Thursday, May 8, 2008

That's a real community

Whilst travelling around Sherwood yesterday, I heard a great story about community values. It's only a simple thing, but it really struck a chord with me.

Around a year ago, some of the residents of Greggs Wood Road in Sherwood began to lobby me for a new bus stop outside the shops. The old one was just a stop - no seating, no cover - and for many of the older people who rely on the service to get them into town, it was not pleasant on cold, windy, rainy days.

It took a while, but I fianlly managed to get a new shelter installed - with roof, side panels and a seat.

Just a normal request and a normal response, you might think - but what amazed me was that the same residents wanted extra seats, and so pushed their Borough Council for a bench next to the shelter, which they now have.

And the icing on the cake? A group of locals now come out each and every day with a bowl of hot soapy water, and wash down their shelter to keep it looking brand new. That's a real community.

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