There are 11 more days to make your opinion count!
Sandy Hill is asking for input on ways to make positive changes in the neighbourhood. Via a short online survey (takes about 10 minutes) members of the community association Action Sandy Hill are looking to prioritise targets for changes – i.e. do we need better businesses first or to tackle litter problems.
No mystery to followers of Sandy Hill Seen that we are pushing the association to challenge members to live local for one short week – no cars for trips under 5KM – to encourage supporting businesses in the ‘hood and to see if through force of numbers we residents can change the profile of our streets!
We are massive believers in the transformational power of walking and cycling one’s neighbourhood. Having lived car-less for 15 years until moving to Sandy Hill in 2012, it was shocking how many more neighbours we knew by sight if not by name in Notting Hill, Central London simply because we all walked and shopped locally. Sandy Hill we can make that change too!
Please be part of positive local change by taking this first step and completing the survey by July 21st.
A new initiative – Vision Sandy Hill – was launched by ASH committee member Suneeta Millington to harness wider public opinion within Sandy Hill in defining the future needs of our neighbourhood.
“Vision Sandy Hill” plans to step outside the community organisation and take the pulse of Sandy Hill residents on the needs and wants of the community. Millington’s group is engaged with the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study’s (ONS) which launched detailed findings on communities in Ottawa only two weeks ago. The ONS comprehensive blueprint of the neighbourhood will provide a rich backdrop against which to analyse Vision feedback. (Sandy Hill Seen will review the findings of the ONS in a future post once the data containing several errors has been corrected).
The Vision mandate is to engage with local “stakeholders” within the Sandy Hill community to bring about positive change through stand-alone projects that essentially brand our neighbourhood as the place to live, work and do business in Ottawa.
Out of the initial Vision launch and brainstorm held late last month at TAN coffee such projects as “Banners on our Main Streets” Rideau and Laurier, Revitalisation of the Chapel Street Park and creating a community garden on the railway bike bridge were amongst many other ideas suggested.
Click link for more about Vision Sandy Hill Special Projects Initiative & List.
We look forward to more details in the coming weeks and months as Vision takes hold across Sandy Hill.