Tuesday 4 May 2010 6.29pm
"What about grass and more plants?"
Yes, there is going to be grass and plants as well as trees. I know that spring bulbs are being talked about.
The example at the Trinity Street
Piazza is quite a good one where a group of residents, myself and Richard the "guerilla gardener" all planted some plants including lavendar and rosemary in the tree beds as well as seeds for sunflowers. I'm not sure that Richard was quite used to having the formal support of the Council and Councillors for his plantings but I agree with the posts above that a hard landscape needs to be softened with grass and planting.
I have discussed the design with Jane (janefs) and confirmed that it's not a done deal in terms of where things like benches and sheffield cycle stands are going. Clare Armstrong of Living Streets also met with the Council Officers last Friday (I could not attend as we're in the Purdah period of the election) and made some good points which she fed back to me.
I think the Trinity Street
Piazza is a good example of the "road closure into public space" agenda I've been pursuing and trying to fund via CGS and S106 and Trinity Street
is now seeing a lot of use by local people. In fact we've now got lots of extra PlantLok cycle stands on order as it's clear that it attracts more cyclists than before.
I hope that once the Tabard Street
scheme starts to take final shape that everyone will be happy that it's better than the unused (expect for the occasional parked 343) piece of street that divided the Church from the Churchyard/Park (and which we're now reuniting) that we used to have.
Father Ray Andrews of St George the Martyr
has an idea for a sculpture for the new area which I support, and I welcomed the polish painted Easter Egg to give some life to the area during the works.
Cllr Tim McNally
LibDem Member for Chaucer Ward
Executive Member for Resources
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