Before you ask, no we haven’t been paid off by the council (or councillors), nor have we thrown in the towel.
I suppose the foremost question in people’s minds is why SouthallPride has been inactive for quite some time. Many of you have emailed us with words of support and expressed your desire to see SouthallPride continue with it’s campaign to improve the quality of life for Southall residents.
The fact of the matter is that we have been rather more active at the grassroots level of late, and updating the website has played second fiddle. Coupled with that is the fact that we are a very small team and have to juggle campaign work with the day to day pressures that life throws at us – after all we are not paid council staff or politicians, although sometimes we wish we had their clout and access to resources to get things done! The good news is that we have started working with other individuals and groups in Southall to become more effective in promoting our campaign. It’s certainly feels good to be working with other residents and groups whose goals are similar, and means we are able to support each other and persevere until results are achieved.
As we said, there is much good work being done at the ground level, and we hope to report on some of this in the near future. We would like to say in passing that did you know that each ward has regular ‘Focus Group’ meetings where residents can make their voice heard? Also do not hesitate to let your Safer Neighbourhoods Police team know of any antisocial or illegal activity around your area.
Shake off the lethargy and take the bull by the horns! Would you be happy to live in an area that looked like this?