Residents of Norton Bridge have long held a desire to benefit from a place for the whole family to use, for young and old alike to benefit from, at the centre of their community especially as the existing play area adjoining St. Lukes Close was beginning to look quite old and tired.
Community volunteers, led by the local Parish Council and other key members of the local community have worked tirelessly, drawing out designs, arranging consultation sessions with local residents, holding fund raising afternoon teas and running market stalls, to help make this initiative a success.
With the support of local Stafford Borough Councillor, Jeremy Pert, the Borough Council has this week agreed to lease the land to Chebsey Parish Council for the next thirty years, so that the community’s aspirations can become a reality.
And this community project is already well underway with its fund raising to help deliver this initiative with news that the Central England Co-Operative Society has awarded it a total of £3,000, following a grant application submitted by Councillor Pert. This means that the project, with all the other fund raising undertaken to date, has raised more than £6,000 towards its target.
Councillor Jeremy Pert said at the time of the award :
“This is a great example of people in a community coming together for the benefit of their neighbours to deliver a long held dream and I can’t wait to see the family area being regularly used once all the remaining money has been raised”.
In addition Network Rail and the Staffordshire Alliance as part of their legacy work following the completion of the railway junction upgrades in the Norton Bridge area are also supporting this community scheme.
It is hoped that the Norton Bridge family area will be completed by the end of 2017, after a thirty year wait.