A community conversation in Prestwich
14.03.23 5 min read
Your Prestwich is an ambitious £100m+ project that will transform the Longfield Centre in Prestwich into the new heart of this already strong community.
As such it is vitally important that we develop the masterplan in collaboration with the people of Prestwich; those who will shop, live and work in the new place, and benefit from the work we do for years to come.
Our plans to create a place for all in Prestwich Village include delivering: a community hub, a village square, spaces for independent businesses, a people-first place, a sense of arrival, homes for all, outdoor and green spaces.
We were interested in getting as diverse a range of opinions as possible, from all kinds of groups and people, so we worked closely with Bury Council to ascertain the best ways to reach out and gain feedback.
There were lots of ways people could join the conversation and have their say in a way that was accessible to them:
We held an exhibition at the local library where the project team were on hand to discuss the project
We hosted an online Q&A where participants could learn more about the plans and ask the project team questions
We held a series of community workshops, listed at www.yourprestwich.com
We hosted an online questionnaire at www.yourprestwich.com
A freepost questionnaire and newsletter delivered to all Prestwich addresses
We set up a project specific inbox and phone number for email and telephone enquiries
We provided the option to write to ‘Freepost HAVE YOUR SAY’ (no further address or stamp needed)
The consultation and community conversations were widely engaged with:
300 attended our public exhibition
120 joined the online Q&A
40 attendants at community drop in sessions
Over 500 feedback forms received
1000 social media followers
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