A second Residents' Association for Stanmore.

Local residents have been working through the winter to get a new Residents' Association for Lower Stanmore off the ground.

The new Association will be centred around the Crescent Recreation Ground and will include Stuart Crescent, Cromwell Road, Kings Avenue and the lower part of Stanmore Lane. It will also included two sheltered schemes at Drummond Close and Lisle Court.

David Lumby, the Council’s Tenant Participation Officer, has been working with the steering group over the past few months. He said: “The group will look at a range of issues and concerns which effect local people.  It will consider the long term future of the area and investigate what local residents can do to shape that future.”

The formation of the Association, the second one in Stanmore, comes at a time when the City Council is keen to see residents involved in the Stanmore Community Plan which is currently being drafted.

A successful Residents' Association can help to reduce crime by encouraging Neighbourhood Watch and address issues such as car parking.

Residents' Associations can also play a central role in helping to improve the environment, arranging activities for children & the elderly; and planning seasonal events such as summer fetes, winter fairs and car boot sales.

It is hoped that the new association will get the strong local support it needs to be a success.

The first General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 26 February at Stanmore Primary School, Stanmore Lane. The meeting will start at 7:30pm and the Guest Speaker will be Simon Eden, Chief Executive of Winchester City Council.

The meeting is open to everybody living in the area, including tenants of Winchester City Council, A2 Winchester, other Housing Associations and all home owners.

If you would like to make Stanmore a better place to live and think that you could give something back to your local area, please support the Residents' Association by coming along to the meeting.

For further information, or if you would like transport to either of the meetings, please contact David Lumby on Freephone 0800716987 or dlumby@winchester.gov.uk