Spring Clean on Sunday 15th April 10.45am meet at the Brookside Hall car park.  If you want to come to the free lunch, please let Margaret know

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1. Brookside Resident's Council Committe 2012/13


Originally we met in the Brookside Community Centre, hence our name, as it was central to the Lings & Lumbertubs estates which we cover.  When the building was closed due to subsidence, we moved to The Academy, but numbers dropped so we used The Lounge of Benham Court until numbers grew too large. We tried meeting at the Salvation Army for a while, but they couldn't have us permanently so we moved to Lumbertubs School but PFI costs depleted our funds(£50 per meeting)In 2010 we moved again - this time to the Brookside Hall (former Mill Wheel Pub) & we meet on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding August starting at 6.45pm with refreshments. The Police, Housing Officer, Environment Warden, Councillor,& invited speakers attend our meetings.

We aim to help residents with any concerns they have as we have good links with the Police, NBC, & other agencies. We give out useful information& have organised visits to the CCTV HQ & Police Call Centre. We support the Wild Life Trust & promote events in Lings Wood.

Every year we have Community Clean-ups in April & October.

The underpass near the shops was covered in graffiti, so using designs drawn by Lumbertubs' school pupils we hired a community artist to paint it, aided by volunteers.

We campaigned about abandoned shopping trolleys for many years & finally  Tescos employed a man to go around the estate picking them up. Other campaigns included getting measures to prevent traveller's illegal encampments, removal of derelict drying areas, provision of Eurobins for the flats, & installation of bollards to prevent parking on verges & cars driving on footpaths. In 2009 we successfully campaigned for a zebra crossing on Birds Hill Road & for the unsafe Brookside Community Centre to be demolished. The site was then used for some more play equipment. BRC was involved with the new owner redesigning the Mill Wheel pub to create a community space within The Brookside Hall.

Social events have played an important part such as OAP socials, Christmas & Valentine Day parties & Fun Days. In the past we ran  Children's disco nights & joined Friends of the Lakes in their events. We raised funds to provide extra play equipment in the area & supported campaigns to have a MUGA in Rillwood Court & a Skateboard Park.

In conjunction Weston Favell library  we produced a local history book of the area "The Vision- Then & Now" which covered the estates 1964-2010. Copies were given away free & are available from the library.

We were involved in the Safer Lings & Lumbertubs Project which brought in extra money from crime to be spent on cutting back trees & bushes, repairing pavements & walls & clearing up rubbish. We were filmed for TV with Jack Straw when he visited Lumbertubs in 2010.

BRC was instrumental in supporting a bid for Playbuilder's funding of £10,000 for the large play area on the Lings field.

BRC also went into Lumbertubs School as part of the Junior Wardens project aimed at training young people to take care of their environment.

Since 2000 we have produced a quarterly newsletter, The Banner, which is delivered by volunteers to every home in the area. This contains helpful advice, useful contact numbers, news, resident's articles,  photos & adverts which offset some of the £350 cost per issue.

Our dream is for an area of low crime, contented residents, good community spirit between all the ethnic groups & ages. Brookside Residents' Council will continue to serve the Lings & Lumbertubs estates as

"Together we can make a difference"

 BRC Stall at Salvation Army Fun Day July 2011

BRC Spring Clean - April 2010




Comment by Margaret Pritchard on November 18, 2011 at 13:15

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Comment by Margaret Pritchard on November 18, 2011 at 13:23

Photos from BRC archives

Comment by Margaret Pritchard on February 9, 2012 at 23:14

If you have a picture of a BRC activity, please send it to me so I can add it to the page.

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