The first-ever Green Neighbourhoods in Brent will be shaped hand-in-hand with the community; the first stops are Church End, Roundwood, and Kingsbury.
Brent Council has agreed to a localised approach to tackling the climate emergency and will be investing resources into neighbourhoods that will make a visible difference to communities and help reach net-zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030.
Work starts immediately on the first areas of Church End and Roundwood and Kingsbury until the end of 2023. In addition, there will be two development-led pilots in South Kilburn and St. Raphael’s Estate that are longer-term projects and focused on the Council’s new development plan, aiming to complete by the end of 2025.
Green Neighbourhoods are an exciting and novel way that brings communities together around the climate agenda, reduces carbon emissions and waste and make local areas a healthier place to live.
The key features of Green Neighbourhoods are:
· Walking and cycling
· Food growing spaces
· Healthy ecosystems and habitats to better support nature and wildlife
· Green and energy-efficient homes that are cheaper to keep warm in winter
· Less waste and increased recycling
· Green jobs and a thriving local economy
Councillor Krupa Sheth, cabinet member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action, said:
“Green Neighbourhoods are an exciting opportunity for the community to shape their area for the better! This is a chance to create blossoming green spaces, make homes warmer and cheaper to run, develop a greater sense of community spirit and improve health and wellbeing.”
“We want to have even stronger links with local communities, maximise cultural traditions that protect the environment and work together in tackling the climate and ecological emergency.”
The first stage involves engaging with communities in Church End, Roundwood, and Kingsbury.
This model will be rolled out to further areas across Brent in future, and lessons learned along the way will be applied in each new location.
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