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Acomb’s future in the spotlight
9:11am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS have met in Acomb to discuss how to rebuild the area’s sense of community.
About a dozen people with an interest in the area’s future took part in an “open space” meeting yesterday at the Gateway Centre to discuss the question: ‘What will make Acomb feel like home again?’
One of the organisers, the Rev Ned Lunn, curate of St Stephen’s and St Aidan’s Church, said the meeting was an open discussion rather like an organised coffee break, allowing people to meet, network and discuss how Acomb’s future could be shaped.
“This was not just about talking but about finding exciting and new opportunities to develop Acomb into a place we can be proud of,” he said.
He said there was a feeling that Acomb was in danger of losing its way and sense of community, and he believed some quite radical action was needed to restore that feeling of community.
He said several groups discussed a number of key ideas, including the possibility of launching a community radio and of creating an urban farm or community garden.
The group discussing the idea of a community radio station felt it could start up in a small way, perhaps as a five-minute podcast, at a very low cost.
Residents felt it could promote and be promoted by local businesses, but believed that issues such as payments of royalties for playing music would have to be explored.
Another group felt a community garden or urban farm was a good idea, creating access to healthy food and lifestyles, allowing people to share their skills and knowledge, and becoming an intergenerational project.
Other ideas discussed included plans to form a “community hub” and ways of getting more elderly people involved in “Timebank”, a venture aimed at building friendships and sharing skills.
Mr Lunn said the groups would now hold further discussions about the feasibility of their ideas.
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