Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Choosing A Book To Weed

In case you aren’t yet convinced to go along and vote on Saturday at the Participatory Budgeting event, here is project in the heart of Worcester Park that you might like to see:

The Friends of Worcester Park Library group is applying for funding (plus an additional GLA grant later) to turn the top section of the library car park (8 spaces) into a ‘Library Garden’. They believe a garden area would extend the community space available to the public and would effectively be like extending the library space without the cost of building new premises.

They are looking to include a Kiosk which could be leased to a small or new business and heaters and gazebos for the colder months. There would be a surrounding plant area making it a natural habitat for small wildlife, contributing to a healthier natural environment. It would also stop cars from turning directly outside the library which is currently a concern as children cannot always be seen.

There will be concern at the loss of 8 car park spaces leaving 19 in the library car park; disabled parking could be transferred to Windsor Road. The Friends of Worcester Park Library say this will not affect revenue as the car parking is free anyway, and that it would encourage more people to walk or cycle, with bike stands outside the library door.

So it is down to you. Is the Library Garden something you would like to see at Worcester Park library? Will 8 less car parking spaces encourage more people to walk or cycle, or encourage them not to come at all? Will the new area encourage more people to use the space? Do the benefits of the Library Garden plus the cost of it outweigh the loss of those car spaces? Is it worth allocating money to this or are there other things on the list you would prefer to see funded? It is up to you. These are all questions that councillors normally have to decide on our behalf but this Saturday (11th May) we all get to have our say and vote for how the money is spent.

The Participatory Budgeting event is being held at Cheam High School, Chatsworth Road, Cheam, SM3 8PW and starts at 9:30am. Entrance is from Chatsworth Road. Participants should expect to park their car off site and follow the signs and the red line on the footway to the School hall. All residents over 16 of the three Sutton wards: Worcester Park, Nonsuch and Stonecot can vote.

Turn up and vote for the Worcester Park Library Garden (or not).

4 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Dave said...

Looks promising. I can't think of anywhere around Central Road where I would want to sit down even for a couple of minutes, because of the incessant traffic. If suitable screening is included, and any graffiti or other vandalism is dealt with promptly, then I'd like to see it built. The loss of a few parking spaces - inconsequential.

Notablogger said...

Nice idea. As Dave says, there is nowhere around Central Road I would want to sit down and take a breather, especially when that breather would consist of copious volumes of car and bus fumes.

I did once try the seats that had kindly been installed outside Kingfish, but frankly sitting on a corner of the A2043 facing into the thundering/crawling the traffic just feels weird. I suppose it's good to have them there for use by the elderly (as an alternative to falling over) but I wouldn't use them otherwise.

So having an area of garden in the heart of Worcester Park but not directly on Central Road, would be great.

Loss of parking spaces will be an issue, though, and I'm afraid I just don't buy the guff that taking parking spaces away and providing an extra bike rack will encourage people to walk and cycle. It will just cause them to park on residential roads, or drive around the Stone Place car park belching out fumes until they find a free space.

I wish the proposal well, though. It would be a nice addition to WP.

gg said...

This is another nail in the coffin for the high street - the loss of these parking spaces will will mean that people coming during the day to shop in the charity shops, or get their hair done will find it more difficult to park. Bike racks are no use when you've just had your hair done or laden with ceramic items from the local charity shop. It will also have a knock on effect in the evening as people will have to walk much further to the KFC or Papa Joes, and may resort to creating extra pollution by driving to the McDonalds in North Cheam.

DT said...

Though a nice idea, I think the loss of disabled parking spaces will kill the idea stone dead, when they come to get planning permission. Unless they convert some of the other spaces to disabled ones. Though they have the idea of relocating to Windsor Road, I doubt they would then be within 30 metres of the Library entrance. You usually find that most libraries either have 'Blue Badge' bays immediately outside or a scheme for reserving a space in their car park.

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