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Volunteers at the Heath Big Local urge Uttoxeter homeowners to have their say before deadline

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VOLUNTEERS at the Heath Big Local are urging homeowners in the Heath to fill out a survey before deadline to help them shape the future of their community.

The £1 million Heath Big Local (HBL) fund is asking Uttoxeter people to voice their thoughts on the current proposals on how the funding should be spent to improve the area before the deadline for response at the end of June.

Ideas up for discussion and approval as part of the questionnaire are improvements and extensions to the community centre, investment in green spaces, provision of sports and educational activities, financial support for care facilities and the provision of a community chest for small projects.

The extensions to the community centre would provide better facilities for activities in the community and additional play equipment would be built for children.

Focus groups also found people in the Heath want more entertainment activities for young people especially in the school holidays, so the Big Local group are proposing increased provision of sport throughout the year.

Another idea was for more assistance to vulnerable groups and individuals including those who are terminally ill.

The suggestion made was to provide financial support to the Hermitage residential home, in Holly Road, for a standalone palliative care and services unit.

A community chest fund for projects in the area for local individuals, groups, business start-ups and charities will also be set up.

Those wishing to have their say on the proposals can head online to heathbiglocal.org.uk/survey or drop off a paper copy at the Heath Community Centre in Holly Road or at Uttoxeter Library in High Street.

HBL chairman Lynne Shelton said: “We’ve looked at all the feedback and are checking through a few potential projects that we may be able to include in the plan but before we do it’s important that we survey the people who actually live in the Heath area and get their views.”

HBL has so far donated more than £23,000 to Uttoxeter Town Football Club to help provide the upgrades to Oldfields Sports Ground needed to compete in the Midlands League next season.

Mrs Shelton said: “It’s been a real pleasure working with the club on this application for funding.

“They understand our drive to raise aspirations in the community.

“Their positivity and enthusiasm just shines through and we are really looking forward to working with them again in the future, providing more access and activity for the local community, especially local young people.”

The partnership has also agreed to invest £5,000 in new play equipment at Bramshall Road Park.

A recent children’s sign-making competition about littering and dog fouling prevention has just closed and entries are being judged.

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