A £300,000 community project in Cliftonville has been officially unveiled today.
The Dalby Square Project was first started by a group of residents in 2002, who wanted to regenerate the main part of their neighbourhood. After securing funding from the New Opportunities Fund, Living Spaces, Thanet Council, Sure Start and the Council’s Cliftonville West Renewal Area programme, the project developed plans for the main square, with help from Thanet Council, the Thanet Community Development Trust and Thanet Local Strategic Partnership.
Since January, the Council’s Regeneration team has been transforming the central area of the square from a mainly concrete area, interspersed with trees and large shrubs, to a tree lined avenue, with gravel pathways, seating areas, a range of colourful flowerbeds and a children’s play area aimed at under sevens.
Cllr. John Kirby, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Development Services, said: “This project has been a superb effort driven by local residents and one that the Council has been delighted to be involved with. This type of community project is a priority for the Council’s Cliftonville West Renewal Area team. They’re there to listen to what local people want and to try to help turn those ambitions into reality through help and advice and, where they can, by financial support. The difference in Dalby Square as a result of this scheme is striking and it’s an excellent example of a range of different organisations working in partnership together. This whole area is now somewhere that the entire community can use and enjoy and not only that, it’s made the square a far more attractive place to live.”