Elder Place: Through the Eyes of Our Children

Picture5For the last few months, a small group led by Philip the LAT Chair have been considering issues in and around Elder/Providence Place.

Following concerns from businesses that the state of neglect and misuse of the street was impacting on their ability to trade, the group has been considering this and other aspects of the street, and trying to come up with practical proposals for improvement. More information on this can be found under the ELDER PLACE tab on the menu above.

One theme has been about making the area feel safer, and so far we have been thinking about the street from the perspective of adults – businesses wanting to trade, people wanting to park their cars or walk through the area. Thanks to the work of local children charity SafetyNet we can add to this a bit about what our children think.

SafetyNetKids recently worked with Year 6 classes at St Bartholomew’s School; that’s children aged 10-11 years of age, teaching assertiveness and personal safety techniques and awareness.  They carried out a large scale consultation to discover what the children felt were important issues for their community and what affected their safety.

The children’s responses covered a range of issues experienced across a wide geographical area, and Emma from SafetyNetKids has shared those responses with us. The illustrated comments below were selected from the broader list of issues as being particularly concerned with Providence Park, Providence Place, Elder Place and New England area.

Picture1Picture2Picture4Picture3Drugs, mugging, graffiti, alcohol misuse; things we might all recognise as problems in our area. For adults, the presence of these aspects in our streets can be unwelcome, unpleasant or intimidating. To our children the negative experience can be magnified.

At age 11 children are starting to explore their neighbourhood independently, and it is vital for their development into resilient independent, self assured and confident young people that they should be able to do so in safety and free from fear. For a properly improved public place,  whatever solutions and initiatives which we might put together for Elder Place need to reflect and respond to the needs of our children.

Thanks to Emma Lacey from Safety Net Kids and the Children of St Bartholomew School for their insight and comments. All rights reserved: please to not use or repost images in any format without consent.

For further information about this work, contact Emma Lacey [Emma.Lacey@safety-net.org.uk]

The Common Room Update

The Common Room was the name given to the temporary intervention pilot which took place in Providence Park gardens last year. Since then, work has carried on behind the scenes as the findings of the temporary experiment are analysed to see what worked and how permanent changes can be put in place.

The first community newsletter for the project has been produced and distributed to near neighbors of the site. Click on the image below to view a copy.

Common Room News 1

London Road LAT June Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday June 4th 6.30 (or 6.15 for tea and baked goods!) at the Calvary Church Preston Circus.

London Road Area Local Action Team – Agenda 4th June 2013
1. Welcome, apologies & introductions: we hope to welcome Tim Nichols,
Head of Licensing, and Chris Gull from the Emporium. Apologies received
from DRARA.
2a. Minutes of previous meeting
2b. Date of next meeting: July 2nd
2c. Finances – an enquiry has been sent as to whether LAT funding will
continue as previously
2d. Notice that an AGM is due “within 15 months of the last” – July 2nd – there
will be voting for nominated posts
3. St. Bartholomew’s CE Primary Community Safety feedback (may be held
over due to illness)
4. Policing matters & licensing
4a. The last month’s policing priorities were agreed as:
• Street drinking/anti-social behavior/drug use in York Place
• Shop-lifting
• Prevention of intimidating behaviour on London Road
4b. Licensing review – B&W
4c. York Place – other issues, progress from last meeting?
4d. Licensing – Emporium
4e. Alcohol pricing – issue raised previously – hold over?
5. Elder Place – report, vision, and proposed public meeting 20th June 18.00
6. Matters arising, ongoing and updates
6a. Co-op Redevelopment – including Simon Cowell
6b. The Level
6c. Richardson’s Yard
6d. Oxford Street – traffic issues including bus lane legal status and
enforcement
6e. Open Market
6f. Squatters update
6g. Flyposting
6h. Jenny Lind – art installation on “Greenway”
6i. Portas Pilot update
6j. Any other updates – items of any other business should be emailed to the
Chair before the meeting – A.O.B. Any other items, please notify Chair at
philipwells@btinternet.com before the meeting.