King’s Lynn wasteland transformed

West Norfolk Mind Saunders Yard King's Lynn new car parak and planters ANL-140730-154319001
West Norfolk Mind Saunders Yard King's Lynn new car parak and planters ANL-140730-154319001
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It was an expanse of wasteland in Lynn unused and unloved by anyone and regarded as an eyesore.

But its transformation into a car park has not only helped some of the more vulnerable people in the community but also shown what can be achieved when charities, councils and business works together.

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The issue stemmed from the problems in parking close to the West Norfolk Mind day centre in Saunders Yard.

Some clients admitted feeling so anxious about finding a parking space that they sometimes did not attend.

Mind’s landlord, West Norfolk Council, offered the use of additional wasteland to create a car park and improve the appearance of the area.

Zena Penty, Mind’s volunteer co-ordinator said: “This land, however, was completely overgrown and contained a number of trees, piles of rubble and discarded granite blocks.

“With no budget we looked to the local community for help and first on board was Matthew Nield, area operations manager from Frimstone Ltd who very generously donated the aggregate to surface the site.

“Help swiftly followed and West Norfolk Council and Seetec trainees cleared the area and Peter Guymer and CITB trainees levelled and surfaced the site throughout the three month winter period.

“My vision was to landscape the area and when I noticed that Bespak were looking for a volunteer community project I contacted buyer Miranda Rix, who gathered together a project team who created the final design. The council kindly donated the plants and our own service users have been weeding and watering which is a challenge in the current hot weather.”

Keyvan Djamarani, managing director from Bespak said “This was a good example of how partnerships working together can deliver outstanding outcomes. The team are extremely proud of what they have achieved and that they were able to make a difference both for West Norfolk Mind and within the local community.”

Eddie West-Burnham CEO for West Norfolk Mind said: “With the help of the local community it is amazing what can be achieved. We had zero budget for this project and now have a 15-space private car park fronted by colourful planters and a granite block walled flower bed for all to enjoy.

“Last week the project was entered into King’s Lynn in Bloom and judged against other local projects. It has reduced the parking problem dramatically and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved.”