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CAMPAIGN FOR PLAY AREA IN KIMBERLY PARK GARDENS MOVES FORWARD

January 7, 2010 2:54 PM

A community group in Falmouth campaigning to improve play provision in Kimberly Park Gardens have moved another step forward this week, with an initial proposal being presented by Groundwork South West.

Kimberly Park Community Group was set up last year on the back of Terrye Teverson's Playground Campaign which received an influx of complaints about the state of play equipment in Falmouth's main park.

"Originally we met with residents and parents in the park, and now two meetings later we have a proposal for how the project should move forward from one of the country's major community groups - it's really great to see what a bit of local involvement can achieve in such a short time," Mrs Teverson, Prospective MP for Truro and Falmouth explained.

"Of course we are just at the beginning of the process but with a group like Groundwork South West involved Falmouth has a real opportunity to get funding to create an amazing space for children in Kimberly Park Gardens - something which is clearly lacking at the moment."

"I carried out my Playground Survey across the whole of the new Truro and Falmouth constituency and had replies from everywhere - but the vast majority came from people living in Falmouth."

Groundwork South West helps people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects and live and work in a greener way. Polly Gilbert, one of Groundwork South West's Project Managers attended the last Kimberly Park Community Group meeting in December and offered to help.

"Groundwork South West would be able to help the project at every stage of the process whether that be applying for funding, drawing up design ideas or co-ordinating with contractors. The whole process is very community led and can only be given funding with the support and involvement of local people - so the next stage is to arrange a consultation process with residents, children and community groups with an interest in the park and the town." Mrs Teverson added.

If you are interested in getting involved in the project please contact Tonie Chatterton on 01326 312828 or email Lucy Jones on lejones100@hotmail.com