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Neat Street working
8 July 2008

By STEPHEN FORBES - Western Leader

Neighbours and community representatives will join forces this month to give Elder Place in Massey a makeover.

The exercise is part of a new council-backed initiative to tidy up some of the city’s streets.

Keep Waitakere Beautiful spokesman Kevin Healy says a number of roads have been considered.

Elder Place was chosen after residents expressed an interest in taking part.

"We’re absolutely thrilled because the only way it can work long term is for the people to take some ownership," Mr Healy says.

"It won’t be sustainable if they don’t."

The Neat Street scheme was started by Keep Waitakere Beautiful and is sponsored by Neighbourhood Support, the Massey Matters project, the Tag Out Trust and the Massey Community Board.

Representatives have formed a committee to decide which streets should be considered. They work with residents to fix broken fences, paint out graffiti and clean things up.

The programme started in January at Ranui’s Afton Place and has included Cecil Beatt Place and Broughman Place in West Harbour.

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