COLUMN: Lyn of Littleport

Lyn Gibb-de Swarte

Lyn Gibb-de Swarte - Credit: Archant

Although Littleport is a great place to live, with neighbourliness embedded in its community, and is still a safe place for children to play out and the elderly to feel safe going about their daily errands, it has a small percentage of social ills.

However, whether on a scale like that of cities like Ely is to be discovered!

This Thursday, March 1, Littleport Village Hall is to host something called the Littleport Community Hub from 10am to 1pm.

Promoted by the East Cambs District Council (whose housing department will be there too) echoing the Ely Hub, it offers advice and ‘support’ covering homelessness, debt, benefits, mental health issues and problems with anti-social behaviour.

Interestingly, as well as organisations like the Community Safety Partnership, Christians Against Poverty and Sanctuary Housing, there will also be Inclusion - the drug addiction service based in Ely.

Tesco is supplying a hot meal for visitors and Starbuck’s the coffee.

Angela Parmenter, housing and community safety manager at ECDC, says “we have an excellent relationship with landlords and have worked hard to be able to secure accommodation for single people, usually within 48 hours of us first meeting the homeless person.”

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In the nastier world out there, we hope that landlords and their management and maintenance personnel, who make a living out of housing the vulnerable, are subject to rigorous checks.

And it’s recorded that most of the Ely Hub’s visitors, since it opened last year, needed mental health support.

Getting back to all the regular pleasantness that abounds in our village, I can report that the reflection of all that’s good about Littleport, Littleport Life magazine, is being delivered by a trusty band of volunteers over this weekend...

And a night out is good, and safe, any day of the week here, and Saturday night there’s an eclectic choice of music to enjoy with a wee dram or a pint of best.

Five Ska at the Plough & Harrow, Mark Steele at the Ex Servicemen’s Club. The Crown Inn and the Swan on the River gastro pub and B&B are always a welcoming option too.

As for youngsters’ activities, some have been busy sweeping up and cleaning the skate park. Meanwhile, members of The Port youth club have been painting many small rocks and hiding them where they can be found around the village, demonstrating what we all say - Littleport rocks!