Community campaign to smarten Southgate

Residents invited to come up with ideas for improving Southgate and help businesses recover in wake of pandemic

Pictured from left outside Southgate Station; Hannah Newton, station area manager, and Dionne John
Pictured outside Southgate Station are community organisers Hannah Newton (left) and Dionne John (right) with TfL’s station area manager

A new campaign to make Southgate “cleaner, safer and greener” is launching this weekend.

Residents are being encouraged to sign up and take part in a series of initiatives taking place throughout the year, which have yet to be decided but could include ideas such as litter picking and planting days.

The Cleaner, Safer, Greener Southgate campaign has been conceived by local councillors and community organisers, as a way to boost the local area and support residents and businesses to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Zoey Cooper, from Enfield Climate Action Forum (EnCaf) said: “The aim of Cleaner, Safer, Greener Southgate is two-fold. We want to celebrate the work being done by residents and local businesses. But we also want to encourage and support people to get to know their area and respect their surroundings in a more sustainable way.”

The campaign starts this weekend with a newly-created pop-up hub at The Southgate Club on Saturday morning, where local people will be able to share their ideas and priorities for Southgate and discuss any concerns in an informal way.

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An official launch event is then being held on Sunday at Enfield Council’s ‘A Month of Sundays‘ family-friendly festival, where there will also be live music, performances and street food. A series of community-inspired Cleaner, Safer, Greener Southgate events will then be held throughout the year.

Charith Gunawardena, a Southgate ward councillor for the Green Party, said: “Both the pop-up and stalls will create fantastic opportunities for the community to come together to bring both environmental awareness and long term eco-friendly solutions to Southgate.”

The campaign will be overseen by Southgate Community Taskforce, a group of volunteers fully supported by all three of Southgate’s local councillors. Hannah Newton, from the taskforce, said: “We are a partnership made up of residents, businesses and community groups. And we are looking for more volunteers, including people who may wish to lead on some of the initiatives.”

Dionne John, another one of the organisers, said: “We are very excited about the campaign.”

For more information about the campaign and to get involved:
[email protected]
Instagram @CleanerSaferGreenerSouthgate

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