Hemmingwell Improvements to the Square
The story so far......
The council in 2001 set up the Hemmingwell Action Group which has overseen and delivered many improvements to the area. The latest project has been to transform the area around the shops from a grey concrete, unwelcoming and threatening place to one which the local community and their visitors can use and feel proud of.
What kick started the project?
The Hemmingwell Action Group responded to the community and in particular children from Oakway Junior school who took part in Northamptonshire Young Detectives Project, saying they feel unsafe in the area and do not like using it, and formed a sub group to give added focus to the needs of the area.
How this was accomplished.....
Through working in partnership, creative thinking and most importantly really listening to communities and enabling them to lead on the changes, the shopping area now has a refurbished Community & Skills Centre, new seating, litter bins, barrier, handrail, shrub beds cleared out, new improved lighting to the underpass, two new 'Welcome to Hemmingwell' signs, notice board, Artist in Residence (mosaic birds), hanging flower baskets and more.... The community began getting excited about the changes and so the Hemmingwell Resident Association submitted a successful Community Spaces bid to the Lottery for £27,261.50 which so far has been used to pay for the following:
- tiling the underpass (first in the Borough of Wellingborough);
- disabled access picnic bench;
- landscaping to the banked areas (600 plants were planted by Oakway Junior School, Pre-School Sygnets, Hemmingwell Resident Association under the watchful eye of the landscaper);
- additional art work is being created by the community through artist supported workshops.
The Journey continues with Hemmingwell Celebration event
Hemmingwell Regeneration Project launched on August 1st after receiving just over £27,000 from Community Spaces to improve their local square. Tamzin Smith, the groups Facilitator, went along to the launch to capture some of the community spirit!