Garden Cities, Eco-Towns and Sustainable Communities

So, another Eco-Town, or Sustainable Communities Growth Area, has been re-badged as a Garden City, with funds from central Government to deliver infrastructure 4 years after the coalitian Government withdrew funding from Eco-Towns and Sustainable Communities as one of its first moves on gaining power.

This amounts to 4 wasted years. 4 years when the investment would have been well used, and useful in mitigating the effects of the Great Recession. If these funds had not been withdrawn 4 years ago the required infrastructure would be in place by now and the deficit not as great as it nowis is because we would have had people working and businesses investing. This cutting off and delay in funding has cost the country more in the long run (and not that long) in so many ways.

On top of this, the stipulations mentioned in today’s announcement about green-space and sustainable transport etc are all things which Eco-towns and Sustainable Communities Growth areas had in their plans anyway- well at least the ones I have been involved with did.

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Greenwich Gyrations

I was in Greenwich yesterday, visiting the University, and the following caught my eye:

I quite liked the look of these houses, taking up a smallish infill site:

Greenwich Houses Front

I think they are an examples of quiet and dignified design; good quality ‘ordinary’ which is something we need more of. However I have no idea what they look and work like inside.

This is what they look like from the rear – quality of the ‘photo is not great as it was getting dark:

Greenwich Houses Rear

There are lots of new developments in the area which looks like continuing its upward rise. Even the anti-dog-poo signs use pedigree dogs:

Greenwich Dog

On the way back home I spotted this re-furbished pub – generally I don’t like modern pub refurbs, which tend to rip out any character they had, including the etched glass windows which would be unaffordable to do today, but I liked the pub’s name wrapped around it at ground floor level:

Greenwich Pub

Again, I have no idea what it is like inside, if it has proper beer and if it is affordable rather than an eye-watering £4.50 a pint. Perhaps next time when I am not in a hurry.

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A Garden Bridge? No thank you, Joanna Lumley: London is ‘Bosky’ enough already

A blog by Alex Grant against London’s Garden Bridge – one of the most pointless bridges I am aware of.

A Garden Bridge? No thank you, Joanna Lumley: London is ‘Bosky’ enough already.

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The Trees the Garden Bridge will destroy

Just a quick view of the trees which the waste of money Garden Bridge, a few 100 yards from 2 existing bridges, will need to destroy. Not much mention of this.

Garen Bridge Trees

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A Thriving Food Market In Woolwich? Let’s Get Behind Mike And His Mates

A Thriving Food Market In Woolwich? Let’s Get Behind Mike And His Mates.

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SuDs or not SuDs in Lewisham

A little while back I posted a blog which talked about the River Quaggy in Lewisham being removed from its cultervt and returned to a more natural river:

http://stevenboxall.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/from-pipes-to-suds-full-circle-in-lewisham/

It looks like I may have been wrong – the work currently going on there appears to show a continuation of the river in a culvert approach:

River Quaggy Lewisham

Next to where I took this photograph from is an old information board which includes a graphic of what a more natural approach to managing the river could look like:

Quaggy Info Board

So, I am currently uncertain what is happening here at Lewisham.

It will more than a bit dissapointing if all we will be getting here is another tall building rather than more sort of green space for the people of the many new buildings near by to use.

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Peckham’s High Line

I am getting a bit fed up with hearing about somewhere-or-other coming forward with their answer to New York’s ‘High-Line’.

But what I saw at the weekend – Peckham’s High-Line is going too far:

Peckhams High Line

Just for a bit a balance I thought I would show this – also in Peckham:

Peckham Square

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