New tenants and residents group opens its doors

A new tenants and residents group for the Hirst area of Ashington is opening the doors to its new premises tomorrow (Friday 11 September) – as it launches plans for the future.
The Hirst Tenants and Residents Group’s premises on Beatrice Street will be officially opened by VIP guest Ian Lavery MP at a public event where anyone is welcome to come along and find out more.
The new group is carrying on from the work of the former Target North Hirst Tenants and Residents group, after funding support from Northumberland County Council has allowed it to expand its work to a larger geographic area.
Support from Arch, the Northumberland development company, has also allowed the group to set itself up in new premises at 82 Beatrice Street in Ashington – where the opening day is taking place – from 10.30am this Friday (11th September).
The former Target North Hirst group was very successful, working hard to become the voice of the community, and organising events such as community clean ups and dog micro-chipping days.
A successful neighbourhood management scheme, which has helped to keep the area clean and green, will be taken forward into a new Hirst Neighbourhood Management Initiative, which will be rolled out with the support of the county council.
Chair of Hirst Tenants and Residents Group, Carol Brown, said: “We are very excited to be getting underway as the newly named group, and look forward to continuing the excellent work in championing the needs of the local community, and supporting positive improvements for the Hirst neighbourhood.
“We welcome everyone who would like to come along on Friday – and are keen to let them know our plans, and get their ideas for the future too.
“We would like to sign up more volunteers. No matter how much or how little time you might have, you would be able to make a valuable contribution to the group.”
A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said:  “The council is very keen to work with this community group at Hirst – and to pool resources so that we can make a real difference to the area.
“We want to work with local residents to raise the profile of the area – and ensure that local issues are effectively addressed – improving the quality of life here.”
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