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Hero award for Trowbridge estate patrols
9:43am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Community Hero for September Derek Adams was “pleasantly surprised” when he received his award for all the work he does on College Estate in Trowbridge.
Mr Adams, 64, of College Road, retired eight years ago as a panel beater/sprayer, due to ill health.
It was around the time that College Estate became a home zone, an area which is designed to meet the needs of pedestrians and residents.
He said: “The residents were upset by the criteria and didn’t think it was a deprived area. All we wanted was to work to make it better, so we set up our own residents’ association.”
Mr Adams became chairman of Trowbridge Urban Tasking and Trowbridge Neighbourhood Partnership, with residents meeting every two months with councillors and council officers.
He said: “If people have any problems and want to discuss it with me, they come to me and ask where they go.
“We were one of the first groups in Wiltshire to get an O2 mast moved and we have created a community garden that has a 50-year lease.”
Our community hero walks around the estate three times a week, to check if any rubbish is accumulating and if the grass is growing, then contacts the relevant people.
“I like meeting the people I am working with and seeing the process from start to finish,” said Mr Adams, who lives with wife Lynda.
“It is great to walk around and say ‘we did that’. I get the satisfaction of seeing what we have asked to be done, done. We all pay a great deal of rates and sometimes we cannot see what the council does for the money.
“Without the backing of people behind me, I couldn’t do what I do.
“I do it for the better of the estate. I don’t want to see it going downhill.”
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