MORE than 150 residents from Phillipstown, New Tredegar were able to have their say on the environmental improvements they would like to see in their community at a recent event.

As part of wider work around the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme, funding has been set aside to take forward an environmental standard which states that “all homes should be located in an environment to which residents can relate and in which they can be proud to live.”

The 'Shape Your Place' event was designed to encourage residents to give their views on the environmental improvements they would like to see in their community as part of the WHQS Environmental programme. 

More than 50 people were keen to give their views on the improvements they would like to see in their area.

Suggestions included improvements to entrance signage, improved play area facilities, bulb planting, improving the cleanliness of the local area, cutting back overgrowth and the addition of parking where possible.

 Cllr Eluned Stenner, cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection and local councillor for New Tredegar attended the event.

Cllr Stenner said: “It was lovely to see both adults and children engaging to improve the community.”

 Cllr Lisa Phipps, cabinet member for Homes and Places said: “It is great to see the residents getting out and getting involved in activities within their community. 

“The feasibility of these proposals will now need to be considered and residents will have plenty of opportunity to get involved as the programme is developed over the coming months.”

Anyone wishing to have their say can do so by contacting Anna Lewis, WHQS environmental officer on 01443 866231.