Living Streets Charles Maher Award 2013
We are thrilled to announce this year's winners of the Living Streets Charles Maher Award.
Archie Robertson, Chair of Trustees, had the pleasure of presenting Caroline Russell, the conference chair, and Alastair Hanton as joint winners of the award which recognises those who work to create better conditions for people on their streets.
Alastair has been campaigning for better streets for over 50 years. He was one of a number of people who originally campaigned for the removal of a gyratory at Trafalgar Square which has made a huge improvement to central London. A former Living Streets Trustee, Alastair is a very active member of the London Action Group, Southwark Living Streets Group and represents Living Streets on a number of wider stakeholder groups, such as the Action on Lorry Danger Group. Alastair’s has the rare ability to work in collaboration with others to make change happen; whether it be a politician, council officer or local community group making him a hugely successful and admired campaigner.
Caroline is an active member of the London Action Group helping shape our campaign work in London. She is chair of the Islington Group and also energetically chairs our regular London campaigners meeting, even recently running a twittorial for our local groups. With the Islington Living Streets Group, Caroline successfully campaigned for Islington to become the first 20mph borough in London. She has significantly increased awareness of pedestrian issues across the borough, partly through her strong pedestrian voice with 2500 followers on twitter (@highburyonfoot). Caroline also represents Living Streets on the TFL Better Junction Review. This is an extremely time consuming role which has involved reviewing over 50 junctions in London to ensure they are safer places for people on foot.
We received 15 excellent nominations and the judging panel have also highly commended Streets Ahead and Adamene Banks with the Travel Blackpool team.
Streets Ahead have transformed Isabel Street in Lambeth to a shared space scheme inspired by Van Gogh who used to live in the area. The product of years of local campaigning and partnership work between residents, the council, local schools and housing associations, Van Gogh Walk was launched on 30th March 2013. It is now a public space with planting, seating, and space for informal play which encourages 'playing out', gets neighbours chatting and enjoying their area.
The Travel Blackpool Team under the leadership of Adamene Banks has embraced the Living Streets ethos of creating safe attractive and enjoyable streets. The support for the LSTF project has seen all of the Blackpool schools involved in International Walk to School Month and NWM. The team have also supported Walk to Work Week with publicity ideas and marketing and an active involvement to spur on council colleagues and residents.Adamene leads the team and the event on Blacpool promenade was a brilliant example of council participation and would not have taken place had it not been for her passion and tenacity. Not to mention her amazing fingernails!
Congratulations to all, nominations for the 2014 Charles Maher Award will open early next year.