Leathermarket JMB has been awarded £22,000 from Southwark Council’s Joint Security Initiative for a project to improve security and quality of life for residents living in the JMB’s largest tower blocks.
The JMB has been working with the London College of Communication on a series of pieces of work that are designed to bring residents together and tackle some of the safety concerns of people living in Symington House, Simla House, Burwash House and Peveril House.
John Paul Maytum, Chair of Leathermarket JMB, said:
“More than 300 of the JMB’s homes are in our four largest tower blocks and we are aware that tower-block living has its particular issues.
“We have worked closely with the London College of Communications to look at ways to improve the quality of life in our four biggest blocks.
“Earlier this year, LCC students carried out research with both residents and the Tenants and Residents Associations to detail the concerns of people living in these blocks.
“The students have used this research to design a programme of activities that should go some way to bringing people in these blocks together to improve their sense of security and quality of life. We are also investigating the possibility of physical improvements to the blocks and estates to help bring the community closer together.
“We are enormously grateful to Southwark Council, and particularly our local councillors, for their continued support for the JMB’s work. This £22,000 of Joint Security Initiative funding will allow the JMB and LCC to put the first phase of our plans into action over the coming months and make a real difference for our residents.”