Attended my final Elm Park Community Meeting earlier today. It's amazing to think how quickly five years have gone by. It was good to see Rev Colin Philips as host from the Elm Park Baptist Church as well as Sergeant Ken McNish from the Elm Park Safer Neighbourhood Police Team and Ingrid Brandon from the Elm Park Regeneration Partnership. All of them do so much good work for the local area. What has been great to see over the last few years is the community coming together with the focal points around the annual Elm Park Fiesta and 'Illuminating Elm Park' event at Christmas.
Elm Park celebrates its 75th anniversary in May and I have little doubt that this will provide a good opportunity for celebration as well as reflection. With investment in CCTV, the new library and some new shops establishing in the centre, Elm Park has certainly seen improvement in the last few years. Whilst there are issues that do still need addressing, with the strength of spirit and community engagement I have little doubt that Elm Park is on the right track for the future.