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Free international feast served to Middlegate residents

Great Yarmouth Library will be transformed into an international food-fest for people living on the Middlegate Estate when they are invited to take part in a survey about their neighbourhood.

Middlegate Festival


The Feast of Nations event, on Saturday July 14, will serve food from more than ten countries. Residents are invited to share their thoughts and aspirations about their neighbourhood as part of a potential regeneration to help improve the area and the homes and lives of the people who live here.

Cuisine from Portugal, Lithuania, Poland and Latvia will be amongst the dishes on offer at the event.  All residents of Middlegate are welcome to sample the delights dished-up by Books & Beans cafĂ©, courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Cllr Andy Grant, chairman of the Housing and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: "It is essential that people living in Middlegate are at the centre of all the ideas and deliberations surrounding the regeneration of their community.  This is the fourth of six public engagement opportunities to gather the thoughts and feelings of residents.  We've had fantastic participation so far - all of which is informing the initial concepts to be considered with the community at co-design workshops later this year."

Ark Consultancy, Purcell Architects and Wiseman & Associates have been commissioned by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to undertake the consultation.  To date, youth have been consulted at the "My Middlegate" BBQ and families at the "Pizza for your thoughts" evening.  Older residents were invited to share their views during afternoon tea at the Library last week, businesses have been visited, and opinions gathered during door-to-door visits by Comeunity staff. 

The project aims to build on the strengths of Middlegate and its community with residents raising issues such as ways to improve housing, strengthen public resources and how to invest in and support community groups.

Cllr Grant explained, "We've had great feedback on what matters to residents with community resources such as the Library valued highly.  We would encourage everyone in Middlegate who is interested in the consultation to come along, have their say and join in the feast of nations."

"Middlegate's key strength is its residents who have demonstrated their commitment to their community through participation in these events," said Cllr Grant.

The Feast of Nations will be held in the Library from 12 to 3pm on Saturday 14th July. Children will be able to decorate biscuits as well as sample international food. Updates on the consultation and its progress will be posted regularly on the Comeunity Facebook page. 

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Last modified on 08 October 2020

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