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Braunstone Gate Update
15-03-2017

With another Westival planned for Monday 1st May, lots of new street-sprucing up ideas coming and recruiting for a new Project Officer, the Braunstone Gate community is gearing up for Spring.

The new and all-volunteer Westival organising group is cracking on with recruiting stallholders, booking road closures and the hundreds of other tasks needed to create another great festival - they need lots more local volunteers, performers and stallholders so do get in touch with the team at leicesterwestival@gmail.com Sustrans and the Community Forum are working on recruiting a new Project Officer to support both them and the Westival group - get in touch if you are interested in the job: wayne.brewin@sustrans.org.uk  or 07467 338 717.

Braunstone GateAlso on the Community Forum's ongoing task list is the car parking advice leaflet, a community notice board, hanging baskets, and new ideas are brewing for a pop-up arts & crafts shop, street art, more plants, an apple juicing event, action on uneven pavements and more!

It was our 2nd birthday on 1st March! Over the last two years over 800 local people have talked and worked together at over 30 public events or meetings. Together we have found out what are people's most common concerns and aspirations for the street, we painted the mural (byPegasus), turned a rubbish-patch in to a beautiful mini-garden (still flowering!), assisted the council with the 'Greener Entrances' street trial, litterpicked and planted along the street, researched potential and locations for courtesy pedestrian crossings, ran the first Winter Westival (which along with a lot of cheer, brought 4000 people to the street!), and negotiated our way through hundreds of people's wants and needs to come up with a detailed proposal to re-design the street that is supported by a majority of both residents and businesses.

A big thanks to everyone that has contributed to the project so far!                       

Charlotte Jones

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