A busy day for Queens Road summer fare!

22 July 2015

Sunday 28th June was a busy day in Clarendon Park, with the Queens Road summer fare!
KidsI was due to help staff two stalls, Friends of Victoria Park (FOVP) and Friends of Clarendon Park (FCP) which were due to be next to each other. However, a stall glitch meant the stalls were quite far apart,and a hasty bit of rejigging of rotas had to be done! We would love to welcome more active volunteers to either of these groups, so if you are interested, please get in touch!
FOVP is a constituted group trying to develop and enhance Vicky park, and bid for money for additional bits of community equipment. Our facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofVictoriaParkLE1?fref=photo&sk=photos
I am the membership secretary for this group. We had a stall with Focus, a charity supporting volunteering for young people. FOVP and Focus had put a joint bid together to fund some volunteer work on the park.
We were highlighting  FOVP work to date, including our submission of a lottery bid to fund an extension to the board walk around the pond. Focus were getting views about park priorities, and how people wanted the park to develop. One of the options on the table is to move the lower playground from its shady location, to the central part of the park, and that seemed to be the most popular choice.we have a day of action on the park planned for Saturday 15th August, and encourage everyone to come along and help!
FCP is a constituted group with a remit to support and protect the Clarendon park area, coordinate planning responses, and ensure the CP community and local businesses had a coherent voice. Our facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsOfClarendonPark/?fref=ts  I am chair of this group.
Whilst our primary focus in the past was to fight Tesco's plans to open in CP, now we have won (yeah!) that fight, the committee want to ensure we retain and share some of the skills we picked up with that battle, and to widen our remit . One of the things we highlighted on the stall and collected signatures for, was the fact that half CP road is 20mph, and half 30mph. We collected many signatures calling for the council to install a 20mph limit outside St John the Baptist school in time for the Autumn term, and to consult widely now, on getting the 20mph limit extended across the whole of CP. if you want to sign on line, please go to the e-petition section of the council website:
Contact Mags if you wish to come along to any the meetings.
We had a great day, despite the rain at the start, signed up more new members to both groups, and highlighted the links between air quality, road safety, cycle and walking levels and speed!
Best wishes,

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