After a year of disruption and damage to our lives that we couldnâ€™t have imagined, work is well underway at City Hall to get our city back on its feet and to minimise the ongoing impact of this terrible pandemic on our communities.
I want to make your life in London the best it can be, and I want London to come back better and stronger. But to make this really work, Londoners need to have their voices heard.
Here are two ways in which you can help shape Londonâ€™s future, right now.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD TO LOOK LIKE?
When it comes to what your neighbourhood needs, you are the expert.
We want your ideas and feedback on how we can:
- Create better public spaces and develop exciting uses for underused high street buildings.
- Make sure all Londoners have access to a community hub which offers ways to connect with people from your community.
- Make neighbourhoods better for people and the environment: reducing our impact on the planet, and improving air quality for healthier, happier and greener communities.
Every opinion matters.
WHAT COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PROJECTS WOULD YOU SUPPORT?
The pandemic has highlighted that Londoners need quality outdoor spaces in more neighbourhoods and clever ideas to help our neighbourhoods recover. To make that a reality, we need to find, listen to and support our community innovators.
Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m providing almost Â£500,000 to creative community-led projects across London. These projects will help improve public spaces, promote grass-roots culture and bring people together safely. But they need your support to become a reality.
Can you pledge your time, expertise or make a small contribution to help bring these projects to life?
The fundraising deadline is 11 May. Here are just some of the projects you could support:
Repurposing space on a high street that needs it Help transform a long-empty Poplar post office into a space local people, especially young people, can use, on a high street where most shops are closed or vacant.
Helping refugees in Clerkenwell Migrateful Cookery School is a social enterprise that helps refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to share their traditional cuisines with the public. Help it finally get a permanent home.
Community gardening in Hackney
A community garden started by local residents during lockdown is looking for support to help it grow from strength to strength.
A hub for locals in Southwark
Help give a community a much-needed garden and community hub, to promote volunteering, workshops and even growing food grown for the local food bank.
Please get involved, share your ideas and be a part of reshaping our city.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45