Community group boosting pride in Tilehurst’s Norcot estate

About 60 people gathered together in the Norcot Youth and community centre in Lyndhurst Road on Sunday for a “street party” marking the group’s launch.

The new community association, which has no name yet, covers the area of the old Norcot estate bounded by Norcot Road, Rodway Road, Oxford Road and McIlroy Park.

One of the organisers, Alison Afzal, said: “We are currently working with Reading Borough Council and Norcot Youth and Community Centre as well as a group of passionate local residents who really want to see a change on the old Norcot estate.”

The aims of the group are:

  • To encourage greater community pride and spirit.
  • To help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by working in partnership with the police and local authority and residents.
  • To improve the built and natural environment of the estate.
  • To protect and improve local amenities.
  • To encourage the regeneration of the community centre.
  • To represent and promote the interests of residents living in Norcot.

The free street party on Sunday was opened by Reading West MP Alok Sharma who gave a speech about community spirit and local people brought food to share. A balloon artist, playground games, a cake stall and a community cafe added to the entertainment.

This article originally appeared in getreading

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