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Carl Beckett - Townships community champ.
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Carl Beckett, westfield big local development worker

The Westfield Big Local project has welcomed development worker Carl Beckett to its team.

Carl has been appointed by the scheme’s interim steering group to consult with local people about their ideas for how the £1 million Big Local grant will be spent on improving the area.

The 44-year-old, who lives in Halfway, said: “I’m really positive.

“It’s brilliant for the area. Local people have to get involved in this to help make the decision.

“Most of the time when a big sum of money is given to an area, it’s already been earmarked for something in particular.

“But for this money, there are no guidelines - it is up to residents to make the decision.”

Carl is already a familiar face in the area as he works for Studio 54, providing all sorts of activities from arts and crafts to martial arts to local kids. He will be working on the Big Local project for 16 hours a week up until the money is passed on in the summer.

It is hoped the grant will make a lasting positive difference to the Westfield estate and bring together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.

Ian Owers, Big Local rep for the Westfield estate, said: “Over the next few months the priorities will be to involve more people and build a fuller picture of the most important issues and opportunities for Westfield.

“Local residents will be working in partnership with Sheffield University’s Town and Regional Planning students to put on a whole series of events and opportunities for everyone to take part in.” The next open day event will be held in April.