Back in September, we did this:
The day included a ‘play street’ street closure (the first to take place in Brighton we think), and information stalls and activities on the street and in the Hanover Centre. Part of the plan for the day was to start a conversation – to get friends, neighbours and Hanover folk in general talking about our streets and how we want them to be.
During the day we tried out different ways to find out what people thought.
We left questions on the street….
… we dished out postcards for general comments, and we showed some films and talked some more in the Hanover Centre after the Play Street part had finished.
All of the words have been summarised, put on a pdf and can be downloaded here.
At the end of the day, everyone still around agreed that we should all meet and talk about ideas some more – see what we could take from the day and how it could be turned into action. This meeting is on Friday (October 12th) 7.30 pm at the Hanover Centre.
Hope you can come
It is the warm, wet weather, or is austerity Brighton encouraging the council to go easy on the weedkilller? A combination of both probably, and the result is increasingly verdant and varied streets, being rapidly colonised by a rich diversity of plant life. There is strength in nature: it will take back the concrete at great pace when given the chance. This is a positive thing.
These pictures were taken on a short walk along two streets in Hanover. B&H Council – whatever it is you are not doing; please keep on not doing it!
A recent comment on a previous post has taken me back to the art on the streets of Hanover, and the quirks of our frontages. The vague plan is to create a local ‘I spy’ walk around the area. Until then, here are a few more examples:
Built in the 1830’s to the design of Charles Barry, who went on to design St Peters Church and the Houses of Parliament, the planned function of the Pepperpot Tower at Queens Park was to house a wind wheel which would draw water from a well below the structure and into a large holding tank beneath the Tower. From there it would be pumped into the nearby villas for use.
Did it ever run? Who knows. Mains water arrived as the Tower was being built, so maybe not. It has been a folly in search of a function ever since and this video, made by the Friends of the Pepperpot , gives a peep inside and up to the top.