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A big thank you to everyone who came down and celebrated Play Day 2013 with us. We had a great time in the cut through between Clementhorpe road and Waterbeach road.

Everyone enjoyed fantastic music from the Top Banana’s who came all the way from Brighton to play for us, craft activity boxes donated by Dabble Boxes and a beautiful wooden play house donated by Big Game Hunters. Around 40 children and adults came out and neighbours living on the same street were meeting each other for the first time! Many of them told us they wanted more activities like this for younger children during the holidays and it was great to see the space being used in a really positive way.

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We’ve had a few worried comments from residents about the green areas being used for play and that this isn’t appropriate as there are two big Parks very nearby. To clarify, these events and ideas about using the green spaces in different ways are temporary and a way of testing ideas out. All the ideas have come from residents comments and suggestions. DIY Porter’s Lodge is all about improving the neighbourhood, making it safer, more attractive, easier to walk and cycle around and most importantly listening to residents’ priorities.

Many parents have talked of their concern around the Parks’s not being safe for the children to play in and their fear of letting their children cross the busy roads to get to them. Our speed counts have shown 44% of cars on Gale Street are breaking the 30mph speed limit acting as a barrier to enter Parsloe’s Park. At the other side of the neighbourhood crossing Lodge Avenue to Mayesbrook Park, 54% of cars are going above 30mph. With speeds like this we are working at how to address this through the street design changes. However, in the short term temporary interventions in the green spaces hope to encourage more people to think about walking to the Parks by linking up access to them through a trail of green.

The Parks have very low usage rates, so we’re trying to think of creative ways that will address the barriers that people have told us about when thinking about visiting them. Other priority issues we’re working with residents’ to tackle are: dog mess, bins on pavements, lack of space on the pavement, untidy parking and dangerous crossings.

Everyone is welcome to attend our community design meetings coming up. More details to follow but they’ll be on:

29th August 1-2pm Cannington Road

4th September 10am-12pm and 6-8pm Roundhouse Roundabout (tbc)

Any questions please get in touch, we are waiting to hear from you!

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