‘Positive warfare’ to help improve town

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 May 2012 | UPDATED: 13:14 10 May 2012

Weston COG Ideas Jam at Loves Cafe, Weston-super-Mare, 2 May 2012. Picture by Keith Ramsey.

Weston COG Ideas Jam at Loves Cafe, Weston-super-Mare, 2 May 2012. Picture by Keith Ramsey.

© Keith Ramsey

SMARTPHONE apps, more independent shops and using community spaces for gardens are just some of the ideas for improving Weston put forward by a new community group.

Weston Centre Of Gravity (COG) was set up last month and bid for £80,000 of funding to improve the town from the Mary Portas fund, a pot put together by the Government to hand to areas to spend on improvements.

The group held its first ideas session, attended by children, teachers, pensioners and town centre residents in equal measure, at Loves Café in West Street last week.

COG is aiming to harvest ideas before putting them into action itself or taking them to town or district councillors.

Amy Fealey, a teacher at Milton Park Primary School and a resident of Kent Avenue, West Wick, said she wanted to see an app for smartphones to link residents and businesses together.

Such an app could flash up notifications for special deals when passing an independent store using GPS technology, similar to a project currently being trialled in London – Living Plan IT’s Urban OS (Operating System).

Other suggestions included talking to youth groups to ask what they want to see in the town and putting extra train carriages on services.

Sam Maher, one of the leaders of the project, said: “This is about positive warfare. We elect councillors, we pay their money, but we have got to get them to do things for Weston.

“If everyone pitches in, slowly but surely the cogs will turn, because they have to.”

To get involved, go to https://www.facebook.com/WestonSuperMareCommunityCog


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