Thank you to everyone who participated in the GLERA conversation downstairs at the Community Centre on Saturday. As a follow up we would like more ideas so please post them below.
We are looking for ideas for the future of the Estate in the next ten years. Below are some possible topics but we would like to hear anything that you can think of
Should the Estate be managed by the Housing Department as at present, by a Tenant Management Organisation where Residents would have more control or become part of the Barbican Estate?
Should the walkways continue to be called private or should they become public highways like the Barbican?
The Estate is shown as a route on Crossrail pedestrian plans and when it opens we can expect a big rise in footfall. Should this be controlled? Barbican walkways are classed as public highways and are maintained by the City Highways Department. Is this good or bad?
Are there enough?
Are they well maintained?
Any ideas for improvements?
Are you happy with the works so far?
Is there anything else that needs doing?
1. a Tenant Management Organisation where Residents would have more control..but do we have the resources?
Would we get a budget to employ staff?
2. Private. Can the gates be put on token entry?
The rectilinear layout means that there are no real shortcuts for the public anyway.
3. Not enough green space. Far too few trees- climate change will make these more and more necessary. The Listing statement does include that the original architects expected planting to develop over time so the planting design was ever 'etched in stone'.
Large tracts of paving- surely some more could be planted- although maintenance would be required.
4. Very sad that no-one thought to jet wash the concrete paving BEFORE painting.
Lots of uneven, broken paving across the estate, lots of ponding in wet weather.
Sports centre roof needs proper waterproofing liner under the paving.
Lighting very poor in the West square; North of Bowater.
I have already suggested a flying sculpture above the West square to the Corporation as part of earlier consultations.
5. No. The development is in Islington and should be managed by their residents; the school will be managed by school staff.
How to fund it all?
…..we believe that we must live by our values which are:
1. TMO needs more information re it’s implications . Can the TMO nearby come and tell us how it runs, pros & cons?
2. Open Spaces. Private means we pay. How long have the gates been there and have they ever been locked? We are unlike the Barbican Estate in not having substantial private gardens and public spaces. We get over run by people lunching etc
3. Green Spaces, we need much more . Can we restore the space between Great Arthur and the Community Hall to residential use? It used to have a tree in the middle, we could have seating and meet for coffee outside the Community Centre. If there are people who must have a car parked there due to disability we could have 2-3 spaces set aside.
4. Estate Renovations. I am working on the premise that it looks worse before it looks better
5. I am not sure we have the resources for the RC development to be part of the estate and it is going to be such cramped, poor quality housing.