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Celebrating new cycle track at Knutton Community Centre

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Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Health, Local Government

Celebrating the new cycle track at Knutton Community Centre Celebrating the new cycle track at Knutton Community Centre

A cycle track at a Staffordshire community centre has a new lease of life, thanks to the involvement of Sanctuary Group and its construction partner Seddon.

Sanctuary Group and Seddon joined forces with Staffordshire County Council to carry out some improvement works at Knutton Community Centre while they were in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area building nine new homes in nearby Cotswold Avenue. These improvements included a re-design and re-vamp of the cycle track as well as landscaping work outside the centre and a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the stage inside.

To celebrate the completion of this work, local residents were invited along to a Community Easter Fun Day and cycle track launch at the community centre on Monday 14 April to take a look at the improvements and try out the new bike track for themselves. Councillor Eddie Boden, the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, also went along to the official opening to see the completed project.

Those attending the event enjoyed a host of Easter-themed activities, including a traditional Easter egg hunt and egg painting, as well as an opportunity to ride on the new cycle track, which has been completely re-designed and repainted to provide a safe location for younger children to ride their bikes.

Cycling instructors from Staffordshire County Council were on hand throughout the launch event giving tips on learning to ride a bike, offering Level 1 Bikeability training and free bike servicing.

Sanctuary’s project manager, Yvonne Tucker, said: “Sanctuary always tries to do more for the communities we work in, and we are delighted to have teamed up with Seddon and Staffordshire County Council to progress the cycle track project at Knutton Community Centre.

“It was fantastic to see so many children and their families using the track and the community centre facilities at the recent fun day and we would like to thank everyone involved in the improvement work and the launch event. We hope both the track and the centre will be widely used by the local community for many years to come.”

She confirmed that two bikes had also been donated by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund to the Occupational Health Centre in Knutton Lane.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport, Simon Tagg, said: “It is a county council priority to ensure people have every opportunity to lead healthy lifestyles and to broaden travel options. Cycling is a great way to get fit and to enjoy Staffordshire. This project shows how organisations can work together to create a community asset which can be used by all.”

Maggie Heap, community projects manager from Seddon said: “Seddon were delighted to be involved with the cycle track project as we always strive to give back to the communities in which we are working. The team from H & G Ash Road Markings did a wonderful job re-painting the track and the new landscaping works really brighten up the centre. It was great to see so many people at the fun day and we hope that the local community are pleased with project.”

Thanks were also passed on to a group of young people working under the supervision of the local Youth Offending Team at Werrington who helped with the planting at the community centre.

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