Group strives for change in South Shore

Residents gathering ahead of the first meeting of the South Shore Community Partnership
Residents gathering ahead of the first meeting of the South Shore Community Partnership
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More than 70 people attended the first meeting of a community group launched to highlight issues in South Shore.

Speeding traffic, parking problems, keeping the neighbourhood clean and tackling dog fouling were among the priorities raised by residents at the inaugural meeting of the South Shore Community Partnership (SSCP).

The group has been set up by campaigners to plug the gap left after the council axed its network of area forums.

Ward councillors, local police officers and representatives of groups including Neighbourhood Watch, the Salvation Army and Victim Support were among those in attendance.

Barbara Jackson, who helped set up the partnership with other volunteers including Brian Coope, said; “With the demise of the area forums came a reduction in community spirit and those crucial connections where people could discuss the issues they face and problem solve together as a community. It was really sad to see.

“So when Brian and I met at another community group, we shared our thoughts and passion about connecting communities, and it gave us the ingredients to form the seedling that SSCP is.

“Our objectives are to make a difference, make connections and make positive change for South Shore, and we are confident that before long initiatives like ours in South Shore will be evolving across Blackpool.”

The meetings will take place quarterly with the next one set for early December.