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Podsmead £1million grant is ‘becoming a reality for us’

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

Podsmead residents Penny Ridler, Ann Donnelly, Cllr Jennie Dallimore, Sue Cole and Samantha Cole, celebrate the £1million funding back in February 2012

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EXCITING ideas were shared among residents in Podsmead at meeting to suggest how to spend a £1million pot for improving the area.

Back in February 2012 the community received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to improve it over the next 10 years.

The committee spent a year writing a plan of where it could go, which was presented to the Big Lottery Fund in September last year.

Residents were invited to share their ideas at a Big Local Panel meeting.

Charlie Markwick, chairman of Podsmead Big Local, said: “The meeting was almost like the £1million was becoming a reality.

“The idea of the meeting was to share and let people know some of the ideas people have come up with.

“It has been hard work putting together a cohesive plan on what we would like to see happen by 2023.”

Among the ideas discussed included a new pharmacy, which would see the Gloucestershire-based Badham’s chain starting up the new service.

Funding from the Big Local and National Lottery fund will help pay for temporary cabin buildings until a permanent home is found.

Those who attended the meeting read through a list of potential ideas, which they then discussed in their groups.

Ideas also included a car and bike hire scheme, a medical centre, a men’s shed, a cash machine, a garden fund, and an arts and film project for youngsters. Although no ideas have been chosen for definite, residents discussed how these ideas would be possible to operate.

Martin Beacham from the housing association Guinness Hermitage also attended the meeting.

He said: “The men’s shed would be quite a good place for boys and men to learn new skills, such as carpentering.

“There seems to be a generation which does not really know much about these skills.

“The bike hire scheme would be useful, if there was a range of bikes for everyone to use, including a bike with a basket for people to put their shopping into.”

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  • Richardburton  |  April 30 2014, 8:07PM

    How about education / training for the unemployed or a minibus for the use of ALL of podsmead surley this money could and should be used for the residents to expand their horizons? , Both young and old ,trips to places that interest the mind as well as the body. How do you expand any persons life.. by letting them see art/cinema/theatre/concerts/ places, etc. The above is the same old( £1million )how to waste it on nothing , No wonder the residents can't be told!