The land at the back of their council flats was an eyesore. Overgrown, attracting fly tippers and vandals. Today, it is a community garden where children play and families grow vegetables.
The transformation was the idea of one resident with a love of gardening who persuaded the council to provide practical and financial help. It has been so successful that people in other parts of Southampton have been inspired to tackle their own derelict areas.
Kerry Swain has been following their project since the beginning and has this special report.
They stepped in to run their local pub when it closed but now it could be turned into a supermarket. The Medway Queen in Chatham has been declared a community asset. It means the locals have been given time to prove it's a viable business. Tom Savvides has the story.
Comedian, TV personality, and passionate campaigner on civic issues, Griff Rhys Jones, was in Canterbury today at the start of a four-day tour. He met the local Residents Vision Group who've compiled a plan for the City, for which Griff wrote the foreword. David Johns went to meet him.
Officers in Gravesham would like to hear from local charities and community organisations, who may be able to benefit from a financial contribution from the Kent Police Property Fund.
The property fund is an excellent way for us to be able to help fund community projects. I have had the pleasure of previously presenting cheques to a number of charities from the scouts, football clubs, centres for those with disabilities and crime prevention groups. I look forward to hearing from more organisations and hearing how a cheque for £400 can contribute to their community projects.
– District Commander for Gravesham, Chief Inspector Philip Painter
The Kent Police property fund is generated from the sale, at auction, of unclaimed lost property and items seized in police operations. The proceeds raised at these auctions are then presented to local charitable groups that work for the good of the local community.
Anyone who wishes to apply for a donation from the Kent Police Property Fund in the Gravesham area, should contact Chief Inspector Philip Painter, Kent Police, North Kent Police Station, Thames Way, Northfleet, DA11 8BD.