A community reassurance project at a Moorlands park has this week turned to supporting pooches and their owners. The Cheadle Town Council funded initiative at Tean Road Recreation Ground in Cheadle has seen lots of community engagements take place at the site by youth worker Nicky Derrett and volunteer Annie Devereux who have been delivering the programme.
A community reassurance project at a Moorlands park has this week turned to supporting pooches and their owners.
The Cheadle Town Council funded initiative at Tean Road Recreation Ground in Cheadle has seen lots of community engagements take place at the site by youth worker Nicky Derrett and volunteer Annie Devereux who have been delivering the programme.
In his weekly update for the Times & Echo, Town Clerk Dave Mullington said: “The Community Reassurance Programme has this week concentrated on promoting good dog ownership at the Tean Road Recreation Ground.
“Nicky and Annie held a socialisation obedience class, with behavioural advice for many local dog owners who use the park, and provided biodegradable bags and dog treats to encourage keeping the park clean.
“The bags and treats were provided by Craig, Practice Partner of Vets4Pets, and Nicky and Annie were very grateful for this donation and support.
“Craig told us that Vets4Pets value good dog ownership and believe in supporting the community enabling owners to interact with their dogs in a positive way.
“Those attending asked a number of related questions over a nice warm cuppa (made by Annie) and all went away having taken something from the session.
“A big round of Appaws for Nicky and Annie.”
Mr Mullington added: “In other news, Nicky and Annie spent some time listening to the views of families attending the Pinders Circus, and were delighted to hear such positive feedback in terms of entertainment.
“Despite the best efforts of the poor weather, the park has remained busy and the weekend saw a flurry of activity in a welcome ray of sunshine.”
Meanwhile, Cheadle Town Council discussed and then decided to continue the temporary funding of the Community Reassurance Programme, at their meeting on Monday (October 4) evening.
Chair of Leisure and Operations Committee, councillor Kate Martin, who had put forward the initial motion of the project at the rec, said: “I really don’t want to lose (Nicky). I want to keep her on so we keep continuity. She’s been doing things with all parts of the community.”
Councillor Sue Walley, who is also Cheadle Town Mayor, said: “I agree, we can’t afford to lose her.
“The impact she’s had is fantastic, young people have really responded to her. However long the funding takes to come through, we have to find a way to keep her in place.”
Councillor Dave Sargeant said he agreed but also said that the council needed to make sure the money came from the relevant area of the budget, asking that discussions take place in regards to this with the council’s view of extending it long-term.
Councillors decided via a majority vote to initially extend the Community Reassurance Programme for another month until these discussions had taken place.
A proposal to extend it until the end of the financial year in April was rejected by the majority of councillors amid suggestions that the initial month’s extension would allow for planning within the council’s finances.
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