Battersea's Big Local Day

How residents would like to use £1 million Big Lottery Foundation Funding

Battersea residents are gearing up for a community event that will showcase ideas about how to spend £1m to make their area an even better place to live.

Dozens of people living in an area dubbed Clapham Junction/West Battersea have come together in recent weeks to discuss how to put the Big Lottery Foundation funding to use.

They are forming a Big Local partnership in order to agree on priorities such as creating new community facilities, tackling anti-social behaviour, providing more activities for young people or starting up training and employment schemes.

Over the next few months they will be developing a Big Local Plan for investing the money. The seven figure sum is designed to be spent over the next 10 years and can be used as grants, loans and to buy things and services.

On June 14, the York Gardens Community Centre and other venues nearby - Providence House, the outdoor space around the York Gardens Library, and Pennistone Square - will play host to a creative visioning event for all members of the community.

In addition to revealing residents' aspirations for the area, there will be performances by children from local schools and free food and fun activities for all ages to give the event, which runs from 3pm to 8pm, a community fun day feel. It is billed as "a great chance to meet your neighbours".

To see a video invitation calling on people living in the area to get involved click here.

The area selected to benefit from the Lottery funding is bounded by the railway to the south, Culvert Road to the east, and York Road to the west and northwest.

The northern boundary follows Yelverton Road, Battersea High Street, includes Trott Street, runs down Orbel Street, following Shuttleworth Road and then Bullen Street before rejoining Battersea Park Road and linking back up with Culvert Road in the east.

If you are a resident, or work in the area, and would like to be involved or find out more, contact the local group by emailing or calling the Big Local Rep, Helen Garforth 0118 9582233. Alternatively, visit

Anyone wanting to get involved helping out on the June 14 community day can also volunteer their services through the above channels.

To see a map of the Big Local area, visit the Local Trust website ( and look for your area page under the Big Local section.

June 6, 2012