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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Carlisle estate residents' wishlist to make life better

A community on the cusp of a multi-million boost has revealed a wish list to make life better where they live.

Harraby photo
Harraby

People in the Harraby area of Carlisle say they want tougher action against those who don’t pick up their dog’s dirt, drivers to slow down and to have more activities for young people.

They also want Keenan Park upgraded, including the provision of a multi-use games area, a nature walk, improved changing rooms and action to tackle flooding there.

A vision from residents has emerged in the estate’s first community plan.

It’s been drawn up by the residents’ group Harraby Together We Can (HTWC), along with the area’s councillors and other organisations following a survey of all homes on the estate.

HTWC chairman Anne Dalton said: “This is what the local people want to see happen.

“As a group, we want to listen and try to take some of these ideas forward. We are setting up smaller task groups to make sure we get things moving.

“The success of this group comes from the people who come to the meetings and make things happen. We would love more of the community to help us meet the priorities in the plan.”

Action that residents want includes:

Speed limits and 20mph zones.

One-way systems identified.

A sensible approach to street parking.

Greater sanctions for dog fouling.

More people involved in street tidy days.

More for young people to do inside.

Retention of the estate’s shops.

Developing allotments for community use.

Keeping and developing green spaces.

Further developing Keenan Park.

More community events.

Keeping a sense of community.

Supporting existing sports clubs.

Ensuring there are indoor and outdoor facilities for the future.

The plan has been published with work poised to get underway on the biggest single development on the estate in years.

Construction of the £12m school and community campus on the site of the former North Cumbria Technology College is due to start in September, with hopes that children will start lessons there a year later.

The final business case for the development was approved by Cumbria County Council last week.

The development will include a new building to replace the existing Pennine Way Primary School, eventually doubling its current capacity to cater for 600-plus pupils. It will also feature a cafe, library link, meeting space, soft play, children’s centre and an independent children’s nursery.

Cyril Weber, a long-serving city and county councillor for Harraby, believes the vision in the community plan will tie in well with the emergence of the community campus.

“The campus meets a lot of the key priorities that have been outlined in the plan such as all-weather facilities for winter and increased sports activities for all,” he said.

“This is a good start but the document will also help us to continue to further meet the needs of the community.”

Kevin Clapperton, a Harraby resident of more than 30 years, said: “There have been so many changes in Harraby over the years but one of the things that has remained constant is that people want the best for the area.”

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