Things for Carwood
by Rob Smith
6.30pm, Monday 4th April, St Peters Church Hall, marked
the official re-launch of All Saints Tenants’ and Residents’
with food sponsored by the Area Panel, people from Carwood and the
surrounding area joined together to voice their opinions on the
welfare of that section of our community.
had the local community centre inside Carwood Estate revamped, many
raised major concerns about the place being too small. “It
ain’t big enough to stand ten people with furniture, never
mind twenty,” said one gentleman. “Aye, and why can’t
we have somewhere bigger? What about that place just over there?”
added a lady pointing at All Saints Community Centre, “That
was built for us round here, they said, but we never get to use
it.” she added, to the agreement of others.
Steve Jones and Jackie Fields listened and took note of what was
being said as John Clark, Chief Executive of BNDfC was urged to
explain why it had taken so long for anything to flourish from the
£52 million programme.
always a mess outside our houses on Carwood. It’s dirty and
they never clean up,” added an elderly resident. Adrian Ford,
representing our local council housing department, attempted to
explain the pains they’d been though to try and address this
issue. “Not good enough,” suggested a voice close beside
him. “Maybe all we need is more visible litter bins,”
suggested a softly-spoken lady sat close to me. “Yeah but
some of them still won’t use them will they. They just throw
their rubbish everywhere, on the street, anywhere. They just don’t
care,” murmured another voice.
added that they would look into the issue of tipping and waste disposal
bins alongside some of the newly-assigned BNDfC-sponsored environmental
teams now working in the area.
I sat and listened as two nominations for the vacant seat of ASTRA
secretary were announced.
ASTRA was also
proud to show off its own two-page newsletter that informs members
of what is scheduled for each monthly meeting, including housing
issues and membership concerns. I enquired if any attempts had been
made to translate notices and newsletters, which would enable an
unrepresented and newly-arrived section of Carwood to get involved,
and take more pride in the community they also reside in. This was
clearly noted as an oversight and something that would be addressed
with help from BCAT development worker Donavan Modest.
under the headline ‘Who boarded up the heart of Carwood’
in Messenger Issue 13 (June 2001), I can agree that the
community foundation is small, but with the dedication I saw at
this meeting, combined with ASTRA’s future efforts to become
more inclusive, then I can only see it growing. This is Rob Smith
closely following what’s happening inside Carwood and its