Yesterday’s post was about the people who avoid this space, the area under Greenford Flyover, at the centre of the roundabout. It is accessed through subways at each corner of the junction of Greenford Road and the A40.
This space has such potential yet it is avoided, ignored or abused by some of the less helpful members of our community. I believe that, to make everyone feel safe here, it has to be in use 24 hours a day. One way to do this would be to put in an autonomous structure, powered by solar panels or a wind turbine, that could house a 24 hour community internet cafe, a small police post, an “out of hours” GP surgery and a local radio station. There is enough space underneath the Flyover to fit something that could be seen by passing traffic. The CCTV that has been installed is helpful but it is the Mark I eyeball that really counts – we need to populate this space. It is a potential village square, with room for lots of market stalls, and it is crying out to be used for a large art installation. There is already a lot of activity down here, the weeds, shrubs and trees attract bees from local hives and it is home to lots of birds. Until someone surveys it properly we won’t know what wildlife uses it.
Why are we wasting this opportunity? This video shows what it’s like to walk through the space.
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