Sustrans, a national charity, has embarked on an exciting community oriented project in Southend on Sea called ‘Pocket Places for People’. I am Krithika Ramesh, Sustrans’s Project co-ordinator in Southend-on Sea.

Pocket Places for People, Southend on Sea is funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery. It is supported by Southend on Sea Borough Council.

Why the name ‘Pocket Places for People’?

The project aims to explore unused or poorly used pockets of spaces along Queensway and London road and transform them into more welcoming, people friendly and vibrant community spaces.

People are at the heart of the project. These pocket places are for all of you and the decision of what should be done  in these spaces will be made by you all collaboratively!

What to expect of the project?

Over the next two years we will connect through discussions on the projects’s blog/twitter/facebook pages and many exciting free events and workshops. Together we will identify unused/ poorly used public spaces along Queensway and London road and then come up with ideas to transform them. What more, we will use these ideas to then create temporary and semi-permanent interventions and see for ourselves how our ideas come to life!

Who should get involved?

Anyone and everyone in Southend on Sea!

Why should you get involved?

Its a great opportunity to have your voice heard, be a part of an exciting transformation process, get to know other people in the area, get your innovative/creative hats on or just get out and about with friends and family.

How can you get involved?

Join the conversations on this blog or on our twitter or facebook pages , drop me an email, give me call or just turn up at one of our many events,  information about which will be regularly posted on this blog. If you would like to get invitations by post or email just let me know.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.

Contact Details

Krithika Ramesh

Project Co-ordinator,

Pocket Places for People

Southend on Sea

email: krithika.ramesh@sustrans.org.uk

mobile: 07920456376

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m kinda curious that Sustrans is the main partner in these projects, yet there is nothing about Pocket Places on their website. What’s that all about? This is such a fab idea, I don’t know why they’re not crowing about it.

    I’m following you, Reading and Peckham, as I volunteer in Derby and am keen to see how they take PPP forward. What you three have already started is very inspiring! Keep it up!

    • Hi there. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Sustrans prides over volunteers like you and definitely over all its projects. Pocket Places is still quite a new project and is steadily picking momentum and direction. The pocket places projects are driven by the local community which is why each of them has its own unique character, sometimes difficult to generalize in few words. We will post something about the project on the Sustrans website very soon. Till then please continue to keep in touch on this blog. Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

    • Hi,

      Really good to hear from another cyclist in Southend.

      The aim of the Pocket Places project is to create spaces along streets that are sociable and where people are priority! This will create an environment that is more enjoyable for pedestrians and cyclists and feels welcoming. In our engagement sessions people raised the fact that the area feels very motor dominated and many building have their backs turned on it. There is a strong desire to improve sense of community and the design emerged from everyone’s suggestions.

      The project sits within the wider Queensway-London Road scheme that is working towards improving connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians around town centre. This includes improvements to junctions and payments, decluttering and useful street furniture (more cycle parking, benches etc).

      If you would like to discuss in further detail, we would be happy to catch up in person. We would love for you to get more involved in the project. Thanks.

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