Friday 8 April 2011 2.18pm
jackie rokotnitz wrote:
Exactly Merlin Rouge. Sloane Street it ain't. Nor was meant to be. But it suits me just fine, but perhaps I'm just undescerning..
I don't care too much about the shopping, I find it useful now and I'm sure whatever comes will be useful. But I care so much (maybe too much) about fixing the urban fabric that this building slices through. The Masterplan was excellent as it opened up the space to pedestrian movement, compensating in part to the seven lanes of traffic on the other side, and linked in to Oakmaine and Heygate to reconnect the dead spaces of the area.
I want to live somewhere with pleasant outdoor space and active workable streets - that's what we were promised in this regeneration.
If they keep the building, we keep the footprint, the impermeable space, the crowded pavements and the private enclosure of what should be public space - in my mind that's a disaster.
We do unfortunately have to wait for them to come forward with what this all means, but that's not reason to not be shaking the tree for quality now - when they have finished their artists impressions it might be too late.