After one back alley in Bradford was highlighted as not only dangerous for residents to walk down but hazardous for vehicles, a community in Bradford came together to tackle the problem head on.
Following on from a number of community initiatives last year, Bradford Council, Associate Waste Management, and local Heaton residents took on their bumpiest challenge to date.
The Alley behind the Jamia Shan-e-Islam Welfare and Education Centre provides a much needed entrance for visitors yet the surface has been uneven and difficult for elderly people to negotiate.
Step up the local community action team. Last year the ‘Freshen Up Frizinghall’ campaign addressed a number of issues with ‘clean-up’ projects, organised between Frizinghall First volunteer Sajid Mahmood and Mike Robinson of AWM, and this year the group continue to work with worthy causes.
The uneven Alley behind Jamia Shan-e-Islam, has been torn up and is now ready to have a brand new, flat surface, laid down in coming days.
Mike Robisnon, of AWM explained: “Like all our sustainable projects, we aim to try to make not only the area but also the lives of residents better. Members of the Mosque highlighted a problem with the alley and asked for help.
24 hours later we had skips, a mini digger and our team on site to start the work.
“11 tonnes of soil and rubble has been removed over the course of a day whilst a number of residents have helped lay the hardcore that the new concrete surface will be poured onto.”
Money for the project was achieved via a grant approved by the ward councillors, with matched funding from AWM to carry out the environmental improvements.
Mike added: “The grant from the ward councillors has enabled a partnership between residents, community organisations and AWM Ltd to achieve a lot more collectively and we are excited about tackling more outstanding issues in Frizinghall together.”
Sajid Mahmood, of the Frizinghall First community group added his praise for the project.
He said: “I’m proud to continually be part of work we do within the area with fellow residents and AWM. Working together has meant we’re able to achieve so much more.
“Mike and I work together and encourage residents to engage and try to make a more connected community. It’s great to see neighbours, businesses and residents achieve so much together.”