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Citizens UK Peterborough: Have your say on Central Park

Earlier this year Citizens UK Peterborough started tackling some of the city's most troubling issues.
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Central Park looking brilliant. Photo: John Baker

For background, Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good and already boasts diverse civil society alliances in London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Birmingham, Wales, Manchester, Tyne & Wear and Leeds. 

Those alliances consist of representatives from schools, universities, hospitals, mosques, churches, synagogues, charities and other community groups, with the aim of giving them power and achieve change on the issues that matter to them.

In Peterborough two areas were identified at this time - mental health, and crime and safety (Homelessness and racism will be examined at a later date).

Members of the alliance are tackling one each, and Peterborough Matters is looking specifically at the latter, specifically Central Park and the surrounding areas.

Thomas Deacon Academy research showed that, regardless of the demographic, the same message was shared. In this instance, it related to feeling unsafe and the dislike for people using drugs and displaying antisocial behaviour in Central Park, the surrounding areas, as well as some of the landmark ‘nice’ places in Peterborough.

With that in mind, we would like to ask readers for their thoughts on the park, anecdotes on its use and what can be done - if anything needs to be done at all.

Remember - the aim is to make it safer while being realistic. Does that mean opening it up more, or having more volunteers? Something to attract more people in, or something physical such as cctv? More activities and events? A different layout or lighting? More bins and refuse points? Street art? Or perhaps something else?

We have consulted with PCC and the police on the matter and their findings will be discussed at a later date, but if you would like to send us any testimonials for your time at the park, and what you believe the park needs, please email info@peterboroughmatters.co.uk.