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Residents’ Steering Group update

Hello! We are the new RSG members Nadia, Louise and Jonathan, living in Olive Blythe House, Watts House and Wornington Road respectively.

We have been members of the RSG for 6 months and it’s been great to get involved, helping the community and working with Catalyst. The RSG is here to work with all residents in our community, so if you have any ideas or suggestions for us, please get in touch at

In August, three RSG members were involved in procuring the architects for Phase 3 of the regeneration. This involved watching a presentation from the candidates, and scoring them based on how they will involve residents and consider our community.

Catalyst will make a recommendation to their Board at the end of September as to which architect scores highest in the competition overall. An announcement will be made shortly after this.

We’ve also worked with Catalyst to appoint the new Independent Tenants’ Advisor. Since 2012 this role has been filled by NewmanFrancis, and from 1 October 2017 it will be Public Voice.

We’ve learnt how important it is for residents to be involved in making these procurement decisions. All partners need to consider the needs and aspirations of the community, and so having that established as a key part of the work, by including residents in interviews, is essential.

The RSG was thrilled to support Portobello’s Park Party at the end of July. It was a really fun day, enjoyed by lots of our neighbours. Many thanks to Catalyst for arranging such a nice day.

The RSG will continue to work on behalf of all our neighbours, supporting you through the regeneration project and ensuring residents’ wishes, needs and concerns are at the front of all decisions.

So far it’s been a very rewarding experience being part of the RSG, knowing we’re part of keeping this community strong and vibrant.

Finally, we would like to thank the team at NewmanFrancis for the work that they have done over the last five years.