up and down the line while the police will be providing tips on bike safety and offering free security marking on bikes. There will also be other activities for children.
Carol Cross, community protection officer from Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "The event is going to be fun and free for the local community to enjoy.
"There's lots for the children to do with the train rides and other activities as well as something for the grown ups. On the day anyone can register their interest in becoming a Pact volunteer."
Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing, safety and communities, added: "We want to build stronger communities and make Cheltenham a safer place. Pact volunteers will provide a voice for the local community."
For more information on becoming a Pact volunteer in Cheltenham people can visit www.cheltenhampact.org or alternatively email email@example.com.