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Association L&Q, which operates across London and the South
East, is launching a community regeneration scheme at locations
across London in partnership with Groundwork London.
through its Ujima Foundation, is contributing £80,000 towards the
project, which will enable residents in three areas to identify
community spaces in need of regeneration. The residents will then
work with both L&Q and Groundwork London to develop
environmentally-friendly ideas for the site, and implement the
nominated sites are located in Brent, Sutton, and Newham. At all
three, local residents are undertaking a consultation process to
decide on priorities and ideas for the sites.
Bayliss, Community Initiatives Manager at L&Q, said: “This
project is already proving to be an excellent opportunity for
residents of all ages to join together and input their ideas and
opinions. This will help the residents to have a sense of ownership
and pride in the project and the final plans that are
produced. It is
something that will really make a difference in the
the project, the residents who are participating will be given the
opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them to live
in healthy, eco-friendly and resource efficient ways.”
Wheeler, Area Manager at Groundwork London, said: “We believe that
the consultation process is empowering for residents, enabling them
to decide how they would like the disused spaces to be utilised so
that they are more satisfied with the places where they live. This
result of this process will not only inform the open space
improvements to the local environment, but promote community
cohesion and healthier living. “
the Wandle Valley Estate in Sutton, residents
participated in a consultation about how open space on the estate
could be improved in the future. Ideas tabled include creating a
combined facility for children and young people and outdoor gym
nominated scheme is the Unity Close Estate in Willesden, where
early feedback suggests that residents would like to create a space
suitable for both younger and older children to use for play, and
where the rest of the community can meet and spend time
group of mainly elderly residents of Manor Park, Mortlock Court,
are hoping to install low maintenance green spaces, with areas for
planting and gardening. Proposals include creating colourful
planting beds with trees, improving gardening spaces on the estate,
making footpaths and entrances safer and relocating the communal