First local Community Ranger deployed to boost Stanwell Moor and Stanwell
Stanwell Moor and Stanwell now have their very own local ranger - and some great work alongside residents has already begun to support the community.
Lee Mallett, the newly appointed Heathrow Ranger for Stanwell Moor and Stanwell, said: "I'm excited to be one of the first Heathrow Rangers and I look forward working closely with the community to make Stanwell Moor and Stanwell even better places to live. I'm also interested in understanding some of the challenges that the council and residents face with regards to anti-social behaviours. There is a real opportunity to make a difference by all working together."
Lee is set to work closely with Spelthorne Borough Council and local enforcement teams to help maintain tidy, safe and attractive communities all year round. During his first month in the role, Lee has already supported five council organised 'street-clean' days and has removed over 70 bags of litter from the local area.
Ongoing day-to-day tasks will include gardening, litter picking, monitoring HGVs and private hire vehicles as well as reporting any fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. The role will also help to deliver hands-on community days in local primary schools involving painting, gardening and other practical tasks to help build better, brighter school grounds.
The new full-time position, funded by Heathrow, is an initiative of the airport's Better Neighbour programme which aims to help communities thrive by working collaboratively with local people and partners. Rob Gray, Heathrow Community & Stakeholder Engagement Director, said: "We are delighted to introduce the first dedicated Heathrow Community Ranger to Stanwell Moor and Stanwell through our Better Neighbour programme. This move is a direct response to feedback from residents and we are sure Lee will be a fantastic support to the council team and make a real difference for the local community."
Cllr Richard Barratt, Spelthorne Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "Having Lee, a local resident, support the Council and residents in this new role as Community Ranger is going to be a very positive step and we look forward to working with him on a range of initiatives which benefit Stanwell and Stanwell Moor."
The Colnbrook and Poyle community has also secured its own dedicated Ranger this month. Heathrow will now look to extend the Ranger programme to other communities living closest to the airport over the next year.
Pictured: Matthew Sones and Martin Cole from Spelthorne Council's Joint Enforcement Team (JET) with Lee Mallett, Heathrow Ranger.