Southwark's steps to give voice to community

Thu 25 April 2019, 2:06 pm

Almost 100 young people packed out a new community centre in the Old Kent Road last week, as part of a programme of launch events for a new venue.

The 231 Old Kent Road centre, which officially opened earlier this month, has been created by Southwark Council and is designed for residents, businesses and community groups to share ideas about the future regeneration programme in the neighbourhood. 

A programme of events, workshops and interactive sessions were held this month under the banner of the Museum of Us, which celebrated the area’s history and residents. 

One of the events was a free occasion called Regenerate Youth that featured spoken word performances, careers advice, as well as music and food. As part of the Museum of Us events there were walking tours of the Old Kent Road, and unique activities such as leather working, smartphone portrait photography and Jesmonite tea coaster making.

Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning, said: “I was delighted to be at the official opening of our new community space and be able to reiterate the council’s commitment to ensuring the local community remain at the heart of plans for the Old Kent Road.

“Growing up in the area, I know the importance of a space which brings together local people to have their say in the exciting changes taking place in the area over the next 20 years.”

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