Local residents and children gathered yesterday (Thursday 1 June) for a community fun day at Shaftesbury Park.

The event was organised in partnership between Derby City Council’s Neighbourhood Partnership Team, Streetpride, Derby Homes, Metropolitan Housing Trust, Derbyshire Police, Derby County Community Trust Sporting Futures and Mash Up.

Local youngsters had the opportunity to test out the refurbished sports courts with a number of activities set up throughout the day from football, volleyball and tennis.

Along with this there was balloon modelling and face painting for the children. Throughout the day residents helped with a litter pick in the park and the surrounding estate.

During the action packed day residents also had the chance to meet the local Neighbourhood Officers and discuss any problems they’ve had in the area as well as work to formulate a neighbourhood charter for their street.

A number of hanging plant baskets were installed outside the properties on Reeves Road; Leacroft Road; Cambridge and Holcombe Streets. With some of the local residents getting their hands dirty by helping with the planting.

Shaun Bennett, Director of Investment & Maintenance, Derby Homes, said:

Derby Homes are proud to be supporting Derby City Council in helping to improve a part of the city that needs some TLC. We are very keen to work with the local community to help to improve standards and maintain them into the future. Today’s event has gone a long way towards achieving this.”

Sarah Dosunmu, Neighbourhood Partnership Manager, said:

It has been a real pleasure to organise this event for the whole of the community. The children have loved it and enjoyed the activities throughout the day. A number of youngsters helped during the litter picking and I would like to pass on a big thank you to them for wanting to make a difference to their area. The event also provided us with the opportunity to speak with local residents; address any concerns they have and to start work on developing a charter for the street that everyone will stick to and help to keep the streets clean and tidy.”

As part of our pledge to make Derby the cleanest English City within four years, the Council recognises that having great surroundings in which to live, work and play is very important to our citizens.

You can read more about our 50 pledges on the Derby City Council website.