People are at the heart of the Mottingham Big Local Refocussed plan. It is with and through local residents that the community will flourish and the real success of this funding opportunity will last. The ambition we have for people is bringing the community together We believe that funding a range of trips and Social Activities such as picnics, Health & Well Being activities, Walking Group, dog walking groups, jungle gyms, green gyms, outdoor exercise equipment, Intergenerational activities.
Volunteering and Time banks activities we will create a greater sense of community and belonging for existing and future generations as well reduce a sense of isolation that some sectors of the community may feel.
There is a mixed economy in Mottingham, and on the outskirts, where there is greater affluence. The Economy priority works on 2 levels:
- maximising local peoples’ income earning power by Developing skills, opportunities and aspirations of the people within Mottingham, enabling them to access opportunities that are sometimes omitted from traditional ‘employability’ training and supporting start ups and local businesses.
- Secondly, bringing external money into the area, this may be through match funding or events that draw people in such as business fairs to recruit local people
Consultation showed that residents feel that there are limited opportunities within Mottingham and would like to see more done with the space available that brings people together. This includes:
- developing Hub Spaces for people to meet, hold events, have film clubs, line dancing, history clubs, Christmas parties, father’s groups and cultural celebrations. Litter was raised as an issue several times. There is the issue of general litter but also large pieces of unsightly furniture etc. in people’s gardens
- Residents would like to see the parks used more, in particular young people identified the bike/skate park at Foxes Fields as needing repair. Other issues raised included lack of lighting and the need for the old style park keepers.
- Whilst the funding cannot be used to replace public services there are a number of space and social engineering options that could be used to create better use of open spaces.