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New Streets and Open Spaces community engagement team launched

News release from 16/01/2019

A NEW Cambridge City Council team has been established to help improve the city’s streets, parks and open spaces by forging closer links with local residents, businesses and community groups.

The council’s new Streets and Open Spaces (S&OS) Community Engagement service comprises of four Area Rangers, a Local Reserves Ranger and a Team Leader. The team will help to ensure residents, visitors and businesses can play an active role in caring for their local environment, through forming friends’ groups on open spaces, joining the council’s S&OS volunteer scheme and developing community led projects.

Each Area Ranger operates within a designated area of the city – North, East, South or West – in line with the council’s Area Committees, to allow officers to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of their local area and its community; and so be able to better support active community engagement. 

The Local Reserves Ranger works alongside the new Area Rangers to support increased community engagement in the council’s 12 Local Nature Reserves and other wildlife sites and projects.

The team organise and deliver public awareness-raising and educational campaigns, including those aimed at reducing litter and fly tipping and promoting nature conservation, within their designated area and across the city. 

The Community Engagement Team is as follows:

  • Team Leader – Rina Dunning
  • North (Arbury, Kings Hedges, East Chesterton and West Chesterton wards) – Joe Godwin
  • East (Abbey, Coleridge, Petersfield and Romsey) – Chris Clements
  • South (Cherry Hinton, Queen Edith’s and Trumpington) – Ed Nugent
  • West/Central (Castle, Market and Newnham) – Ian Colley
  • Nature Reserves – Vic Smith

The team can be contacted via email at sosvolunteers@cambridge.gov.uk, by phone on 01223 458084 or via Twitter @CambStreetScene.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “I fully support the formation of this exciting new team and the additional capacity it gives us to engage residents, businesses and visitors in helping to care for the city’s streets, parks and open spaces.”

“Not only is the Community Engagement Team supporting individuals and groups to be able to carry out valuable voluntary work to improve their local environment, it is also developing and running environmental awareness raising and education campaigns and fostering civic pride and community empowerment.

“I am very pleased to see that there will be much more opportunity for the public to get involved with helping to care for their area, to make a real positive change to their neighbourhood.”