December 6 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Residents, businesspeople and councillors in Catton Grove have met to discuss how to spend a £1m grant to help improve their community.
The area of Norwich was awarded a £1m Big Local grant last year to help make Catton Grove an even better place to live, work and volunteer.
Since January the ‘Big Local Bunch’ have been giving their time voluntarily on the project and met on Thursday to discuss the results of a community questionnaire.
More than 300 resident surveys were returned and the results revealed that 81pc of people enjoy living in the area and in particular think it’s a friendly and safe community with good range of parks and open spaces and wide variety of local shops.
From all the information gathered in the area, residents chose five themes to focus on over the first two to three years.
These themes are: building a vibrant and active community, promoting healthy living, strengthening the local economy through money/debt advice, employment opportunities and training, services and provision for young people, and services and provision for older people
Paul Kendrick, councillor for Catton Grove said: “The survey was very successful in helping us to understand the views of local residents and what they’d like to see developed in the area. I’m very much looking forward to the next stage of this exciting project.”
Ian Tarry, partnership manager with Norse Commercial Services, who attended the day to support local residents in their decision making, added: “We are very happy to be involved in Big Local. Businesses have an important role to play within community projects; this exciting 10 year plan deserves the support of businesses in the area.”
Local resident, John Appleby, added: “Volunteering with Big Local has given me a purpose and the opportunity to help decide what makes a difference to us all.”
If you live, work or volunteer in the area and would like to find out more or talk to us about volunteering with Catton Grove Big Local, email email@example.com or call Angela Jefford on 07427 695160