Residents living in a housing estate in Peasedown St John were recently invited to take part in an Open Afternoon to give their views on the future of a popular community open space.
Known locally as ‘The Green’, for decades the area has been used by children and families for recreational activities, has been host to community events, and other regular fixtures such as Wansdyke Play Associations’ Play Rangers.
Local councillor Nathan Hartley said: “The Green has been a feature of community life in Frederick and Albert Avenues, St John’s Close and Sunnyside View for the past 50 years.
“It’s important that we keep it that way, and so thanks to the new Residents Association local people were invited to come along and put their suggestions forward.”
The land, which is owned and managed by Curo Housing Association, was last given a makeover in 2006 following a community project led by the former FAST residents’ group.
Suggestions put forward included:
- More trees;
- New fencing;
- A water feature;
- Community BBQ space;
- Picnic tables;
- More grit and litter bins;
- Play equipment for children.
At the Residents Associations’ next meeting they’ll be meeting Curo Housing Officer Steve Atkinson and Cllr Nathan Hartley to see what ideas can be taken forward, and what funding is available.
The Open Afternoon was held at St John’s Close community hall, which has just seen the installation of a new cooker.
Karen Walker, who is Vice-Chair of the Parish Council, grew up in Frederick Avenue. She commented: “Congratulations to Joy Gosz, Mandy Clarke and other members of the association for having this new cooker installed.
“I know they have big plans to work with Curo Housing to provide a range of support services for residents living in the estate from the community hall.
“This new cooker will be a great help in catering for events and activities in the future.”
For more details about the Residents Association contact Mandy Clarke by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting 43 Albert Avenue.