- A few interviewees also discussed the importance of involving and engaging people in the proposal from the beginning, including those who live in other areas of the city.
“And there’s something you’ve just said there, that word consultation. Let’s ask all the necessary parties… just what they need… You’ve got to take everything into consideration and there’s always a compromise, it’s a compromise, but let’s try get it right first time and get on and do it if the funds are available and if the will to do it is there.” (Councillor)
- They mentioned that it would be useful to get insight from younger people at the start of the process and give them a say in what they’d like to see at a new hub.
- A few councillors pointed out that residents don’t currently have enough information to get a complete view. For example, it needs to be made clear that facilities are “moving” and “not closing”.
“I think that just needs to get out there that there’s going to be no disruption at all because one will just move seamlessly into the other because that’s the way it’s designed.” (Councillor)
- They also said that it needs to be clearly explained that the hub can’t be built on the other two sites and why.
- Residents also have concerns about losing the open green space, the informal mudder space for football, and parking. They need clear communication and reassurance about these issues.