Working with the WSCC Youth Outreach Team and a replacement seating area for the Young People in Ifield West were just the beginning of the last 2 years work for Cllr Ali Burke – the latest results are securing funding for a new MUGA at Dobbins Place, clearing up the Dobbins Pond Landscape to reduce anti social behaviour, replacing the damaged fencing around the kick-about court, a new notice board and she is also working with the Outreach Worker from WSCC Steve Hemmings and Sarah from Nomad to look at possibilities for permanent Youth Facilities in Ifield West.
Cllr Burke commented “This is what being a Local Councillor is all about – meeting people and listening to what they need and helping wherever possible. Having spent the last 2 years talking to the youngsters and parents and spending time with them, it was very apparent that the area needed some investment for those living locally. We considered a number of sites – however Dobbins is the area that the Young People meet – they have their seating area and the kick-about, so it just made sense to place the new equipment here”.
The Muga will be complete by Easter 2011 and Cllr Burke is hoping to get a Lets Face It campaign running to add some flowers and colour into the Dobbins area to add to the new feel. Repairs to the fencing for the kick-about courts will begin soon too, and the Council are looking at the possibility of re-surfacing the court to reduce flooding..
Cllr Burke has also set up a local community group to focus on putting on events in Ifield, building on the success of the Ifield Fun Day Last Year. Work is just about to begin on another Fun Day and ad-hoc projects such as a street party for the Royal Wedding suggested by local mum Kelly Payne and inter-generational projects similar to the Community Cafe event organised in 2009.
If you would like to be part of the Ifield Community Group – please contact Cllr Ali Burke directly on 01293 400230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org