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Re-opening the railway underpass Roman Road Trust had an existing relationship with Friends of Meath Gardens. Friends of Meath Gardens are a group of local residents who volunteer to maintain Meath Gardens through planting, watering, and pruning events. The community group is led by Tunde Morakinyo (local resident and forrester) and Joanna Mileskwa (local resident and architect.) The group is already active on Facebook and Twitter which it uses to recruits volunteers and raise awareness of their regular planting/ watering days. Friends of Meath Gardens also regularly enlists the help of ‘Good Gym’ to assist with planting/watering. Friends of Meath Gardens attended our engagement activities in December 2017, January 2018, and March 2018. At these meetings Roman Road Trust became aware of the group’s ambition to open up the railway underpass underneath the railway that separates Meath Gardens and Queen Mary University campus. The aim is for the underpass between Meath Gardens and QMUL to be opened, allowing students and staff from the university to directly access Roman Road West from their campus. Currently, students are required to walk along the canal or through Bancroft Road to access Roman Road. The opening of the underpass would allow easier access between the university campus and the high street.

In May 2018, an event was held in Meath Gardens to commemorate the death of legendary indigenous Australian Cricketer Bripumyarrimin (also known as King Cole) who was laid to rest 150 years ago in Meath Gardens which used to be known as Victoria Park Cemetery. At the event, a new information board was revealed to provide visitors to Meath Gardens with an understanding of its history. The event was well attended by John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets. In May 2018, Roman Road Trust advised Friends of Meath Gardens to create an online petition to gain signatures to re-open the underpass. Roman Road Trust held a consultation stall at QMUL’s Festival of Communities on 13th May to demonstrate to visitors the plans for the underpass to be reopened. The petition gained almost 25,000 signatures. Also in May 2018, Roman Road Trust invited Friends of Meath Gardens to be the guest local cause at our monthly Do Good Thursday volunteer meet-ups. At the meetup, Tunde and Joanna spoke about Meath Gardens and the ways in which people could get involved. On October 2018 Roman Road Trust organised for Joanne and Tunde to talk to 200 students taking part in the Plastic Free Roman Road audit to raise awareness of Meath Gardens and highlight need to reopen underpass between Meath Gardens and QMUL.

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Profile for Roman Road Trust

Globe Town Common Vision Report 2018  

Community development project in Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, documenting community organisation and the constitution of the a local community...

Globe Town Common Vision Report 2018  

Community development project in Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, documenting community organisation and the constitution of the a local community...

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