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We are Cally

The council is excited to be working with local people and organisations to create new opportunities, to improve local facilities and shape a brighter future for the Cally.

We want to build on the great work that is already going on in the Cally and to make an even bigger difference to the lives of local people.

We are looking forward to working with you to shape our ideas and to make sure we are focussing on the things you would most like to see.

Our ambitions for Cally

We would like to:

• create more opportunities for children, young people and families so that young people in Cally get the best possible start

• boost the local economy by supporting local businesses and helping local people into training and work

• strengthen community connections and a shared sense of belonging

• improve the local parks, community centre and library

• improve health and wellbeing and tackle air quality.

What is planned?

  • A new look Bingfield Park: we have been working with Islington Play Association, Awesome and the Copenhagen Youth Project, to make the park its surroundings work better for local people, alongside major improvements to Barnard Park. We are now consulting with residents on our initial proposals until 26 April 2021.
  • Improved West library and employment hub: to make the building more accessible and create a new space dedicated to help young people into work. We have completed our consultation on the employment hub and and plans are currently going through the planning process.
  • The council’s newly established youth employability and skills team will be providing targeted support to vulnerable young people at risk of long term unemployment
  • More people friendly streets and better air quality – we'll make it easier to get around by walking and cycling and reduce pollution
  • A Caledonian Road Trader’s Association will be set up to support local businesses
  • More affordable workspaces for small businesses to provide local jobs for local people.

The council will be investing over £1.25 million in to deliver this work and has secured a £350,000 grant from the Greater London Authority in addition. Some of this money will be put towards small grants for local community organisations.

Get involved – join in a ‘We are Cally’ conversation

We want to develop our ‘We are Cally’ plan with as many organisations and local people as possible. From August 2020, the council will bring the community together through a series of ‘We are Cally conversations’ to agree local priorities and decide how we can tackle them. Please share your knowledge, experience and ideas so that we focus funds on the things you would most liked to see.

You can find out more about the Cally on the Islington Life website.

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