FrontpageNewsBath NewsHeart of Bath AwardsMum on a mission to save a park: Heart of Bath Awards 2017Rachel Jarai is organising a community to preserve and restore the Broadmoor Lane Park16:35, 23 AUG 2017Updated09:51, 24 AUG 2017Rachel and her family have lived in Weston for almost nine years and during that time she has become a pillar of her local community.The play area, in Weston, Bath, was taken down after the obligation on a housing developer to maintain it ended and the council said it could not afford to take over.Rachel has been chosen to receive the Heart of Bath Community Award in recognition of her ongoing campaign to see it reinstated.She is also being rewarded for her work that has galvanised the community to take on the maintenance of the green space and the orchard next to the play area.Residents fight to save Broadmoor Lane children’s playground from closure”Our main aim as a group is to get a new play area installed as soon as possible,” said Rachel, who is the secretary of the Broadmoor Lane Residents’ Association.”It’s absolutely vital as our community meeting space. It is the focus of so many of our community activities and for the kids who grow up here that play area is probably their most important place outside of school where they can meet up with friends.”Rachel Jarai has won this year’s Heart of Bath Community Award in recognition of her on going campaign to see the Broadmoor Lane Park in Weston reinstated.It is this community spirit and “maintaining community involvement” that has seen Rachel stand out as a community inspiration in recent years.She has brought people together and given neighbours the encouragement they needed to take on the space and make it their own.”People in this area really appreciate that, and we are a close community,” said Rachel.”The events that we put on are a way for neighbours to get to know each other and build those links.”One of Rachel’s, and the residents’ associations, biggest achievements has been to have the land protected as a Local Green Space.”That designation came through officially this year. This designation was applied for after we had surveyed over 200 local people.
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