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Community action days for Great Yarmouth estate

A Great Yarmouth housing estate is to get some extra sparkle thanks to two community action days.

A previous Morgan Sindall community day. Credit: Darren Carter

Construction firm Morgan Sindall is organising two days of volunteering around the Middlegate area of the town, alongside its work for Great Yarmouth Borough Council to install new play equipment and create a new communal garden.

Staff and suppliers will be planting flower bulbs, installing bird boxes, and setting up nature habitats around Middlegate, Clarendon Close, and Dorset Close, as well as carrying out general cleaning and repainting.

The firm is also inviting the public to join in for the two days on 30 and 31 August, with morning and afternoon sessions on both dates. Equipment and supplies are being provided by Morgan Sindall, who will also offer free lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

The work is intended to complement a £858,000 project to improve outdoor play and social spaces in the area. Changes include:

  • Removing a fenced concrete games area off King Street, sometimes called a 'multi-use games area' or 'MUGA', which residents have said is a source of noise and anti-social behaviour, replacing it with a new shared garden space with grass and trees
  • Improved security with new gates and doors plus new lighting
  • Upgrading the two existing play areas at Clarendon Close and the existing play area at Dorset Close, with new play equipment made with natural materials, and new seating and lighting
  • ·A new Tolhouse Street activity trail with outdoor gym and other play equipment on the grass areas on the east side of Tolhouse Street, between Nottingham Way and Sackville Close

Construction work began in March and is expected to complete this autumn.

Chair of the housing and neighbourhood committee Emma Flaxman-Taylor, said: "It is great to be working alongside Morgan Sindall on another project to help improve the play and social areas on the Middlegate Estate.

"I also appreciate the amount of time and resources going into these community days that Morgan Sindall have organised, to bring in all communities to enjoy this neighbourhood."

Morgan Sindall business development manager Warren Salmons said: "We are delighted that our local supply chain family is supporting us in the community days, and to be working with councillors, officers and the wider community to build on the excellent engagement with this project. This all underpins our commitment to the communities we live and work in and to support the vision of Great Yarmouth Borough Council as a valued partner."

Anyone wishing to take part in the community days should register online by 5pm on 24 August or by dropping into the council's area office on King Street. Children aged 12 years or over can take part, but they must be accompanied by a volunteer adult throughout and with no more than two children per adult. Everyone will be required to wear appropriate protective equipment.

Last modified on 06 September 2023

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