A street champions scheme was launched in Barnstaple this week. The pilot scheme is aimed at helping local people build safer, closer communities by providing champions" to work closely with their neighbours to understand important issues in their area

A "street champions" scheme was launched in Barnstaple this week.The pilot scheme is aimed at helping local people build safer, closer communities by providing "champions" to work closely with their neighbours to understand important issues in their area and how they can be improved. It has been organised by Partners and Communities Together, a partnership led by the police that brings residents and organisations together to tackle local issues. The scheme is being piloted in Frankmarsh, Barnstaple, with 12 community volunteers beginning their training yesterday (Tuesday).They will work with organisations that support their neighbourhood, including the police, Safer North Devon, Neighbourhood Watch and North Devon Council and will have access to the same resources as Neighbourhood Watch members, such as a community messaging system, allowing police to keep them up to date with any problems in their street or area.They will help with such issues as crime prevention, anti-social behaviour, waste collection and recycling, fly-tipping, dog fouling, and noise nuisance.