Cafe un­veils bloom­ing great plans for new year


RES­I­DENTS dis­cov­ered more about plans to en­hance their com­mu­nity cafe dur­ing a fes­tive drop-in ses­sion.

Fam­i­lies en­joyed a day of mu­sic, craft and arts at Ord­sall Com­mu­nity Cafe, with Santa on hand to greet lit­tle ones.

The event also gave vis­i­tors the chance to find out about plans to in­stall seats out­side the Tat­ton Street venue, along with an or­chard walk­way which will lead to nearby al­lot­ments. There are plans to cre­ate a new car park at the vol­un­teer-run cafe.

Or­gan­ised by Salix Homes, which sup­ports other ac­tiv­i­ties like sewing ses­sions at the site, the event was at­tended by cafe neigh­bours, in­clud­ing Julie Khalil.

She said: “It was a lovely day with the kids’ choir singing and it was just great to see older peo­ple from the com­mu­nity mix­ing with the young here.”

The cafe has been revamped as part of LPC Liv­ing and Sal­ford coun­cil’s £100m re­gen­er­a­tion plans for Ord­sall. Scott Neal, from LPC Liv­ing, said: “We’re look­ing now to im­prove the area around here, with po­ten­tially some high qual­ity seat­ing out­side the cafe for all year round use, par­tic­u­larly for events like the com­mu­nity drop-in.”

Deb­bie But­ler, the cafe’s project man­ager, said it was cur­rently con­sult­ing about fur­ther plans for the cafe but said it had been of­fered new car park­ing spa­ces and out­door seats.

She said: “We’re work- ing all to­gether with the LPC, the al­lot­ment so­ci­ety and the com­mu­nity to fig­ure out how the plans are go­ing to be put into ac­tion.”

Santa joins Mary Rolfe from Salix Homes, Deb­bie But­ler, Ann Barker, Julie Barker and Roy Sharples at the drop-in event

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