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Busy summer for group

Knottingley junior neighbourhood watch will start work on improving The Lanes in July. PCSO's Sam Dodson and Aaron Riley join Hazel Richardson and the JNW - Matthew Poxon / Bobbie_Lea Poxon / Ellie Jordan / Natasha McCall. (P511A424)

Knottingley junior neighbourhood watch will start work on improving The Lanes in July. PCSO's Sam Dodson and Aaron Riley join Hazel Richardson and the JNW - Matthew Poxon / Bobbie_Lea Poxon / Ellie Jordan / Natasha McCall. (P511A424)

Youngsters in Knottingley who set up a junior neighbourhood watch are in for a busy summer as they get to work on their first project.

The group of 11 to 19-year-olds from the Warwick estate set up Warwick Watchers – thought to be the first of its kind in the district – last August.

The group holds regular meetings with the aim of improving the estate.

Now, after ten months’ hard work and preparations, they start their first project next month.

The youngsters will carry out a £8,000 revamp of a footpath – known locally as The Lanes – which is used as a shortcut from the estate to De Lacy Academy and Ash Grove Surgery.

Hazel Richardson, who helps run the group, said: “I can’t put it into words how proud of them I am.

“I’m absolutely over the moon for them. It’s been a real learning curve.

“There have been times when they thought it was never going to happen but now they’ve got something tangible as a reward for all their hard work.”

As part of the revamp, the group will resurface the lane, add benches along the side of the path and tidy up the grass verges.

Work on the path will begin on July 21 and is expected to take around five to six weeks.

Mrs Richardson added: “The youngsters have worked so hard on this project and all I ask is that people respect that.”

“The whole idea came from the children themselves and they’re doing this to help everyone.”

 

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