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“We can’t wait to see the completion of a project that will help make the Soho area cleaner, safer and better”. – Sylvia Young, co-founding member of Soho Green4 June 2019
“We can’t wait to see the completion of a project that will help make the Soho area cleaner, safer and better”. – Sylvia Young, co-founding member of Soho Green
Founded by four mothers in 2001 to provide a safer environment for local residents and tourists, Soho Green champions the restoration of St Anne’s Churchyard in Soho. The charity worked with Westminster City Council to transform the space from a no-go area to the haven it is now. Soho Green created The Wall of Light, the Art Loo and the Big Table. But most of all the charity inspired and part funded a safe, clean open space for all of Soho to enjoy.
Sheltering future generations by reducing crime
The development in Berwick Street includes a new urban hotel, 16 new homes including four family-sized affordable flats, improved shop units and two new green roof terraces for existing Kemp House residents. Whilst this was still important for Sylvia, what most impressed her about the project is the impact it will have on cleaning up the Soho district.
“With its bustling bars, diverse theatres and trendy shops, Soho has a long history as a vibrant hub of fun within the heart of London. Despite this, it has also been tormented by another, darker side. Unfortunately, Soho residents are all too aware of the sometimes-troubling issues that have plagued the area for decades, particularly with regards to issues related to drugs. Unfortunately, a return to the epidemic of drug-dealing and drug-usage has left many local residents feeling anxious and fearful. For an area with so much to offer, this is highly upsetting,” says Sylvia.
Upon viewing the plans for the development of Berwick Street site, Sylvia welcomed the changes. “While we’ve come a long way since the dodgy days of the past, more needs to be done to tidy up the area and to tackle these problems that are continuing to wreak havoc. The Berwick Street development has our full support. We can’t wait to see the completion of a project that will help make the Soho area cleaner, safer and better through the investment in buildings that will facilitate positive transformation.”
At PMB Holdings, we are keen to work with local charities that are on a mission to spread positivity in their local area. As such, we were delighted to partner with Soho Green for its May Day fundraising event this year – it is an organisation that is making a huge difference for the wellbeing of the people that live and work in Soho.
Sylvia adds: “Since sponsoring our Christmas tree back in 2013, we have continued to work closely with PMB Holdings for our fundraising campaigns. This year, our May Day celebrations were a true success and without the support of members of the community, local businesses and the council, none of this would be possible. Through their donations, businesses like PMB Holdings have allowed the St Anne’s Churchyard to become a beautiful space that offers much-needed greenery and tranquillity. Sadly, most of the children here don’t have a garden and they can’t play in the streets of Soho. As such, creating this space is fundamental!”
“When we first embarked on this regeneration project, one of our main goals was to invest in the future wellbeing of the region. One important way to do so is by giving back to local charitable organisations as much as we can. This year we were delighted to partner again with Soho Green for its May Day celebrations as it sought to raise money for its own process of renovation. Like Soho Green, we understand the importance of creating a brighter future for the Soho area and we couldn’t be happier to be on this journey together,” says Ed Jones, PMB Holdings CEO.
For more information about Soho Green visit: sohogreen.com/#about