Rejhan Meshekrani is the Chair of the Residents’ Steering Group (RSG), a group of local people who ensure that residents have a strong voice and play an active role in the regeneration project. The RSG is supported by the Independent Tenants’ Advice Service (ITA) NewmanFrancis.
I hope you all had a great summer! Time is flying by and coming back from holiday I noticed how much progress has been made on the final building in Phase 1. Yes, the regeneration is almost a third of the way through and over the next few months work will begin on Phase 2. The regeneration is already making a huge difference to the area. It doesn’t mean that everything is perfect but most residents seem very happy with their new homes.
For the members of the Group the summer was a chance for us to have a break from meetings and our work on the RSG. We are all busy in various ways, (jobs and families and so on), but volunteering on the RSG is very rewarding and well worth the time we give.
Over the next few months we hope to move the RSG forward. We have started widening the scope of the work we do and are raising issues about housing management and community safety with Catalyst as well as making sure that the regeneration project is progressing well. In time we hope to stand on our own feet and help play an important role in making sure that the new development is successful, well managed and meets the needs of local people.
Back in July we ran a stall at the Golborne Festival and were kept busy answering questions about the regeneration and telling people about the work we do. We followed this with another stall at the Venture Centre Family Day in August. We also regularly support the ITA during their regular outreach sessions. It’s important that residents are out there talking to other residents, hearing about what they think is successful as well as any issues and concerns they might have.
One of our main priorities is to keep the community together during this period of huge change. That’s why community initiatives such as the community garden, the coffee afternoons, the new orchard opposite Thompson House and activities such as Portobello Walks are really important. Not forgetting, of course, all the fantastic events and activities organised on our doorstep by the Venture Centre.
I hope you’ll be able to get along to the public meetings at the Venture Centre. They are quite informal but packed full of information and they also offer a chance to meet your neighbours and find out the latest news. I know it can be difficult for many residents to make it along to evening meetings so the ITA is always happy to pay you a visit, talk to you about what’s going on and deal with any issues you may have. Just give them a call and make an appointment.
The RSG is open to everyone living at Wornington Green and the new development. To find out more about the work of the RSG or how to get involved, call the ITA on: 020 8536 1436 / Freephone 0800 644 6040 (free from landlines) or get in touch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.