Slough Borough Council hosted a drop in community feedback event at the Manor Park Community Centre last Saturday (25 November) alongside local partners.
The event was held to share feedback following a public consultation in March which asked residents to share their experiences of using the Manor Park community centre, surrounding park and adjacent Age Concern building.
The event provided residents with an opportunity to hear more about the plans being proposed for the community centre, hall and park following their initial feedback, as well as the work that has been carried out to date by councillors, council officers, community members and partner organisations.
Community groups Paving the Way and the Ujala Foundation organised a Winter Festival for local residents which took place in the main hall at Manor Park on the same day.
The Winter Festival family fun day hosted stalls selling food, gifts, sweets, clothes and jewellery and offered free cake and face painting for children, as well as a range of fun activities.
Cllr Fiza Matloob, ward councillor for Baylis and Stoke, said: “We engaged with many members of the local community over the weekend, filling them in on the plans for the future of the Manor Park site, following the valuable feedback we received from more than 600 people in March.
“Local residents can expect to see a new green gym installed in the park, enhancements made to the park and area in general, as well as the installation of new cricket nets. The community centre will soon offer adult education taster sessions and free/affordable exercise classes. We have also received a commitment from Thames Valley Police to support our work in the area.”
Sabeena Akram, chair of Paving the Way, added: “We were delighted so many local residents came to lend their support to the Winter Festival. More than 300 people attended the event.
“We are proud to see so many local services focus their time, effort and resources to Manor Park. This collaborative approach brings together organisations from the voluntary sector such as Paving the Way and the Ujala Foundation, to work directly with public sector organisations like Slough Borough Council, health providers and Thames Valley Police and make a real difference to this area. I look forward to continuing this partnership work to further improve the lives of Manor Park residents.”
The successful day was attended by hundreds of local residents as well as representatives from Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, the Ujala Foundation, Paving the Way and the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust.