GETTING to know the neighbours is easy for Bilston residents - thanks to new technology.
People in Chestnut Walk are using the Facebook social networking site to develop a sense of community spirit.
Residents’ association member Steve Childs said: “I’d lived in a new build home for 10 years before moving to Chestnut Walk, but other than the people next door and a few others I didn’t know anyone.
“I longed for the days when everyone knew each other and I wanted to recreate the neighbourhood feel that you don’t really get these days. I set up www.facebook.com/groups/chestnutwalk in the hope that enough people in the 79 occupied houses on the 166-home estate would share that feeling.”
It certainly worked as there are now about 70 people in the Facebook group.
They can now share ideas for community events, get to know the neighbours and also help those who are buying homes off Bankfield Road to find out more about the neighbourhood and the local people.
But it’s not just talk, there’s also action. Thanks to Facebook residents have helped tidy up the Bradley Arm Canal which runs through the development and enjoyed a community barbecue hiring a bouncy castle paid for by developers Redrow.
“With the help of social media, we’ve been able to create a sense of community that’s more like a rural village than an urban area,” said Steve, managing director of UK Websystems, who moved to a four-bedroom detached Ruthin house with wife Kerrie, who works as a purchaser, and daughter Amelia.
“When we first came we fell in love with the house there and then. It was the kind of house that Kerrie and I both used to draw when we were kids,” added Steve.
To discover why Steve and others love living there, log on to their website or go to www.redrow.co.uk/chestnut
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