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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 October, 2004, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Tell us about your community

Peter Barron
Editor, Newsnight

We want your stories; good and bad
In the months running up to the UK General Election, Newsnight will be painting a picture of Britain through a series of specially filmed reports and online activities.

Use the e-mail form on the right hand side of this page to get in touch.

The aim is to focus on local issues as they affect different communities up and down the country, and to find out what people are doing to try to improve the quality of life on their own doorstep.


ASBOs

drugs found on police raid
Drugs found on police raid
For more than three months, Newsnight's Richard Watson followed the local council in Camden and the police as they sought to use anti-social behaviour orders to make the area a safer, more pleasant place to live.



Poverty

Derelict house in Grangetown
Locals call Grangetown 'Beirut'
The series started with Grangetown, a once-thriving industrial community in the North East.

The BBC's home editor, Mark Easton, visited the town for Newsnight back in 1990 and found mass unemployment and chronic ill health. But he also found a proud local community convinced that the town's fortunes would change.

Mark returned to Grangetown to find out what effect local initiatives - and seven years of New Labour - have had.


Green issues

The King family outside their home in The Wintles development
The Kings say The Wintles has "a tremendous sense of community"
In the second of the series, Newsnight correspondent Ben Geoghegan visited one of the greenest and most neighbourly housing developments in the country.

It's an experiment which has just begun but could it really provide a model for much bigger housing schemes of the future?


Our streets

Pedestrians
One of Colchester's successfully busy streets
In the third film of our Picture of Britain series, BBC Arts Correspondent David Sillito asked if we've got our streets all wrong.

The film looked at how people use public spaces and uncovered research that suggests we've misunderstood what makes the High Street thrive.

Rather than quiet cul-de-sacs, it could be that busy, straight streets make for safer, happier pedestrians.


In the coming weeks and months we will focus on community issues across Britain, and we want to hear from you.

How has your community dealt with local problems such as crime, the environment, the death of the High Street?

Are there initiatives and campaigns that your community has used which others could learn from and implement themselves?

Newsnight will be working in conjunction with iCan, the BBC's website where you can address issues that concern you, make contact with others and start campaigns.

We want to hear the good as well as the bad, the light-hearted as well as the serious.

It's all part of the picture of Britain.


Newsnight is broadcast on BBC Two at 2230 BST every weeknight in the UK.




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SEE ALSO:
Britain's forgotten communities
20 Oct 04 |  Newsnight
Start campaigning
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