Pupil power has prompted
a major environmental improvement in Coventry.
Youngsters from John
Shelton School signed a petition complaining that the Hen Lane
Park in Holbrooks was too dark, littered and overgrown for them
The petition, which was
passed from the school to the police and from the police to Area
Co-ordination North, is now to be acted upon.
Action Against Crime are
levelling the ground, clearing away overgrown bush and re-turfing
Coventry City Council's
Cultural Development are to create a football pitch complete
Work has already begun
on the Hen Lane Park site and Area Co-ordination North officer
Sarah Ferguson, who has overseen the project and liased with
local residents, is delighted with the opportunity to make some
environmental changes in Holbrooks.
"This is our
first major coup since Area Co-ordination North extended to
Holbrooks in April. I
am so pleased that the first thing we are doing will show we
can change things environmentally in Holbrooks.
area is very limited in terms of space for young people, and
the Hen Lane Park was not being used because it was so dark
and littered and the ground was so uneven.
"It is so
important to improve this environment and make space for the
children to play, and the really special thing about this
particular project is that the young people asked for what
they needed in their area.
Area-Co-ordination is here to help residents improve their
area and this can only happen if they say what they need.
children are an example for people young and old, throughout
the city. They saw
something that needed improving, something that would make a
difference to their lives and give them space to play, and
they did something about it.
am really looking forward to hearing their feedback on the
Cllr Mrs Margaret
Lancaster said the improvements to the park made it more
accessible for all the local residents, in particular the
"I am delighted
that the work has finally begun on the park in Hen Lane.
It will be a great improvement.
"We have been
looking to improve the park for a long time and have at last
got the funds to make it a nicer area for the children to play
"We hope that
once the park is finished and safe, the children will police
it themselves. They are
the ones who petitioned for it to be tidied up and we hope
that they will look after it now the changes are being