Partnership Board member Mr Iqbal (pictured
right) gave the welcoming speech, summing up some of New Deal’s
achievements in its first three years, saying:
“I can assure you that the
Partnership Board members and staff are working hard on
your behalf to ensure services are improved. The benefits
of this work can now be seen with the introduction of Community
Wardens, additional streetlights in the area, an anti-social
behaviour team and increased resources to keep the streets
and parks clean.
“With the help of local
people and organisations we have also seen a large number
of projects start to deliver what people have asked for.
There have been a number of successes to date, including
173 new jobs created through Burngreave New Deal and its
projects, and 154 people supported by the Community Learning
Assistants to return to learning across the community.
“We are also supporting
a whole range of projects to help our school children get
better grades in the key subjects of Maths, English and
Science and have enabled local schools to provide books,
musical instruments and educational outings.
“Through the work of the
New Deal Police Team, the introduction of CCTV on Spital
Hill and a project to provide alarms and locks to the elderly
and vulnerable, levels of crime in the area have dropped
“We know there is still
much to do, but this meeting is one of your opportunities
to let us know what you would like to see happening in the
Feedback from the event shows that people felt
it was a positive experience which was worth doing, and there
are now plans to organise similar events every six months.