Police help create new community garden in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: Neighbourhood beat manager Tony Freeman at the site of the new garden with some initial drawn up plans. Photo: Aisling Magill. Neighbourhood beat manager Tony Freeman at the site of the new garden with some initial drawn up plans. Photo: Aisling Magill.

A POLICE constable from Bridgwater has helped secure £12,500 to transform a dull part of town into a vibrant garden.

Neighbourhood beat manager Tony Freeman hopes work can begin to convert a concrete bench area in West Street into a community garden as soon as July 21.

He told the Mercury: “I want to give the community a free garden. The area has been on my beat for a few years and we used to have a bit of antisocial behaviour there.

“It just needed brightening up.”

The plans would see the back wall demolished and the area will be completely transformed into a canal-themed garden.

Ideas include mock lock gates used for planters and a mural designed by some local students showing Bridgwater Fair and the markets. The Showman’s Guild, which organises rides at the fair, will be having a plaque to commemorate a special anniversary.

Constable Freeman added: “I’ve battled to get this project on track. A lot of different authorities are involved, such as the Canal and River Trust, so organising it has been three years in the making. I’m determined to get this done.

“The money has come from funds from the town council, police and other community funds.”

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6:46pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Blue Owl says...

P.c Tony Freeman is possible one of the Most dedicated Police Officers, we have in Bridgwater, on the Street, he liaises with the Youths, and troublemakers, his persona is top rate! his approach to Policing is Modern.
Tony works extremely well in the Community he is Attatched to as a
Neighbourhood Officer, meets Regularly with the Local Town / District Ward Councillors, to respond early andi intervein with the Residents.
If the Youths who cause trouble, abuse the area, what can he Do, it can not be supervised 24/7, but I am sure there is CCTV in the Vacinity, so hopeful the area can be monitored.
Well Done Tony, PC Freeman. I Know that as A Former Councillor, I would have liked you Attatched to Bower Ward as it was then.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
P.c Tony Freeman is possible one of the Most dedicated Police Officers, we have in Bridgwater, on the Street, he liaises with the Youths, and troublemakers, his persona is top rate! his approach to Policing is Modern. Tony works extremely well in the Community he is Attatched to as a Neighbourhood Officer, meets Regularly with the Local Town / District Ward Councillors, to respond early andi intervein with the Residents. If the Youths who cause trouble, abuse the area, what can he Do, it can not be supervised 24/7, but I am sure there is CCTV in the Vacinity, so hopeful the area can be monitored. Well Done Tony, PC Freeman. I Know that as A Former Councillor, I would have liked you Attatched to Bower Ward as it was then. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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10:13pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Tex3830 says...

David
Thank you for your kind words.
I am really excited about the garden as it has taken me 3 years to get to this stage. I also raised £16,500 a number of years ago and completed my project to install a CCTV camera which sits on the opposite side of the road ,which will cover the new garden. I have also worked with the council and a couple of years ago we made the area a no drinking zone.
Thank you for your support and I look forward the community garden being completed.
Regards
Tony
David Thank you for your kind words. I am really excited about the garden as it has taken me 3 years to get to this stage. I also raised £16,500 a number of years ago and completed my project to install a CCTV camera which sits on the opposite side of the road ,which will cover the new garden. I have also worked with the council and a couple of years ago we made the area a no drinking zone. Thank you for your support and I look forward the community garden being completed. Regards Tony Tex3830
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