Picture Bexley winners go on display at Hall Place and Gardens

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:10 12 March 2018

Faith by the Devasya Foundation. Picture: Dilip Hirani

Faith by the Devasya Foundation. Picture: Dilip Hirani

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Three images of local scenes have been picked as winners of the Picture Bexley competition, and will now be part of a display at Hall Place Visitor Centre, Bourne Road, along with some of the shortlisted entries.

Danson walkers by Alison Goodall. Picture: Alison Goodall Danson walkers by Alison Goodall. Picture: Alison Goodall

The competition, launched at the end of last year, asked residents and community groups to capture an idea of what community meant to them.

The three winners were Danson Nordic Walkers by Alison Goodall, Faith by the Devasya Foundation and Erith Chirstmas Tree Festival by Paul Speller.

Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, leisure and environment, said: “We had a really wide range of fantastic entries from groups and individuals across the borough.

“It was very interesting to see how people picture their community.”

Erith Christmas Tree festival by Paul Speller. Picture: Paul Speller Erith Christmas Tree festival by Paul Speller. Picture: Paul Speller

The pictures will also be featured in the council’s Stronger Community Strategy later this year, which will set out how organisations across Bexley can work together for the good of local people, now and in the future.

Cllr Don Massey, deputy council leader and member for finance and corporate services, said: “This strategy plays a key role in how we work with our residents and community partners.

“Its development will involve speaking to people who live, work and visit the borough as well as our partners, and having some real images included within its pages will help to bring it to life.”

Organisations involved in developing the strategy will include local businesses, voluntary sector groups and partners in health and education.

Residents and partners will be called on throughout the drafting process for their thoughts on the strategy, which will be in place for four years and inform the council’s approach to actively supporting the development of stronger communities.

As part of the ‘Picture Bexley’ competition, members of Bexley’s stronger communities team visited areas across the borough to talk to community groups and residents about the competition and what community means to them.

The competition prizes were an annual pass for Hall Place & Gardens, Bexleyheath Cineworld Vouchers and High Street vouchers.

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