We have consulted with our community through a questionnaire, public meetings and visits to our local schools and we have now developed a scheme which has widespread support and will provide much needed facilities for all our community and it will cost over £100,000! We have already raised £30,000 but this has taken 3 years! Public Health England's Public Health Profile for Amber Valley 2015 details local priorities to include increasing physical activity, reducing levels of obesity and improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing. It also reports that for this area in 2012, 28.0% of adults were classified as obese, worse than the average for England. This project is given further importance by the agreement for planning permission to build 108 new homes on Roes Lane, Crich, 16 new homes on The Common, Fritchley and the prospect of further development of 68 homes on Roes Lane, Crich
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We believe the completed project will have numerous benefits and positive outcomes including encouraging the communities of Crich, Whatstandwell and Fritchley to come together to use all the facilities. This will encourage community cohesion and increase contact between the young and old, promoting a better understanding of one another and forging new friendships. The project will assist the 3 communities in improving fitness levels, discouraging anti-social behavior and supporting positive mental health. It will also remove barriers that currently exist in accessing much needed services that once installed, will be free of charge and accessible to all.
Steps to get it done:
Our vision is to create a vibrant place that all members of the community can use. A place to play, to walk, to exercise, to meet and chat with friends, to sit and reflect and to simply enjoy nature. The project was also inspired by the sudden and unexpected death of Ruth Yorke a resident of Crich who worked with children and had four grandchildren. The recreation ground currently has no footpaths or easy-access entrances – limiting its use during inclement weather, 5 items of rusting play equipment and an old football pitch. We want to provide new and innovative play equipment, exercise equipment, seating areas, a wild play area, landscaped areas including community gardens, and an area for quiet contemplation.
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