Residents from Timber Close, St Austell, Cornwall, have recently been out in force to celebrate the opening event of the renovated park, which was funded by Sanctuary Housing’s regional community investment fund in partnership with Cornwall Council and supported by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C).
Community spirit could be felt by all at the launch party, as families came together to witness the unveiling of a plaque. The atmosphere was electric thanks to entertainment from a local steel drum group, and local children’s delight at being turned into their favourite superhero or princess by local face painters was evident.
Before the recent investment in the Timber Close community, young residents’ feedback was that there was nothing to do on their doorstep. Local children have their own space, which is in a safe and enjoyable environment, thanks to Sanctuary Housing’s donation.
Michael Howarth, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood communications officer in the South West, said: “The investment in Timber Close has been a long-term one and everyone here at Sanctuary is thrilled with the results. Children can now play together whilst being safe and not causing disruption to other members of the community.
“The launch party was a fantastic day; the weather was on our side and all residents came out to mark the occasion. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment and BBQ spread and we are over the moon that we celebrated a community story with the people that matter – the community.”