“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”

Isn’t that a quote from Back to the Future? Yes, it is the last line of that time-travelling 1980s movie epic, but it also describes what our approach to 21st century travel could look like: instead of handing over most of our public realm to motorised traffic, we could allocate that space to parks, outdoorContinue reading ““Where we’re going, we don’t need roads””

Build Back Better

Now that the lockdown is beginning to ease, instead of noticing the tropically blue skies and birdsong, we are watching the cars take over our streets again. And as the 1st of June rolls around, those of us living near primary schools are wondering whether the pavement parking and idling vehicles will appear again withContinue reading “Build Back Better”

The quiet streets of London

Where in the UK can you wander round streets re-designed for walking and cycling? The ‘Mini Holland‘ scheme in Waltham Forest, London E17, is one such place – you can wander down the middle of long roads with barely any traffic; listen to the birds singing and children playing in playgrounds far away from busyContinue reading “The quiet streets of London”

A space for community not commuters

It’s November 2019 and the neighbourhood of St Denys feels like it’s on the cusp of transformative change. We’re coming to the end of a great year for the Breathing Spaces project, with lots of engagement on clean air issues and resident-led projects kickstarting local action. Southampton City Council also recently launched its Connecting StContinue reading “A space for community not commuters”

Putting ideas into action

BREATHING SPACES BURSARIES – UPDATE (November 2019) In June, we asked local people: Do you have an idea for a small project which responds to air pollution and helps promote healthier streets in St Denys? Would you like some funding to try this out? Breathing Spaces could fund 6-10 bursary ideas at £400 each, withContinue reading “Putting ideas into action”

St Denys Open Streets

On 20th July we helped organise 2 separate street parties in St Denys – a mini one outside the Community Centre and a larger one taking up much of Priory Road, North of St Denys Road. They were both fantastic events with lots of members of the community coming out to create chalk drawings onContinue reading “St Denys Open Streets”

Cash for clean air

Do you have an idea for a small project which responds to air pollution and helps promote healthier streets in St Denys? Would you like some funding to try this out? We have several pots of up to £400 to hand out to Southampton residents or groups that have got an idea that they wouldContinue reading “Cash for clean air”

Brainwaves and bright ideas

At the recent Clean Air Cafés, residents have come up with well over 100 different ideas for tackling local air pollution and creating liveable neighbourhoods. Perhaps demonstrating that tea & cake do provide food for thought 🙂 As there were so many ideas, we’ve grouped them into loose themes, such as ‘Making the community visible’,Continue reading “Brainwaves and bright ideas”

Conversations about cleaner air

So far we’ve run two Clean Air Cafés in St Denys, inviting residents to share their concerns on local air quality, sharing data from local sensors and generating ideas for change. At each event 45-50 people participated in the discussions and it’s been fantastic to host conversations around clean air and healthy streets with localContinue reading “Conversations about cleaner air”