CHARFORD is set for improvement work thanks to funding secured by The Safer Bromsgrove Partnership.

The focus for the project will be Tibberton court, building on previous work Bromsgrove District Housing Trust carried out earlier in the year which included the renovation of the Charford play area.

The refreshed play area now boasts new equipment, as well as improvements to lighting and fencing.

District councillor and ward member for Charford, Cllr Michael Thompson, said: “We want residents to feel safe in their communities and by working together we can achieve that.

"This project has the potential to make a real difference within Charford and is an opportunity for this proud community to shape its future.”

The improvement work will aim to support local residents, deter crime and reduce anti-social behaviour.

The partnership is seeking residents’ views on what improvements they would like to see, with an initial consultation taking place on Monday June 14 between 11am and 3pm.

There will be the opportunity for residents to share their thoughts on security improvements within the area, as well as having the opportunity to have free, bike and home security marking.

Portfolio holder for community safety, Cllr Philip Thomas, said: “Whether you’re a council tenant, rent, own your home, live in a flat, house, sheltered accommodation, or anything in between, our home is where we should feel safest.

"Even small changes, like Smart Water marking or physically securing your property can make all the difference.

"I hope residents in Charford attend the consultations because their input will help shape the project going forward to address the issues that might be bothering them.”

Smart Water property marking will be offered to all residents across five sheltered housing schemes, as well as key security advice from partners to ensure residents can keep their belongings safe during the summer.

This follows a spate of burglaries last summer on the sheltered housing complex within the Charford area.

The Safer Bromsgrove Partnership is made up of partner organisations, including, Bromsgrove District Council, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, Churches Together and West Mercia Police.