St Georges is on the eastern edge of Telford, heading out towards Sherrifhales and Cannock. The area is steeped in local working class industrial heritage and once had a thriving shopping community. A group of residents have formed a group with the aims of identifying what residents and visitors love about St Georges, and, what they would like to do in order to make it a better and safer place to live and visit. This became the St Georges Community Group, one of 115 such projects selected for The Community Development Foundations First Steps Programme in June 2015. St Georges has already had a boost recently with saving the Gower building from developers and and with over £600,000 from Telford & Wrekin Council.
Louise Bremner, part of the group said ‘First Steps has been a great programme of support, training and encouragement with constructive and positive feedback’
The community action plan is packed with historical information relating to how the area became what it is today, but more importantly, has captured the aspirations and desires from the residents through a programme of engagement. There will be no surprise that the residents want things like safer roads and better local services, but specific wishes like allotment space and an outside gym also feature on the wish list, which the group are feeding in to projects like Pride in Your High Street, Parish Council meetings and other public bodies.