Community cafe discussed ideas for the future of Sutton Bridge
Improving the Bridge Hotel, sorting drugs issues and activities for young people were all raised as ideas for Sutton Bridge in a community brainstorm event.
People from across the community came together for a ‘Building Better Bridges’ World Cafe coffee morning at the Curlew Centre on Saturday.
The event was part of a programme run by Lincolnshire Police and Mutual Gain to engage the public and unearth ideas to change things for the better.
Inspector Nick Waters said: “There is an appetite among those who live in Sutton Bridge to make their village a better place to live.
“The world café event brought people together from all backgrounds, all walks of life and all ages in one room.
“This was an opportunity for those with good ideas and a sense of community, but who perhaps haven’t had the chance before, to offer their thoughts.
“Mutual Gain has got a great track record of running these events and we hope and believe it will have a positive impact on the community.”
Ideas raised included the need for litter picks, tackling speeding and improving mental health - as well as the fact the village can feel isolated and forgotten as its on the Norfolk border.
Ann Goslyn, anti-social behaviour officer for the South Holland policing team, presented the event and said: “It’s great to see all these community groups sharing ideas and views and talking about what it is like living in Sutton Bridge.
“Today was a brilliant, worthwhile event where all the thoughts, views and ideas will be analysed.
“Further events will be held to develop some of the ideas moving forward.”
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: “I am really pleased to be able to support people who live in around Sutton Bridge with a project designed to help bring communities together to prevent and tackle issues that all too often can blight our lives.
“It can be easy for people who live on the outskirts of a county as large as Lincolnshire to sometimes feel forgotten by those who are making decisions on where funding should be spent.
“I have always taken the view that every part of Lincolnshire this is important as the next I will continue to do so.”
Cate Moore, service delivery manager of Restorative Solutions, Lincolnshire, added: “The Lincolnshire Restorative Justice team want to be part of this initiative.
“It was great to meet so many members of the Sutton Bridge community.”