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Bid to improve life for town's poorest

PUBLISHED: 07:14 09 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010

A neighbourhood manager has been employed by West Norfolk Council to help transform the lives of King's Lynn's poorest residents.

Vicky Etheridge has been tasked with reducing anti-social behaviour across the town as part of a multi-million pound drive to curb crime and improve living standards.

A neighbourhood manager has been employed by West Norfolk Council to help transform the lives of King's Lynn's poorest residents.

Vicky Etheridge has been tasked with reducing anti-social behaviour across the town as part of a multi-million pound drive to curb crime and improve living standards.

The former NHS worker will liaise with police, council officers, voluntary organisations and other statutory bodies to raise residents' concerns.

She said: "The role is very much about working with people living in those areas and listening to those issues, and working with other service providers to see what can be done to address these issues.

"In the long term, we are looking at improving quality of life for people living there. In my first three days here, I have heard about issues such as fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour."

The council has been given a government grant of £3.6m, over four years, to target Lynn's poorest areas.

Ms Etheridge has been employed along with five police community support officers to work with residents in areas including Fairstead, Gaywood and Hillington Square.

She said: "It is exciting but daunting. People have been really, really friendly."

Council leaders hope the project will foster better relations within communities and reduce underachievement in education.

The money will also be targeted at improving the local environment and providing basic leisure facilities for youngsters.

Council leader John Dobson said yesterday: "We think this is a moment for celebration. It is about having some cash and having a champion for those communities in some of the most deprived areas of King's Lynn."

Ms Etheridge is working from the Fairstead Community Centre, at Centre Point, Lynn.

She can be contacted on 01553 763756 or by email on: vicky.etheridge@west-norfolk.gov.uk


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