How St Augustine's Community Together Residents' Association (ACT) began
On 16 October 2003 a public meeting was held in
St Augustine's Hall, Norwich. It had been organised by two local residents, Sally-Ann Reynolds and Donna Williams, with the help of Norwich City Councillor, Diana Lowe, and the Rev'd Nicholas Vesey, vicar of
St Augustine's and St Luke's, in order to begin a conversation about tackling anti-social behaviour and improving community amenities in the area.
In January 2004 St Augustine's Community Together Residents' Association was formerly constituted in order to give people living and working in the St Augustine's area* of Norwich a public forum where they could express their concerns about issues affecting their daily lives, homes, families and businesses. Very soon after this the group began campaigning to make St Augustine's a better place to live, work and play.
Local issues and ACT campaigns
Some of the issues ACT has addressed include:
Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour by working with Norfolk Constabulary's Safer Neighbourhood teams, Community Wardens, and officers of Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council.
The provision of good quality social amenities, such as improved green spaces and child-play facilities, as well as supporting a local parent and toddler club and credit union.
Improving the dilapidated appearance of some of the buildings in St Augustine's by working closely with Norwich City Council and other bodies such as the Norwich Society.
The economic and cultural regeneration of the area. ACT was represented on the Northern City Centre Area Action Plan Stakeholders' Forum and Implementation Panel.
Environmental problems, including the provision of refuse management and recycling facilities in the area, litter, graffiti, fly-tipping and dog fouling in public areas, broken or defaced signage and broken or inadequate street and security lighting, as well as reducing traffic congestion and noise, improving air quality and making our streets safer, including tackling dangerous cycling on local footways.
To read about recent community issues click here.
ACT Community Meetings
ACT has campaigned successfully on all the above issues and seen significant improvements to ther area but there is still plenty to do. If you would like to get more involved come along to our next community meeting and let us know your views, concerns, problems and ideas.
ACT holds public meetings in St Augustine's Hall every couple of months or so throughout the year (usually between four and five times a year). These are open to anyone who lives or works in the St Augustine's area. The meetings are regularly attended by the area's City and County councillors, Norwich City Council's Community Engagment officer for the area, local housing officers, and Norfolk Constabulary's Safer Neighbourhood Team's Police and Community Support officers.
Click on News and Events for details of our next meeting.
ACT - a properly constituted body
St Augustine's Community Together Residents' Association (also known as ACT or SACTRA) is an unincorporated association governed by constitution and managed by an annualy elected management committee. Currently this is made up of:
Chair: Nick Hall
Co-Vice Chairs: Andrew Eeles and Simeon Jackson
Secretary & Treasurer: Stuart McLaren
Community Outreach Officer: Carrie Sant
Fund-raising & Events Officer: Lynda Honeywood Hall
Elections to the committee are held at the Association's annual general meeting, which is normally held in January, February or March. Membership of the Association is free and open to everyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or is a member of a faith group in the St Augustine's area of Norwich.* Persons under the age of 16 may be admitted to junior membership at the discretion of the committee.
The area we cover
*For the purposes of ACT, the St Augustine's area is deemed to include the following: Aylsham Road (at the St Augustine's Gate end only), Bakers Road, Barnes Yard (off Leonards Street), Botolph Street, Catherine Wheel Opening, Chatham Street, Dalimond Court, Damien Elton Court, Dog Yard, Ebenezer Place, Edward Street, Esdelle Street, The Gildencroft, Hindes Yard, Howard Terrace, Jenkins Lane, Key and Castle Yard, The Lathes, Leonards Street, Magpie Road (south side only from St Augustine's Gate to Esdelle/Edward Street junction), Malzy Court off Chatham Street, New Botolph Street, Nichols Yard, Nunns Yard, Oak Street (north of the inner ring road only, up to No. 167), Quakers Lane, Quintain Mews, Pitt Street, Rose Yard, Royal Oak Yard, St Augustine's Church Alley, St Augustine's Gate, St Augustine's Street, St Martin-at-Oak Wall Lane, Stonemasons Court, Sussex Street, Talbot Square, Talbot Yard and Winecoopers Arms Yard.
To see where St Augustine's is located click here.