Archive for July 2010

Leeds needs more independent spirit, not just shopping centres | Leeds

July 29, 2010

A major developer investing in Leeds sends the right messages about confidence for the future. But a local blogger notes that at the same time areas that epitomise the city’s independent spirit are struggling.

In his blog on the restart of a £350m scheme, John Baron says this piece of good news hides the fact that the city is losing the uniqueness that makes it different from neighbouring cities.

He warns that the city must make the most of its character if it wants to remain a popular shopping destination.

Opinion: Leeds needs more independent spirit, not just shopping centres | Leeds : guardian.co.uk.

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Thriving scheme seeks more land | Norwich

July 14, 2010

A successful community allotment scheme in south Norwich needs more land and new premises.

The Grow-Our-Own project at Bluebell South Allotments, which provides a platform for sharing knowledge as well as tools, seeds and plants, has expanded from eight to 150 members.

South Norwich News reports that members now need to find new premises for a centre which will house a kitchen for cooking home-grown food and a space for other healthy activities, plus more land to grow fruit and vegetables.

You can find the original story via this link: Thriving scheme seeks more land | South Norwich News.

Elephant & Castle love story opens at shopping centre theatre | south London

July 14, 2010

A production documenting the lives and experiences of people in a rapidly changing area of south London has opened in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Southwark-based Mayhem Company’s production will be performed in the Royal Court’s Theatre Local space in an empty unit on the upper floor of the complex.

The SE1 blog reports that 50 members of the community were interviewed, including former residents of the Heygate Estate, and their stories turned into a play.

You can find the original story via this link: Elephant & Castle love story opens at shopping centre theatre | SE1 blog

New food growing space on Regents Canal | north London

July 12, 2010

A group of community gardeners has raised money to build a food growing space on top a tunnel over the Regents Canal.

Kings Cross Local Environment reports that the recently completed project is part of the Greener Islington and healthy communities’ initiative to promote allotments and community food growing.

You can find the original post via this link: New food growing space on Regents Canal |Kings Cross Local Environment

Castle market and Sheffield castle | Sheffield blog

July 7, 2010

A debate is rumbling on Sheffield blog about whether or not a city centre market should be listed.

The argument against the listing is that it would be much harder to go ahead with some elements of the masterplan for the city centre. But others point out that the market has a social role.

You can read the original post via this link:

Castle market and Sheffield castle | Sheffield blog.

A future for Stoke | Stoke-on-Trent

July 6, 2010

Authorities’ lack of confidence in the local people of North Staffordshire is at the root of Stoke’s problems, but in his assessment of the town’s plight,  Bill Cawley is optimistic about the future.

In this response to an article by local MP Tristram Hunt,  the local blogger says authorities must stop ignoring local people’s ideas in order for Stoke to flourish once again.

You can view the original article via this link:

Pits n Pots Blogger Bill Cawley Replies To Tristram Hunt’s Recent Article In The Sentinel | Pits n Pots.

The problems with leasing a shop in Brockley | south London

July 1, 2010

Brockley Central documents an attempt to take over an empty shop in the neighbourhood with a particularly unsatisfactory conclusion.

You can read the original post via the following link: Brockley shops – no vacancies | Brockley Central.