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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS: Communal Patio A Welcome Space

Knapwater patio June 2014

11:35am 15th July 2014

Residents at Knapwater, Lower Bockhampton, are getting out and enjoying the sunshine, thanks to funding from Magna Housing Association.

They applied for funding from Magna’s community initiative fund (CIF) to install a new communal patio area and bench for everyone to enjoy.

Ken Bodycombe, community investment officer, said: “Residents wanted to transform a patch of unused grass into an area that they could all make use of. The CIF forum approved the funding and provided them with an area where they could sit and enjoy the sun.”

The fund allocates £120,000 a year to things that will improve areas where residents live.

Ken said:  “Anyone can ask for money from the fund if they think it will help Magna residents.  A residents’ forum review the applications for funding and agree which projects to support.  It doesn’t matter who put the project forward, what matters is it makes a difference to the places in which people live.”

Doris Easter and Joyce Allison, residents at Knapwater, have been busy planting flowers in pots to decorate the new patio space.

Doris said: “We live in a very quiet and peaceful area and it’s lovely to be able to sit out here and enjoy it.”

Joyce said: “The patio is here for all the residents to use.”

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