The B&Q site – let’s create an urban woodland and a skateboard park
August 8, 2013 1 Comment
I have been thinking awhile about the green spaces in the town and how I would like to enhance and add to them. In general, I would like most wide expanses of pavement to incorporate grass verges, shrubs, trees, or a combination of all three, or two from three. In fact, where we have wide pavements (and this means wider than the average push chair, wheelchair, motability scooter) then I would always opt for the Thorpe Bay option, i.e. make our roadsides considerably greener.
I have written about my wish for an urban woodland, and think that the B&Q site, now rejected by Tescos, would be a good place to have one. I would like part of this site to have a skateboard park. My vision is of the small woodland shielding the skateboard park from the road.
The wood would occupy the southern end of the car park, whilst the skateboarding area would occupy the northern part of the car park and the area currently occupied by the redundant B&Q store.
This would create a nice green space in the centre of the town (just along from the recently created concrete wasteland that is called the Victoria Gateway), and would provide a place for the town’s youngsters.
The site looks quite large and could probably accommodate more than what I wish for, which either means a bigger wood or some extra facilities. I certainly feel, and it would appear that Tescos would agree with me, that this is a far from ideal location for a supermarket – especially after the poor redesigned road layout (where the A127 meets the A13). So, this is an opportunity for the council to create something worthwhile for its citizens, and give something back to the planet at the same time.
A town that is rapidly becoming Concrete-on-Sea must address the issue of trying to hang onto its green spaces (especially in light of the threat to build on some of these). Here is a possible chance.