Park is just the start for Marie

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MARIE Osborne’s New Year’s resolution is to continue the work supporting Wolverton that won her a Citizen Pride award for her volunteer work.

Having established the Friends of Wolverton Park group in 2007 Marie, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, have helped gain £100,000 worth of grant money to redevelop the park, installing new play equipment for children of all ages to enjoy.

“I only moved to Wolverton as a temporary fix in 1997, and I ended up staying,” said Marie. “But I have really taken the place to heart. I have been a town councillor here, and volunteer for so many different things.

“I really want to see Wolverton improve and succeed. Working on the park is just one of my projects. It all began when I starting taking my son there.

“I spoke with other parents who felt it didn’t provide as much as it could for young children, so we went about trying get some equipment.

“We have held activity days, and helped clean the area up a bit to make it feel like a nicer place to go.”

She collected the Pride award for Best Volunteer in December, sponsored by the Volunteer Centre, and was humbled by the nomination.

She said: “In some ways, I feel bad about accepting the award because there are 10 others who deserve it just as much as I do.”

As well as her work with the park, she is trying to get the council back on track with a plan they set out five years ago, when she was still a town councillor.

Among her achievements, she lists plans to redevelop the town centre and train station.

“I want to bring Wolverton back in line with their ten year plan which was set up in 2000,” she said.

“We need to think about the future of the town and where we want it to be in a few years time.

“We have fought to get a train station back in Wolverton and that is on the way, but there aren’t many places like this left in Milton Keynes, so I think it is so important to make sure that we are prepared for everything that the future has in store for us.

“People love living here, as do I, and we all want to see Wolverton improve.”