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Residents In Tile Hill Invited To Plan For The Furture Of Their Area

A massive community event called ‘Planning for Real’ will take place on Saturday 31 October in Jardine Crescent. The first of its kind in Coventry, it will give local people the chance to put forward their ideas of how they would like to see their area improved.

Ward Councillor John Mason, a trained Planning for Real facilitator who will be there on Saturday said,

"This is an exciting opportunity for people of all ages to get really involved and put forward their ideas on how they would like to see their area around Jardine Crescent improved. Everyone sees their area in a different way, but everyone shares the same common ground of living in the place its self. Planning for Real allows local people to influence what happens in their area in the future and I hope as many people as possible will find 10 minutes or so to pop along and make a contribution. I promise, everyone’s ideas will count."

The event will take place between 10am and 4pm in a marquee on the green next to the shops in Jardine Crescent. A large 3D model, made by local school children, will form the centre piece of the day. Bug enough for people to identify their own front door and at the same time take a birds eye view of where they live, the model will allow everyone from 5 to 105 to get involved in a unique, hands on way. The event, organised by City Development will address the issues of poverty, access and safety which are key issues of the Coventry Community Plan.

More than 300 ‘flags’ will be provided, so people can place them on the model to express their views and pin point exactly where they think there should be change – this could include traffic calming, children’s play facilities and new benches and litter bins or they could be used to identify problem areas such as vandalised or derelict buildings. There will also be plenty of blank flags so people can write down their own ideas. Every idea placed on the model will be noted in a written report which will form the basis of an action plan for the project. Copies of the plan will be available for everyone to read.

Other activities taking place include musical entertainment, exhibitions and an electric car for adults, as well as face painting, balloon modelling and a puppet show for youngsters. Ward Councillors, experts from the City Council, Area Co-ordination Team, Residents and West Midlands Police will be available to answer questions and give advice. There will also be a free creche facility for children aged 3 to 8 at the Jardine Crescent Day Nursery.

Further information:
Nick Richards, Area Regeneration Officer for Canley and Tile Hill
01203 834283


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