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Landmark for Kidderminster area safety group
A COMMUNITY group set up to tackle anti-social behaviour on a Kidderminster estate is celebrating raising more than £320,000 during the past 10 years.
After two years of negotiations, the Offmore Comberton Action Group (OCAG) started fundraising in 2004, receiving initial donations, totalling £3,500, from St Chad's Church, West Mercia Police and Wyre Forest Community Housing.
Ten years on OCAG has raised £321,000, which has been invested in projects across the Offmore and Comberton ward, including installing equipment at Borrington Park and CCTV cameras at Burcher Green and Broom Rise, developing a community garden scheme at Burcher Green, planting trees and giving money to local Scout groups.
OCAG secretary Fran Oborski, also a Liberal Wyre Forest district councillor, said: "OCAG is a superb example of what councillors and communities, working together, can achieve. At the start our aim was to reduce anti-social behaviour but now we are a major player in improving life in our area.
"I want to thank everyone for their support over the years. We have achieved much but there is even more to do."
She said a meeting was held at Kidderminster Police Station on October 2, 2002, following an increase in anti-social behaviour incidents on Comberton Estate, where ward councillors, local police and representatives of St Chad's Church discussed the possibility of setting up an urban safety group.
A month later, a public meeting was held and OCAG was set up under the chairmanship of late councillor Mike Oborski. Between January and March, 2003, a survey of residents was completed and on March 19 of that year the group's constitution was agreed and signed.
A year later donations began to roll in after the group launched a fundraising bid.
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