Thursday, 9 July 2009
The Arcade Site: let's tell Waltham Forest Council what we want!
So the eyesore that is the Arcade site on the corner of the High Street and Hoe Street is to be tarmaced over - to be used as a space: purpose as yet unknown.
The grand official opening of the aforemention space takes place on Saturday July 25th; with the Council pulling out all the stops - bouncy castle and all. In the meantime our Council is keen to learn what we, the residents of Waltham Forest, think is the best short term use for the revamped Arcade site.
We're told that the options are limited. The Council will not go to the expense of landscaping the site; heaven forfend that they should waste tax payers' money on such nonsense. It's tarmac and you can lump it or leave it. Already cynical minds believe the Council will not be able to resist turning the site into a revenue raising goldmine; but gentler souls believe that our civic leaders are keen, at last, to do something remotely sensible with the site after years of shilly-shallying around.
Civic consultation is one thing, however, Fight the Height are determined to make sure that the Council get plenty of ideas from the community on what to do with the Arcade site. They asking us what we would like to see there.
They're asking residents, artists, schoolchildren and architects to send them a postcard with their dreams, visions and ideas for the site, on the corner of High Street and Hoe Street.
Thousands of postcards are being distributed to pubs, shops or community centres on which people can jot down their ideas. They've also produced downloadable postcards, posters and briefs for schools or architects. The designs and sketches will appear on the E17 Art Trail.
Just visit their website and let the Council see what Walthamstow can dream up!!
They also need volunteers to drop off the postcards and posters. If you want to lend a hand e-mail Fight the Height at firstname.lastname@example.org