Roman Road Trust had a great day attending Gateway Residents’ Fair 2018 at Haileybury Youth Centre. Roman Road Trust invited Gateway Residents to share what they love about Roman Road as well as areas they would like to see improved.
The Gateway Residents’ Fair is an annual event organised by Gateway Housing Association. The fair is an opportunity for residents to meet staff and find out more about Gateway as well as the wide range of local community organisations.
Gateway Housing Association have a number of housing estates that are very close to Roman Road. Attending the fair was a great way to reach out to the local community and raise awareness of projects happening very close to many Gateway residents. Roman Road Trust recently attended a coffee morning with residents from Rochester Court but this was an opportunity to reach out to more Gateway Residents.
The day featured fun activities for all the family from circus skills and face painting to free massages and a raffle to finish the day.
Roman Road Trust was very lucky to have a fantastic pitch space on the rooftop of Haileybury Youth Centre. Residents were given a sticker collection booklet, encouraging them to complete activities at the stalls. Roman Road Trust’s activity involved asking visitors to place their likes and dislikes of Roman Road onto our map.
By the end of the day, we had spoken to lots of residents and our Roman Road map was packed with sticky-note-suggestions. Almost all residents mentioned Roman Road Market as one of the best things about our high street due to its reasonable prices and its rich history.
We received a number of suggestions for more green spaces, an improved street scene with wider paths, and better facilities such as public toilets. Residents also suggested that market stalls could be more spaced out to allow pedestrians to move between the market and shops more easily. Visitors to the Roman Road Trust stand commented on the range of stalls on the market and suggested a wider variety is needed as well as family friendly cafes with space for pushchairs.
Roman Road Trust would like to say a big thank you to Gateway Housing Association and the festival team for organising Gateway Residents’ Fair 2018 and ensuring its smooth running on the day.