Paul Nanji, Principal Officer of CDC’s Community & Leisure Department, recently sent PVA the link for the refreshed Chiltern Open Space and Recreation Strategy 2015-2018. You can read how Prestwood fares at http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/openspace.
The Strategy states “Prestwood village has a significant shortfall in youth facility provision, equipped play areas and sports playing fields. Currently the youth club operates from a prefabricated building [The Prestwood Youth & Community Centre on Prestwood Common] that is coming to the end of its usable life; there is a youth shelter and kick-about wall, but very limited facilities catering for this age group.”
Appendix 4 of the document is particularly robust, highlighting “limited provision, but insufficent to meet local needs for Youth Facilities, Equipped Play areas, Village Halls/Community Centres, Playing fields and pavillions.” Only the allotment provision is deemed good.
Paul thanks everyone for their support in helping inform the strategy which was heavily dependent on the high quality and diverse range of information provided by local community organisations. He hopes the document will help support our village in any future applications submitted for funding by demonstrating shortfalls in recreational facilities and open space provision within the Prestwood area. He will be updating the strategy on an annual basis, but please do not hesitate to contact him should you require any further information on 01494 732110 Mob: 07711040759.
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