Sixty Kingston people join forces to revamp Dickerage Centre landscaping

Over 40 young people and 20 adults, as well as the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Roy Arora and local Coombe Vale ward councillors joined forces to smarten up the landscaping at the Centre.

The day was funded by the Council through the neighbourhood budget. It saw children and adults roll their sleeves up to paint the railings and generally tidy up the area. They were joined in their efforts on the day by the team from Achieving for Children Youth Service located at the Dickerage Centre and the local Police Community Support Officer.

Local traders, King Fish, Coombe Convenience and Tesco all contributed towards the event by providing lunch for everyone on the day.

Commenting on the day Councillor Arora, said:

“The event was fantastic. I was astounded at the turnout - over sixty people rolled up their sleeves and came together to smarten up the area around the Dickerage Centre. The sense of community spirit was inspiring. 

“I’m sure we will see more events like this, where the community and the Council work together, jointly looking after our borough. I hope to see, and be part of, a lot more of these community action days in the future. It's commitment like this from the local residents that makes Kingston upon Thames such a great borough. ”

Councillor David Glasspool, Lead member for Arts, Leisure and Heritage at Kingston Council said:

“I could not make it on the day but this was a fantastic example of what can be achieved when the Council and the community work together. I would like to thank everyone who turned out to volunteer their time and effort on Saturday.

“We have massive challenges ahead of us in local government if we are to continue to do the best for our areas. Funding from central government continues to reduce and the Council can no longer do everything it once did. The key to our borough continuing to look its best and provide what local people need is the Council and local people working together in ways such as this.

“The next local event at Dickerage Sports and Community Centre is ‘Sportsfest’ which is on Saturday 25 July. Bring a family picnic, join in with the sporting events and take the chance to meet the Mayor. Look out for more information on noticeboards around the area.”