RESIDENTS' VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF WYKE

Wyke residents are being given the chance to create an ideal vision of their village for the future.

They will be asked to voice their concerns and identify strengths and opportunities within the village by contributing towards an action plan.

The plan – part of Bradford Council's Urban Village initiative – will set out residents' priorities for action to enhance their quality of life and develop a stronger sense of community.

Villagers can use a range of means to support their ideas, including photographs, poems, paintings, video, plans and music.

Disposable cameras will be supplied to school children and elderly residents.

The ideas will be showcased at an exhibition, run in partnership with Wyke Manor School, New Horizons, CARE (Community Association for Regeneration of Estates) Youth Service and Bradford Vision, called Wyke Futures.

It will be held between October 13 and 15.

Coun Max Cummins (Labour, Wyke), who is spearheading the scheme, said: "We want to know what people like about Wyke, what concerns them the most, what can be done to improve the village and how we can all help to make these improvements."

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A number of consultation events will be held to discuss the action plan, culminating with the Wyke Futures exhibition.

Coun Cummins said: "The aim of the consultation is to better direct council money in Wyke, to support the work of other groups working in the village and to spend at least 50,000 on new projects.

"We worked hard to bring this money into the village and I believe, if the people of Wyke get behind this project, we can together make a real difference."

And Coun Cummins urged as many people as possible to take part in the initiative.

He said: "It is important for people give us their ideas. If you would like to have your ideas exhibited then please send off for a registration pack."

To apply for a for a registration pack contact: Paula Helliwell, Bradford Vision, Floor 3A, Bradford Design Exchange, 34 Peckover Street, BD1 5BD or call on (01274) 435480.

The village was chosen in May as one of seven outer urban neighbourhoods in Bradford to be included in the Urban Village initiative.

The Wyke Futures exhibition will be held in the main school hall on Wilson Road and students from the school will be on hand to ask all visitors about their ideas for a better Wyke.