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HOW do you think Leigh Park could be improved?

Perhaps by better transport links or more play areas?

Now is the time to give your opinion on what would make the area a better place to live and work. Community First is a government-funded initiative run by local volunteers to try and make a difference to their communities.

In order to do that residents, businesses, voluntary groups and community organisations are being asked to complete a wide-ranging survey on Leigh Park.

It was launched yesterday at The Hub, in Park Parade, Leigh Park, where the first surveys were completed.

They will help inform the three community plans – one for Barncroft ward, one for Bondfields, in West Leigh, and a joint one for Battins and Warren Park .

Vicar Jonathan Jeffery, chairman of Leigh Park Community Association, said: ‘Whether you like it or not, consultation is the name of the game for any future development of Leigh Park.

‘It’s not a wish list, it’s not a quick fix, but it’s to engage the people who live and work in Leigh Park and set our priorities for the next year or two.

‘This, we hope, is a plan that will shape how Leigh Park develops over the next several generations. It’s important residents have a chance to express their opinions.

‘We want to know what people think about transport – buses and cars –playing space and leisure, health and fitness and voluntary experiences.’

Both Battins and West Leigh were awarded funding from Community First last year available until 2014.

Grants have already been made to Leigh Park W.I to go to the annual federation meeting to learn skills they can bring back to the town.

And Barncroft Primary School was given a grant to set up a friends network to encourage the community to get involved with the school.

Dennis Ansell from Leigh Park Neighbourhood Watch, said: ‘What I would like to see is to go back to the days when everyone spoke to each other and looked out for each other.

‘Maybe this survey can helps us do that.’

You can pick up surveys from Leigh Park Community Centre, Sharps Copse Children’s Centre, TROSPACC Children’s Centre, the Dickinson Centre, Park Families, Asda, in Bedhampton and The Hub, Park Parade.

One entry will win a £50 Asda voucher. Go to for an online survey.