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Colindale residents enjoy sun and games at Grahame Park fun day

Over 500 Colindale residents gathered on the Heybourne Park open space on Saturday (8 July) to soak up the sunshine and enjoy fun for all the family at this summer's Grahame Park Festival.

This year’s event, held at the major regeneration scheme in Colindale, took the theme ‘Looking back, flying forward’, in celebration of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) upcoming centenary.  The RAF Museum worked closely with the event organisers to set up a range of fun activities including an assault course and the chance to pose for photos alongside a jet engine.

Other highlights at the event, which was funded and managed by Genesis Housing Association supported by Nutmeg Community, included a dance stage, facepainting, fairground rides and stalls run by local businesses.   Former Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter, attended the event and made a speech alongside Jeremy Stibbe, Genesis' Executive Director of Assets and Investment.

The event featured an information tent where festival-goers could find out more about the work of local groups including the residents association and Colindale Communities Trust, and chat to representatives from the police, fire brigade and Barnet Council.   This year’s event also gave residents the chance to have an early look at plans for the next phase of regeneration and feed in their comments and ideas.

The consultation process, which gives residents the opportunity to comment on the proposals for the next phase of development has been extended to 28th July. Anyone wishing to take a look and have their say can do so by visiting the Barnet Council website, visit Barnet House or Colindale library, or alternatively Genesis holds a full set of planning application documents at our office at The Concourse, if residents want to review them before making a consultation response.

Grahame Park is one of Barnet’s largest regeneration schemes, and will offer over 3,000 new homes when all phases of the project are completed.  The regeneration project is led by Genesis in partnership with Barnet Council and Countryside Properties PLC.

Jeremy Stibbe said: “The Grahame Park Festival is a fantastic way for residents to get together to have some fun and find out more about what’s going on in their community.  This year’s theme celebrated the long-term transformation of the area and its bright future.  We’re grateful to everyone who played their part in making the day such a success.”

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