Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wake Up Leabank Square!!!!
I have just returned from the Olympic Meeting introducing Hackney Wick to what is going to be built directly opposite the canal from us.
Leabank Square - we had all better be prepared to live a completely different life after the Olympics!!!
Our legacy from the Olympics is a very built-up crowded future. There is going to be another town centre straight opposite Leabank Square.
Remember all those very quiet dreamy sunny afternoons having barbies on the Lea Bank? Well - those days are over. Not only have we got all the noise & dust for the next 4 years leading up to the actual Olympics. But afterwards - as OUR part of the legacy - we will have a high street opposite the Lea Bank. A completely new picture from now on.
The question is - is this a good or a bad thing?
Well - the smug architect giving the presentation seemed to think that it was a great thing. His vision for the area we all once walked our dogs on, played footie on, went on nature trails on, etc - is one of a fully functioning town centre.
So I suppose it will be a good thing for the employment prospects of many residents.
Then most the SMALL handful of Leabank Square residents there thought it was an absolute disaster of a plan. We remember being promised our green fields back after the Olympics as OUR part of the legacy. Of course we were all very naive to believe the suits. But then when they say it to your face with a smile - it's very difficult not to believe them.
So - as has happened since humans ever walked the planet - the suits walk all over us little people. We in Leabank Square will just have to live with cars riding over Arena Fields, with buildings blocking out our sunrises, with air-conditioning units drowning out the birdsong, with.......
The suits always win.