Last June I received a note through my door from my neighbour Dr Joanna Macrae asking if I would be interested in meeting up to discuss how we could improve our community and our environment. We live on the busy A5200 Leighton Road that does not encourage socialising. So whilst I was on nodding terms with my next door neighbours that was as far as it went. There was no sense of community. ‘Typical London’ I can almost hear you say. Yet within six months we have a thriving group with over 50 members, we have come together to create our own car free festival, we have planted trees and created two skip gardens at the bottom of our road. This is our story.
Extract from Camden Council on the Kentish Town Healthy Streets Project
In doing this we want to further develop the collaborative approach that has emerged from the community ‘Think and Do space’ …. We want to build on the success of some of the street-specific changes we have made in the area in recent years. These include the Acland Burghley Healthy School Street scheme, which has reduced traffic in that part of Kentish Town during the hours of operation; the Islip Street Play Street, which opens up the road for children to play in; and last year’s Leighton Road Car-Free Day which saw the community come together with traffic removed.