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Editor's comment: Community spirit can help us achieve

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 November 2017

Cake decorating. Picture: PARTICIPATORY CITY

Cake decorating. Picture: PARTICIPATORY CITY

Participatory City

The launch of the borough's first ever Festival of Every One allowed residents - young and old - to celebrate the borough.

The council’s partnership with Participatory City aims to instil a sense of pride in the community and raise aspirations for residents.

It was an opportunity to show off the often not seen parts of the borough and the multitude of events and activities available to all.

I first heard about this groundbreaking project more than a year ago when I met with cllr Saima Ashraf. She talked passionately about the scheme and the potential of the borough and its people. And this is something we don’t do enough.

Whatever your opinion of the borough it is in a unique position and its potential is huge.

Nestled on the capital’s doorstep, with strong road and rail links - not forgetting the river - it’s an attractive place for investment.

Property prices are among the lowest in London and with a business-minded and community-driven council it has every chance of succeeding if we are all able to recognise and help the borough achieve its potential. Small community projects and groups play an important part.

As Alison Gowman, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust committee said “this is a fantastic way to bring residents together and build community spirit”.

We all have a part to play in making the borough a success but it starts with having the willpower and passion to make a difference.

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