Neighbourhood Plan Community and Leisure. Your Thoughts and Ideas.
As part of the Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan a Community and Leisure Sub Committee would like to hear your thoughts and ideas which will be then taken to Committee and be discussed.
Whilst we fully understand people don’t always have time to attend meetings we would still like to give you the opportunity to contribute to the Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan.
Please have a read of what we have collected so far and either add your own comments or email them to email@example.com and we will make sure they are all taken to the next Committee Meeting and presented to the Committee Members for discussion.
Community and Leisure
To get the feedback captured in the plan several community members were engaged to discuss their thoughts on what should be captured in the neighbourhood plan. This proved to be far more effective than convening a formal meeting that wouldn’t practically fit into people’s busy lifestyles.
Summary of findings:
There is a strong feeling that sports facilities, in particular green space, needs to preserved to provide the community of all ages and fitness abilities to partake in activities from cricket and football through to a safe environment to take strolls or walk dogs.
A common remake was that the lighting in some of the sports facilities was not very effective or no present that prevented the space being used in winter months.
Winter\poor weather usage was another common theme with suggestions of perhaps one of the sports fields being upgraded to allow all year sports usage.
A few people raised the state and quality of the sports related buildings with some suggestions that if funding were to become available refurbishing them would encourage greater use of the available facilities.
There was a common consensus that because Stapleford is fortunate to have these spaces that it provided a community feel by pulling together residents of all age groups to participate in sports.
A good example of this community cohesion through sport can be evidenced by the success of Stapleford Town Football Club which does a huge amount for the youth of Stapleford and also local businesses who are proud to support them.
Feedback of parents with smaller children have identified that if there was a small facility on the high street that provided a simple activity such as a seesaw or roundabout it would make their visit to the high street easier and more attractive as their children can have a quick break from the shops and have a play.
It was noted that the facilities at Hickings Lane and QEII park were appreciated like the skate park and five-a-side pitch. There was a couple of people who observed that some of the equipment needs a bit of TLC especially on QEII park where some of the equipment has been subjected, sadly, to mindless vandalism.
Another unfortunate comment made was the use of parks, again QEII was cited in particular, where young adults often use the park to consume drugs often in clear view of the children.
This seemed to be a large gap in this area identified by a number of teens consulted.
They don’t feel there are places in Stapleford that would attract them to go either on the high street or elsewhere that they either felt safe or comfortable.
It was suggested having somewhere they could be welcome such as a coffee shop or teen friendly café that has ready access to WIFI would allow them to have a place to meet safely.
This was appreciated to be a tough one to solve as it would need a business willing to set-up to meet that demographic.
A couple of people mentioned that the closure of the Mayfield community centre worried them because they are concerned all the community space that is readily accessible to the infirm or less able bodied as well as the able bodied residents will be closed as part of the overall ‘austerity’ being imposed and once gone will disappear forever. The general feeling was that this erodes the community feel and reducing opportunities to meet other people within Stapleford that they may not have had the opportunity to meet.
Events, when well planned, have shown to bring the town together such as the annual November memorial and Christmas lights switch on (The Christmas lights is one that animated most people who mentioned how well it has come on in the past couple of years and becoming an established event that excites people who want to come into Stapleford to experience it)
People mentioned the types of events they would like to see are:
Local music, country and western certainly was mentioned a lot!
Local arts and crafts shows
Craft and vintage fairs
‘Normal’ food market
The community demonstrated what it can do with the very sad loss of Josh a very young member of Stapleford. The ‘Run for Josh’ was achieved with just a week’s planning and proved to be an outstanding event that showed Stapleford and its residents are full of compassion and community spirit. It was remarked that ‘why does it take a tragedy to make these things happen’.
This was widely regarded as a strong positive influence in Stapleford and something that should be encouraged and preserved no matter the religion.