Children from Damers First School Pupil Council shared their ideas about Poundbury last night, when a community meeting was held in the school hall.
They told the meeting that they loved the Great Field, play area and cafe, and liked being able to walk or scoot to school and the park. The abundance of nature and green space was also popular with the children, reflecting the high priority the school gives to learning about the environment we all rely on.
Speakers told the meeting that favourite activities in Poundbury included the park, cafe, visiting grandparents, walking their dogs, attending various clubs and societies, visiting the toy shop and buying sweets!
A sand pit, somewhere separate for dogs, a soft play area, a separate mini-park for very young children and a rough cycle track were just some of the ideas they came up with for further improvements.
Lead Committee Member for the Big Poundbury Conversation, Simon Standish commented: ‘Everyone was impressed with the children’s presentational skills as well as the thought they had put into what works well and what could be improved here. Poundbury is part of Dorchester and our community includes everyone who uses Poundbury facilities, works or studies here, not just residents. Many of the children at Damers come from wider Dorchester so it has been fantastic to hear all their views as part of The Big Poundbury Conversation.’
The children’s views will be included in a report published in the Autumn.