Sunday, 14 September 2008

Dunkirk's 'Spider Park'.

Dunkirk residents discuss the proposed layout of their new 'Spider Park'.

Until now I have been writing, from time to time, about Dunkirk Park. As of now it's has a name change. Residents and staff from the nearby Dunkirk School and Children's Centre made the point that local kids have called it 'The Spider Park' for quite a while on account of a piece of play equipment, made up of elasticated ropes around a central pole, which resemble a spider's web — hence the name.
The Spider in Highfields Park

This came out at a public meeting last Wednesday evening in Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Centre to look at plans showing the proposed layout of the new Spider Park. The makeover has been a long time coming and I am sure that Dave Trimble, Dunkirk and Lenton's Labour Party city councillor and Nottingham City Council's portfolio holder for parks among other things, was determined to get something done about the park whilst he had the opportunity.

Everyone at the meeting was enthusiastic and positive about the plans, so apart from last minute follow-up consultations with local kids and teenagers, it will soon be all systems go to ensure the work is all completed by the end of the current financial year (31 March 2009). Dunkirk is one of the city's forgotten corners, hemmed in on four sides by the Ring Road, the railway, the Science Park and Nottingham University, so it's nice to see it getting some much deserved attention.

I will be returning to Dunkirk (and Old Lenton) next week to report on the Labour Party meeting we held in the
Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Centre last Tuesday about all the developments which are planned for the area. In the meantime, I'm planning a mid-week blog about Telford Town Park in Shropshire and related issues (Thanks to Emma for the pointing out this story to me).

West Brom 3, West Ham 2. Up the Baggies. A football result from yesterday which meant a great deal to Susan!

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