The flower beds were dug up about a month ago, and have been left as bear earth, which is a bit sad as they looked beautiful before - even if rather wild. Does anyone know if there are plans to replant them and when?
I have received this response from Iain Tuckett, director of Coin Street Community Builders:
"This bed has been prepared for a new and more varied planting scheme designed by Mary Reynolds, 2002 Gold Award winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. The new planting will take place in April. Concurrently, and with funding support from Waterloo Project Board SRB, we will be returfing the northern park with a reinforced turf which has been successfully tested in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, and is designed to cope with the high footfall this area now experiences."
Wouldn't it be nice if regeneration money was always used to regenerate things that actually need regenerating, rather than, as often seems to happen, digging up perfectly reasonable gardens, footways, whatever, and replacing them with something not noticably better (and sometimes worse)?
Would that similar regeneration money would flow into Archbishops....
That said we do have some neighbourhood renewal money for planting in the dark southern corner near Lambeth Palace. But have still to get anything for 5-13 childrens' play despite there being so little other provision in the area. And despite the fact that we wrote a 27 page bid last summer in the hope of soaking up year end underspend.There was underspend but we did not get it, and noone has bothered to explain to us why not. (All quite complicated, and the current line is to blame Lambeth, but I don't think any one will argue that the focus of regeneration in the area has been to the north and to the river, whilst local deprivation is concentrated to the south.)
Better stop before this turns into a full blown rant. Especially as it appears, in the final year of the programme, as if some people are starting to realise that provision of the new provision in Archbishops supported by local consultation might be worth considering. Lets hope.