Sincil Community Land Trust have successfully gained the lease of a former play area on St Andrews Close to bring the site back into use for the community. Prior to this, the area has been locked and gated off from local people for several years.
Funding for the Pocket Park was accessed from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and has enabled the group to lease the land from the City of Lincoln Council for a twenty five year period. The Land Trust is formed of residents, local councillors and a representative from a local primary school, and each member has shown incredible commitment to making the project happen.
Over the past few months the Land Trust has been supported by the Foundation’s Community Organising team throughout all stages of the Pocket Park project, from working through legal agreements to coordinating the first physical clearance session on the park site, which took place on Tuesday 29th October.
In order to inform how the park should be developed, the group were additionally supported to hold a consultation event, speaking to local people and residents on the streets close to the park about what they would like the space to look like. Residents’ ideas will be incorporated into final designs, which are being developed in partnership with the University of Lincoln.
Alice Carter, Senior Community Organiser at Lincoln City Foundation said “Through our work listening to residents in the Sincil Bank area, a common concern which is raised is the lack of green community space. The willingness that Sincil Community Land Trust have shown to address this need and to take on such an important project for the community is fantastic”
Further physical clearance sessions will be held on site, before work will then focus on turning the area into a place where people can socialise and enjoy an array of nature and wildlife, which will aim to be attracted back to the park.
If you would like to find out more about resident led activities taking place in the Sincil Bank area or would be interested in joining the Sincil Community Land Trust, please contact Alice Carter, Senior Community Organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org