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The Last Word: Alice Tate-Harte, founder of Clean Air for SE23

Alice Tate-Harte is a painting restorer and local Mum living in Forest Hill.  She set up Clean Air for SE23 this year and is a campaigner on air quality and greening London. How long have you lived in the area? Only one year but I know the area really well and have lived in SE London for 15 years. What brought you here? Friends, good schools and a nice community. What has changed most during that time? Air pollution has become a big thing in the press recently and I started to find out more about it. I was familiar with how Air pollution affected the old paintings that I work on, but I didn’t realise how bad it was for our health.  People are also getting more aware and concerned about climate change and want to know what they get can do to help. What do you most value about the area you live in? The fantastic green spaces and woodland, the swimming pool and the library and the interesting old buildings.  I also …

The Last Word: Alice Tate-Harte, painting restorer

Alice Tate-Harte is a painting restorer and local Mum living in Forest Hill.  She set up Clean Air for SE23 this year and is a campaigner on air quality and greening London. How long have you lived in the area? Only one year but I know the area really well and have lived in SE London for 15 years. What brought you here? Friends, good schools and a nice community. What has changed most during that time? Air pollution has become a big thing in the press recently and I started to find out more about it. I was familiar with how Air pollution affected the old paintings that I work on, but I didn’t realise how bad it was for our health.  People are also getting more aware and concerned about climate change and want to know what they get can do to help. What do you most value about the area you live in? The fantastic green spaces and woodland, the swimming pool and the library and the interesting old buildings.  I also …

The Last Word: Laura Swidzinska – co-founder, Gather

Laura is one half of the duo behind Bellenden Road’s, Gather, the first refillery and sustainability hub to open in the area. Alongside her Peckhamite co-founder Tash Gorst, they’ve opened Gather to make it easier for local people to live a life which produces less waste and harm to the environment. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been a South Londoner all my life. My Babcia (grandma in English!) has been in the same house in Balham for 70 years. I took the ‘big’ leap from SW to SE 3½ years ago. What brought you here? The greenness, shops run by locals rather than big corporates, and a quick train ride to my parents. What do you value most about the area? The community – it’s super strong here. People really care about where they live and do things together to make it better. Take the East Dulwich Forum for example – that’s where I met my friend and business partner Tash, and Gather was born. What one thing would you change? I’d …

The Last Word: Hayley John-Charles, personal travel consultant

I am a personal travel consultant and run my own franchise of Not Just Travel, I love finding the ideal holiday for my customers and hearing all about their travels on their return. I am also BNI ambassador that supports members in growing their business. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Lewisham Borough all my life and I have lived in SE23 for 31 years. What has changed most during that time? Forest Hill has a handful of shops and I have seen them change ownership so many times. The biggest change is no longer having any banks in the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? My neighbours. We don’t live in each other’s pockets but whenever we need to come together to support each other we do. It’s a real sense of community. Kids can play safely on the green areas. What one thing would you change? To end online businesses that rip people off with cheap alternatives and make it harder …

The Last Word: Amal Alaoui, Wellbeing & Stress Consultant

Amal Alaoui is a Wellbeing & Stress Consultant to adults and children, incorporating craniosacral therapy into integrated treatments. She is a published health writer and communications trustee to the health charity, Craniosacral Therapy Association [CSTA]. How long have you lived in the area? SE London is where I have lived for 15 years.  When I first moved to London I lived in Wimbledon and Fulham.  With a growing family, the crossover to SE24 and SE20 seemed logical. I also work in SE23 and central London. What has changed most during that time? The demographic profile and the high streets.  It is always encouraging to see more independent places popping up in the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? When we first moved here I had no idea how friendly the street was. I feel very blessed to have such considerate and interesting neighbours and there is a great sense of community.  We also have fantastic public transport. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My children and craniosacral …