Mayor fields comments on how to improve key site

Mayor Ray Berry and Ian Haynes during their visit to the school
Mayor Ray Berry and Ian Haynes during their visit to the school

Young schoolchildren have been having a say on how an area of land in Linslade can be improved.

The Year 4 pupils from Southcott Lower wrote to mayor Ray Berry suggesting how they would improve Alwin’s Field.

As a result, Councillor Berry and Ian Haynes, head of grounds and environmental services at Leighton-Linslade Town Council, visited Southcott to talk to the children who had looked at Alwin’s Field as part of their geography work on improving the local environment.

They chose this area because of its close proximity to the school and to where they live, so they were able to go and visit the field themselves.

Councillor Berry said he was very impressed by the letters he received and was keen to pass them on to Mr Haynes to see what improvements could be made.

Mr Haynes said that some things could be done within the next few months such as: repair the hole in the fence around the play area; put some flower beds in; move the smelly rubbish bins from the park; and add some football goals and some more benches.

Mr Haynes also said he would look at the possibility of adding a footpath around the field at a later stage.

The mayor explained to the pupils how council finances came from adults, including the children’s parents, and added: “We might possibly be able to improve the path at the end of the financial year, if finances were to allow, but the job will definitely be added to the council’s ‘to-do’ list.”

The children said they were amazed when Mr Haynes told them he would be able to do most of the requested improvements.

“We’re so excited because when they have made the improvements there will be a lot more to see at Alwin’s Field,” said one pupil, Evan.

“I feel a bit astonished because he is actually doing something because of my letter,” added Aimee.

Headteacher Sarah Laundy, said: “We are thrilled that our children’s thoughts and ideas have been considered. We are very grateful that some of them can be acted on to make Alwin’s Field an even better place for the community.”

The children will visit Alwin’s Field again in the next few months to see the improvements that have been made because of the work they have done.

The mayor added: “I was delighted to meet all the children of Year 4 at Southcott Lower today, and Ian Haynes and I were very impressed at the standard of both their questions and their responses. The three letters that I received were beautifully written and well crafted, so it was a pleasure to be able to provide favourable responses to most of the children’s requests.”