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BMX star Matti Hemmings launches Marks Gate regeneration project

PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 February 2015

BMX star Matti Hemings teachig Nicki Ogunjennilusi, 11 a trick on his bike.

BMX star Matti Hemings teachig Nicki Ogunjennilusi, 11 a trick on his bike.

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The sounds of Beethoven and Mozart could soon be ringing out around the streets of Marks Gate – if Phillippa Banister gets her way, that is.

Sana Khan, 11 and Mohammad Ysin, eight with the postit board about Marks GateSana Khan, 11 and Mohammad Ysin, eight with the postit board about Marks Gate

The 29-year-old, who was behind Becontree’s regeneration project DIY Porter’s Lodge, has turned her attention to the north of the borough – and she wants a piano.

It’s all part of DIY Streets in Marks Gate, launched by international BMX star Matti Hemmings on Wednesday.

Delivered by eco transport charity Sustrans, the scheme will aim to make the neighbourhood safer and more attractive over the coming two years, refocusing the streets around people, not cars.

Neighbours of all ages turned out last week to see the Welsh wizard of flatland freestyle and have their say on the issues affecting their roads.

Marks Gate street redevelopment projecft aimed at intergrating Marks Gate into Chadwell Heath while promoting sustainable transport held a launch party.Marks Gate street redevelopment projecft aimed at intergrating Marks Gate into Chadwell Heath while promoting sustainable transport held a launch party.

It’s a separate project, but DIY Streets in Marks Gate follows on from the success of Porter’s Lodge – a two-year programme to improve the safety and appearance of roads and junctions around Porters Avenue and Becontree station.

“It’s all about involving the neighbourhood,” said project coordinator Phillippa, who plans to meet the public over the coming weeks to discuss their ideas.

“We want to know what people want first, before we move in to the design stage.”

Suggestions made on Wednesday included benches outside the shopping parade, better awareness of the 20mph speed limit – and a piano for the Lane.

Matti Hemings teachig Noorhan Shehadeh, 11 a trick on his bikeMatti Hemings teachig Noorhan Shehadeh, 11 a trick on his bike

“If anyone does happen to have a piano they’re getting rid of, or would like to donate to the community, please get in touch,” she added.

“It would be lovely to have one in the community centre, to wheel out during the day.”

Visit diystreetsmarksgate.wordpress.com for more information.


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