Wednesday 5 October 2011 2.25pm
Count me in as interested - is this just about ping pong tables or the entire initiative?
A few thoughts on the local area and your initiative.
are doing a very good job of refurbishing most of the parks (an exception would be Dickens Park, but this is a local nature reserve at the same time).
Better cycle parking and other smaller interventions might be more workable, often being too small, or the responsibility of multiple council departments, to get implemented normally. Also, trying to make private or semi-private areas (e.g. within estates, business parks etc) more liveable might be worth trying.
Also, in such a diverse area where affluent professionals and others live alongside or within very deprived neighbourhoods, the kinds of improvements that can be made may not suit the majority, and may be abused by people who like trashing things or don't feel involved in the planning of the improvements. Perhaps the answer is that rather than just being monetary, people should have the facility to offer specific amounts of time in particular skills. This is not only practical (it will make better use of what the community possesses) as well as sustainable and equitable.
The editor of this website will, I'm sure, be happy to do some news items once some ideas start to emerge in particular areas.
Good luck with the initiative which I see has some heavyweight backers.