Councillor Jean O’Donnell on the re-development of Charlton's pond.

Charlton's Pond's falling somewhere between a park and a civic amenity. Until parks and gardens wake up and realise this, we’ll still have this small anomaly. The youngsters got interested in the fishing here and before you knew it, their dads were coming along, their fathers. It’s is like top seed, it’s growing and it’s absolutely marvellous. It’s the community engagement as much as anything. Once that’s caught up things seem to flow from there, the interest grows, offshoots, just from grabbing their interest initially, and that will be like a nucleus to start it off. Where you get a community working together even if it’s just starting from such basic recreational interests, they can go on from there.

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