Heol y Forlan CF14

Scheme information

Covers Heol y Forlan, AshChurch , Brocastle Rd. The Heol y Forlan Watch was set up in 2009. Team run, including a coordinator and deputy, social teamand treasurer.We already had an active group of 18 homes to fight a local issue. At about that time Fiona Pilkington living in Leicester had died a tragic death with her handicapped daughter after suffering years of harassment from a local gang and I wondered where the community was, that it couldn't help her. Neighbourhood Watch seemed a handy peg to get a formal group together here and our approach is unashamedly community focussed. Year on year the Heol y Forlan Watch has grown and has 77 paid up households (5 pounds for 3 years to cover the costs of printed updates), covering almost the whole street. We work closely with neighbouring groups in particular the Pendywallt Rd Watch and members know that they can call on us at any time and THEY DO - on cold callers/rogue traders; anti-social behaviour, burglaries; injured animals/lost pets; graffiti and litter removal; vacant house watch; mis-directed mail and local planning issues. Together with Pendywallt Rd we have resident led Cold Calling Zones covering both our Watches. We have set up a Speed Watch Group with some members from other local Watches. We work with the local Neighbourhood Police Team and have a radar speed gun and monitor to record the speed of vehicles. Purpose to encourage safe driving in residential roads and never exceed 30mph. This all sounds like hard work, and it is, but really rewarding and we do give ourselves time for fun and have held barbeques and garden parties. Any newcomer to the street is welcomed. Members are sent email alerts, regular newsletters hand delivered and we have social events (including a sparkler party for youngsters last Guy Fawkes evening. Work closely with Neighbourhood Police, Local Councillors, Trading Standards and local coordinators. Run an email Network for local coordinators - The Whitchurch/Tongwynlais community Network

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Scheme coordinator

Derek Hector
Now retired but worked in teaching first and left teaching as a Senior Teacher and Head of Science. Then worked in the NHS with emphasis on communication skills. Shirley and I have 2 children, one an Oxford University professor the other a teacher. Great involvement with animal welfare and have 2 dogs.
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