What projects would you like to see as lasting legacy of Telford's 50th anniversary?

Telford turns 50 in 2018, which is a significant milestone in the development of the town.

What projects would you like to see as lasting legacy of Telford's 50th anniversary?

Telford & Wrekin Council wants to get as many borough residents, groups and businesses as possible involved in preparing for the anniversary year.

It wants to know what type of legacy projects people want to see introduced to commemorate Telford’s 50th birthday.

The Council has put aside nearly £1M from its budget to support schemes the public wants to see.

People can complete an online survey to have their say on the type of legacy projects they think would best celebrate the Borough’s history and growth.

This could include initiatives such as arts and cultural projects, community buildings, sports, leisure and recreation facilities, heritage trails and local attractions or digital enablement (such as websites and apps).

Using the survey, people can choose the theme they believe to be the most important and express their own ideas on what should be put forward as part of the 50th celebrations.

The survey is also an opportunity for borough residents to register as volunteers for a Telford 50 event and to express their interest in organising a community event..

The survey is open until 18 September and paper versions of the survey are available at the following venues: Southwater Library, Wellington Leisure Centre, The Theatre @ Oakengates, Newport Library, Brookside Central, Arleston Community Centre, Park Lane Centre, Regent Street Mosque, Donnington Wood Lifelong Learning Centre.

The Council will then take these views and develop a list of projects to be supported by the Telford Pride @ 50 Fund.

The Council will work with groups and organisations relevant to the chosen projects to bring these to life. Expressions of interest would be sought from organisations in early 2018.

More information about the funding for Telford 50 has been issued earlier July and can be accessed here.

Council Leader Shaun Davies said: “Telford’s 50th anniversary is a very significant milestone in our Borough and our residents should decide what kind of projects or schemes we can help deliver to leave a lasting legacy.

“We want to get as many people as possible involved in telling us what they want to see.

“We would also like to encourage people to think about volunteering to support our Telford 50 events throughout the year, organising an event in their community or sponsoring an event.”

Thousands of people have already got involved in Telford’s 50th anniversary earlier this year, when the Council asked people to choose the 50th anniversary logo in an online survey that generated huge interest.

Anyone that would like to be kept informed of Telford 50 latest news and events can register here and also join a dedicated Facebook group.

The Council is also building a Telford 50 website (www.telford50.co.uk/) which will be available later in the year.

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