Clean Air, Healthy Streets

During 2019 we kickstarted some conversations about cleaner air & healthy streets in St Denys. So much has happened, including five Clean Air Cafes (see more detail below), particulate matter sensors installed across St Denys, play streets and a river festival, the launch of a new gardening group Front Garden Plus and lots of other creative community action. Read our blog for more updates.

Our Learning Partner helped us evaluate the project and you can read about our impact here.

So far we’ve been supporting your ideas in 2020 by taking a group of St Denys residents on a study tour of the Waltham Forest Mini Holland scheme in order to experience a true low-traffic neighbourhood.


Our final event for 2019 was a pre-Christmas Open Streets on Priory Road (North), 5-7pm on Sat 7 Dec. For more information take a look over here and photos of our fab summer Open Streets events are available here. Please do come along to support it – drop us a line if you can help in any way: hello@socollective.org.uk


Previous Clean Air Cafés

We had our final and celebratory St Denys Clean Air Café of 2019 on Saturday 30th November. We created a timeline of all the activities that have been happening, and had a think about the future, sharing learning & celebrating what we’ve achieved :-). Read more here.

Our 4th Clean Air Café was held on Saturday 26th October, 3-5pm. We heard about resident-led projects, talked about a future vision for St Denys and also Southampton City Council‘s ideas for creating a more liveable neighbourhood in St Denys & Portswood.

At our Clean Air Ideas – Drop In we had lots of great informal and in-depth conversations with residents about clean air bursaries and the potential for change in St Denys.

The third clean air café was a week day session to give different residents the chance to share their ideas. We looked at putting some bursary ideas into action and discussed plans for summer street parties!

The second Clean Air Café focused on generating ideas for cleaner air and liveable neighbourhoods, with around 50 residents taking part. We also learnt about the data from the 6 University of Southampton sensors which were installed around the neighbourhood.

The first Clean Air Café was held on 16th March and was a great success! Around 50 people joined us to talk about their concerns with local air pollution, but also the elements that make St Denys a strong community.

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