A GROUP which wants to make its neighbourhood a better place is the first in Brent to receive a new status.
Sudbury Town Residents’ Association has been active in the community for three years, but now has more power under the Localism Act.
This new legislation allows groups in certain areas to come up with plans for shaping their neighbourhood in the future.
Members of the association and others formed a neighbourhood forum to consult the community and come up with a neighbourhood development plan.
Their suggestions will be used by the council to help form a borough plan which will be taken in to consideration when devising strategies for the area.
The chairman of the residents’ association and of the neighbourhood forum, George Sabaratnam, said: “The idea came from the association. Now we are integrated with the neighbourhood forum and we will be working together in a wider area.
“We will come up with a local plan and this will act as a check for the future on any plans in relation to the high street and other areas.
“Our motto is Greener, Cleaner, Safer Sudbury and the policies will reflect that.”
The Sudbury group will focus on strengthening the high street and attracting more business to the area, as well as cleaning up the streets. It will target paan spitting, and keeping green spaces clean and safe.
The forum received its status from Brent Council, which is now considering similar groups for other areas inthe borough. Community organisations can apply to be awarded the designation.
Members are now busy talking to people in the community, meeting as many people and holding meetings to gather views on what people in Sudbury want to see in their area.
There is a public meeting on Saturday, at 11am, in the Maya Lebanese Restaurant and Lounge, 763-765 Harrow Road, Sudbury.