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'Let's bring Copeland Park community together' says resident

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

County councillor Barry Kirby with Copeland Park resident Stuart Mays and 2-year-old daughter Alexandra

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There's nothing like good neighbours and residents of Copeland Park are planning to get to know each other a little bit better.

The fast-growing estate near Kingsway now boasts almost 1,000 homes.

But it is a new community and neighbours are itching for a way to get to know each other more.

Now a new residents group is being founded by dad-of-one Stuart Mays, who has lived on the estate since 2006.

The school teacher is hosting a first get-together on Thursday, April 24 with the help of county councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway).

Mr Mays, 34, said: “I want to bring the community together so we can organise events such as a family fun day in the summer. There are a lot of young families living here.

“When we think there are things that could be improved it sounds better if we are one strong voice rather just individual residents.

“It is not just about what could be improved but about coming up with ideas for the future.

“It would be nice to know more of my neighbours so we are having a meeting next week for the first time. I’ve already had some really good responses to the idea.”

The meeting will take place at 7pm on April 24 at the SkillZONE centre on nearby Tuffley Lane.

Mr Kirby said: “This is how we started in Kingsway and hopefully in Copeland Park we will be able to learn some lessons from what we did there to get it right for everyone.

“It is easy to get hung up on what is wrong with somewhere, but this is not about that. This is a lovely community and it is about making it even better.”

John Gow, who is Kingsway’s new community builder, tasked with knitting different community groups and leaders together, is extending the remit of his work to include Copeland Park.

Mr Gow is tasked with helping people in the community set up new groups, work with like-minded people and encouraging people to do their bit to make it a better place to live.

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  • jackson99  |  April 19 2014, 9:03PM

    I thought most of Copeland Park was Sociall Housing and the rest rented. Difficult to build a community when people are moving all the time