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Your Trust teamed up with Rochdale Borough Council to host an event for residents discussing proposed redevelopment plans for Stoneyfield Park. 

The event was attended by around 100 residents, including local councillors, with attendees sharing their thoughts and constructive feedback on the plans. 

Redevelopment plans for Stoneyfield Park include the installation of a new footpath, park, and picnic benches as well as a community project to create a wildflower meadow, an orchard and planted borders to attract local wildlife. 

The event took place as part of The Rochdale Local Pilot, a wider community engagement initiative dedicated to working with residents, physical activity and cultural providers and organisations. 

Rochdale’s Local Pilot is working with the community in Milkstone and Deeplish, focusing on five key population groups: 

  • children and young people aged 5-18 in out-of-school settings. 
  • people aged 40-60 with, or at risk of, long term conditions.
  • those who are socially isolated.
  • residents whose physical and mental health has been impacted by Covid.
  • people out of work, and those currently in work but at risk of unemployment

Working with residents, the local pilot team were able to identify Stoneyfield Park as a community asset in Milkstone and Deeplish that was not being used to its full potential due to issues with drainage and lack of facilities. 

Drainage works were completed earlier this year, ready for the space to be used for recreational purposes to allow residents to take part in activities in their local community. 

Funding was received from the Local Pilot project via Sport England’s Local Delivery Pilot areas to help build healthier, more active communities across Greater Manchester. 

Sarah Shard, Local Pilot Lead for Rochdale and Adult Participation Programme Manager at Your Trust, said: “It was important to deliver this event at Stoneyfield Park as part of our wider commitment to community engagement. 

“We’re keen to collaborate with residents, welcoming their views in developing facilities at the park. 

“Despite the bad weather on the day, we were delighted to have had a good turn out and it was great to listen to residents have their say, share plans and give helpful feedback that will ultimately be reflected in the final product. 

“Their contribution is invaluable in helping us make decisions in the future planning and the development of the park.”

The Local Pilot work in Rochdale is being supported by multiple partners in the borough including Rochdale Borough Council (Environmental Management, Work and Skills, Public health, Highways), Your Trust, the VCSE organisation Action Together, Living Well and NHS Link workers.