Volunteers in Cirencester inundated with support to help transform run down area in Watermoor

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cllrs Jenny Hincks and Shane Poole by the area due for landscaping in Watermoor Road Cllrs Jenny Hincks and Shane Poole by the area due for landscaping in Watermoor Road

MEMBERS of the Watermoor community in Cirencester have united together to support a project that is set to breathe new life into one of the area’s most lacklustre locations.

The paved area outside the cluster of fast food restaurants on Watermoor Road is to be completely revamped after local residents complained that it had become an eyesore.

Cllr Jenny Hincks, who is behind the project, said she has been inundated with offers of support after a story announcing the refurbishment ran in an edition of the Standard last month.

“I’m actually really surprised by the number of people that have come forward to help us. I just hope that as many turn up on the day,” she said.

As well as support from local residents, the project has been handed a cash injection of £500 from the Cirencester Community Church.

The Kwik Fit garage, located in Chesterton Lane, has also promised to help out by lending its mechanics to the cause for the day.

Cllr Hincks said: “People in Watermoor have really banded together to do something for the community as a whole. When people work together for the greater good, it really is a wonderful thing.”

The renovation will see residents lay new paving stones and install a number of decorative plant tubs to a new outdoor garden.

“We’d really like to be able to dedicate the garden to Herbert Stark. A lot of people don’t know much about him but he gave so much money to good causes in Watermoor. He did a great amount for the community,” Cllr Hincks said.

It is hoped that work on regenerating the area will start on Friday, March 28.

Anyone who would like to volunteer on the day must contact Cllr Jenny Hincks on 01285 654984.

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11:00am Mon 10 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Good luck....but i do wonder, as for weeks now the barriers have been strewn across the floor, and not one person was prepared to pick them up.

I hope the fast food restaurants are also contributing towards the cost of this revamp, as basically it is them which makes this corner such nightmare with parked cars. Perhaps it is time that they invested in their community too.
Good luck....but i do wonder, as for weeks now the barriers have been strewn across the floor, and not one person was prepared to pick them up. I hope the fast food restaurants are also contributing towards the cost of this revamp, as basically it is them which makes this corner such nightmare with parked cars. Perhaps it is time that they invested in their community too. Geoff66
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9:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

This is the old watermoor sands area and it would be nice ifca bit of history was maintained in the new name
This is the old watermoor sands area and it would be nice ifca bit of history was maintained in the new name Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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11:37am Tue 11 Mar 14

Robert Jeanes says...

Kwik Fit helping? Really?

Not surely, the same Ciren Kwik Fit who, having accepted a small car for an MOT (cash already in their bank) but then reneged......On Elf n' Safety as the grubby interior (yes, the interior) was not 'conducive to the Mechanic's welfare'. Having toured Ciren for a couple of hours it was nevertheless a waste of a day.

So it's on with the Marigolds then chaps........
Kwik Fit helping? Really? Not surely, the same Ciren Kwik Fit who, having accepted a small car for an MOT (cash already in their bank) but then reneged......On Elf n' Safety as the grubby interior (yes, the interior) was not 'conducive to the Mechanic's welfare'. Having toured Ciren for a couple of hours it was nevertheless a waste of a day. So it's on with the Marigolds then chaps........ Robert Jeanes
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1:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Congratulations to whoever has picked up the barriers and made this corner look a little more presentable....this is a good start.

The Watermoor community and local people need to come together to "own" this project, and to also take responsibility to continue to maintain and watch over this area. If this stance isn't adopted by the local community and local people, then this will simply be a one-off project, which will not be respected by local people, yet alone the local community, and we will back to square one.

Successful community projects are after all about "community ownership" and "community responsibility"

Good luck
Congratulations to whoever has picked up the barriers and made this corner look a little more presentable....this is a good start. The Watermoor community and local people need to come together to "own" this project, and to also take responsibility to continue to maintain and watch over this area. If this stance isn't adopted by the local community and local people, then this will simply be a one-off project, which will not be respected by local people, yet alone the local community, and we will back to square one. Successful community projects are after all about "community ownership" and "community responsibility" Good luck Geoff66
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