Service providers address local residents
The Love Where You Live campaign came to Derby Road on Saturday May 21, to hold a community engagement event for residents and service providers.
With waste disposal, rubbish and fly tipping being at the forefront of local concerns, this event was an opportunity for Southampton City Council to work with residents to tackle all three issues.
A one-hour litter picking contest kicked off the event and one lucky winner received a prize from Southampton Mayor Councilor Jacqui Rayment. The Waste Disposal and Development Team was on hand with a waste collection vehicle to raise awareness about waste disposal and recycling.
Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event drew a steady stream of local families, learning about services available to them, enjoying food and drink, dancing and activities for children. The Love Where You Live campaign has been designed to maximize engagement and break down barriers between Southampton City Council, service providers and residents.
Saturday’s successful event was a shining example of how the campaign builds community spirit and cohesion. Dr. Abdoulie Sanneh, Community Cohesion and Diversity Manager, said: “The first most important thing for me is litter. This community has struggled with this for a very long time. Few people feel proud of this area and therefore do not take care of it. It is crucial for us. So with an event like today, we are not only restoring pride to the area, but also giving the community a sense that they can work closely with the council and our waste management teams, and bring something special in Newtown. We want people to love where they live. If they can’t love it as residents, no one else can!”
Cabinet Member for Communities, Councilor Toqeer Kataria said: “As a Cabinet Member for Communities and Ward Councilor for Bevois Valley, I am proud and happy to see residents coming together to get the most out of the area they live in. It is important that residents take pride of their area, as well as realizing that we all need to take responsibility and accountability for maintaining happy, healthy, and clean neighborhoods that we can all be proud of.”