Tuesday, 15 April 2008
You cannot but have noticed the massive tower block going up in nearby Felstead Road!!
It just seems to be getting higher & higher!!
For those Leabank Square residents with a longer history - you may recall that our local councillors (check out: http://www.hackney.gov.uk/w-wards-list.htm) campaigned long & hard for the space to be turned into a community park - somewhere we could all call the Heart of Hackney Wick.
But the powers that be had other ideas - so having recently demolished the infamous Trowbridge Towers - they gave permission for another lot of towers to be built.
Aaaaaaaanyway - we have got them now - and there's nothing we can do about it now.
BUT!!!! There is something we can do to influence how they fit into out existing community.
Just as we all welcomed with open arms - the fantastic new Travellers in Wallis Road - we will - of course all welcome the new residents of Hackney Wick to Felstead Road.
But it is what is happening at ground level that we can have even MORE influence on.
Take a closer look at the picture above. This is the view of the new development from the Eastway looking down Chapman Road. Check out the street level.
There are going to be several premises licensed for commercial use all around the base of this new development!!
This is where we all come in to the equation.
Rather than getting a chain store - or a pound shop - or another bloody bookies.........
We have been asking about 150 shoppers to the neighbouring Watermelon Shop (that's the Premier Newsagents to you & me - it's just that most of the local kids call it the Watermelon Shop 'cos they have crates of delicious Watermelons outside in Summer!) what they would love to see open up all down the road?
Here's the more popular shops on the list:
Florist or Plant Nursery
Fish & Chip Shop
Health Food Shop
Organic Fruit & Veggie
But the most surprising thing that was said was that many of the locals interviewed wanted to open one of these up themselves!!!
And that's where we in Leabank Square & Hackney Wick can have the biggest influence on how this huge development interacts with us all.
If you know of anyone local who wants to set up - say a pharmacy - tell them to do it here - it would benefit us all - and they will make a bucket load of money!!!
Come on Leabank Square - there has got to be a few of us who wants to work locally and do something really great for our community!
If we don't start making enquiries at the linked web site (click on 'Tower Block' at the top) - you know that some really rich person from the other side of London is going to come & take all our money!
Do it - NOW!!!
For a bit of family Mosaic fluff on the Felstead development see: http://idox.hackney.gov.uk/WAM/doc/Design%20and%20Access%20Statement-247652.pdf?extension=.pdf&id=247652&location=VOLUME1&contentType=&pageCount=1