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You Can Make a Difference

 

There is no need to be fatalistic. Just one person can make a difference.

Here’s just one example. A local resident realized that the recycling bins outside the tube station were both an eyesore and a health hazard. Once doorstep recycling was introduced for estates as well as street properties, the main use for the bins seemed to be for rubbish from local businesses. That cluttered the pavement and dragged down the appearance of the centre.

Requests for removal were at first rejected but persistence over several months, going up the chain of command, finally paid off. One day, with no fanfare, they had gone.

What Can You Do?


Join the Better Archway Forum
Click here to contact us. There are close to 1,000 members and there is strength in numbers.  We send up-date emails about what’s going on around the area.


Help with a Project You Care About
As a voluntary organisation, the Forum’s activities are the ones that people want to devote their spare time to. They have covered food growing, greening, decluttering, saving our community facilities, objecting to inappropriate licensing applications, helping shape policy and more.


If there is something you would like to see happening and have an idea how to make it happen, get in touch.


Write a Letter
One MP reported that just 600 letters  to Parliament raises an issue to the level of national concern. Just 60 will do the same thing on local issues.

Councillors
Although the council officers carry out the work and even come up with plans for everything from planning to refuse collection, ultimately the elected councillors are responsible for what happens. It’s not always an easy job and it’s always best to find win-win solutions. The fact that they only keep their jobs if people like what they do is a powerful incentive for them to keep listening.

You can contact them by email:

Junction Ward
Janet.Burgess@islington.gov.uk
Kaya.ComerSchwartz@islington.gov.uk

Sheila.Chapman@islington.gov.uk

Hillrise
David.Poyser@islington.gov.uk
Marian.Spall@islington.gov.uk
Michelline.Ngongo@islington.gov.uk


The Local Papers
Writing a letter to the local paper is a great way to raise issues for public debate.


Contact the London Borough of Islington
There is a high turnover of officers in many council departments, so even with the best of intentions they sometimes don’t know the policy as well as those with a local interest.  

At the same time as contacting councillors, it is worth writing to the head of the relevant department - planning, regeneration, and conservation are key - to explain the position as an email to the generic address won’t reach them. You will need to ring 020 7527 2000 for details of individual names.


MP
Jeremy Corbyn
's team deal with matters relating to the constituency though officially you write to him -  jeremy.corbyn.mp@parliament.uk or you can tweet to him
@jeremycorbyn.

 

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