Tom Keller – Local resident and Coin Street Board member

“Our neighbourhood has got a unique blend – somewhere where people work, rest and play”

What is your connection to / involvement with Coin Street?

I have been aware of Coin Street since ’80s, but Mulberry Housing Co-op became my home in 1988. I was invited onto the board in 1992, and moved to Palm Housing Co-op in 1994. I had various roles within the co-ops, from secretary to chair and my daughter Ella was actually the first child born literally on the site. 

Has your involvement changed over time?

I have had different roles within both Palm and Mulberry housing co-ops, but now I am more interested in community involvement at Coin Street. I was so pleased to see how successful the Community Day was recently.

Have you benefitted from your involvement and if yes, how?

Enormously. It’s given me a fantastic place to live and watch my family grow up, and I’ve had a chance to get to really know my community and my neighbours.

 What do you know about Coin Street (our history/current activities/future plans)?

I wasn’t actually actively involved in campaigning, but I do remember walking down Lower Marsh in 1982 and I remember seeing the campaign stall. I was a Chair of the local Tenants’ Association at that time and got involved from there.

In your view what makes Coin Street stand out?

Show me another area of the riverside that isn’t occupied by millionaires! Our neighbourhood has got a unique blend – I refer to it as somewhere where people work, rest or play, to borrow an old slogan.