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Residents and council to join forces for playground makeover in display of ‘Cooperative Council in action’

Leader of Lambeth Council Steve Reed will be lending a hand as local residents give a run-down children’s playground a major makeover on Saturday 30 October.

Local residents will be joined by Cllr Reed as they roll up their sleeves to plant shrubs and flowers, paint drab concrete, fix broken paving and install new benches at the

playground in Lanercost Close, Tulse Hill.

The day of action has been initiated by the community, with Lambeth Council lending a hand by providing shovels, paint brushes and other equipment, as well as offering

advice and expertise to ensure the day is a success.

The neighbours will also be helping each other cut back shrubs and clear rubbish from their front gardens in order to spruce up the whole street. The council will be

providing three large skips to help clear rubbish from front gardens.

The event is part of Lambeth Council’s successful Community Freshview scheme that sees residents join forces with the council to give a facelift to their local areas. More than 60 Community Freshview operations have taken places since the scheme started, brightening and improving dozens of neighbourhoods.

Lanercost Road resident and mum-of-two Asa Stace contacted the council after reading about Community Freshview in the local press. She said: “My kids use the playground but it’s a bit scruffy and I thought that with a bit of effort, and without spending too much money, it could be so much better. We held street a party in August so I still had the email addresses of many of my neighbours, and I sent some leaflet round to see whether people would be interested in helping out.

Loads of people got in touch to say they wanted to help and offering their ideas, which is just fantastic.

“There are quite a few older residents in the street for whom cutting back big bushes in their front gardens is difficult, so we will be doing that for them, and two of the mums have offered to run a crèche for the day so that parents with children can get involved. It’s lovely that everyone is pulling together. To me, that’s the most important thing, getting to know your neighbours a bit better by doing something positive together.”

Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of the Council, said: “The commitment that residents in Lanercost Road are showing is really inspiring and shows that if people are given

support, they really do want to roll up their sleeves and take ownership of their local area and help improve their community. This is exactly what we mean when we talk

about a ‘Cooperative’ approach to local services, where citizens take control and have a say in making a difference to their community. And because people have a

stake in the improvements, it makes it much more likely that the positive work will be sustained.

“With the public sector facing huge financial challenges, people are beginning to understand that the council cannot ‘do it all’ and that citizens need to increasingly

become part of the solution, and Community Freshview is a great example of that.”

Photographers are welcome to attend the makeover day, which starts at 10am. Contact James Savours on 020 7926 2559.

Lambeth Council announced it intended to become the country’s first Cooperative Council earlier in the year. It has set up a Co-operative council commission to consider how it makes the concept of a cooperative council a reality. For more information see the Lambeth website.

Dozens of areas have been improved through Community Freshview. Groups that have so far taken part include:

  • Friends of Unigate Wood
  • Josephine Avenue Group
  • Raleigh Gardens Residents’ Association
  • Viva Vauxhall Residents’ Group
  • Richbourne Terrace residents
  • Lorn Road residents
  • Station Rise and Mayley Avenue residents
  • Thorparch and Crimsworth Road residents
  • Telford Court residents
  • Tierney Road residents
  • Hannen Road residents
  • Glenfield and Fieldhouse Road residents
  • Aldebert Terrace and Albert Square residents

If you’re interested in starting a Community Freshview operation in your area, contact the council on 020 7926 0524 or email Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk. We can arrange for an experienced officer to meet you at the location to discuss the details.

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