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|WASTED SPACE - THE WINNER!|
This derelict land was
formerly a BP refuelling
depot on Waterloo Road in
Salisbury. Its been empty
for around a decade.
We'll be reporting on the effort to regenerate the area.
The Wasted Space? campaign is an initiative by CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. It aims to help local people draw attention to land that is sadly going to waste and blighting their local environment.
As our contribution, You and Yours took Winifred Robinson, Liz Barclay, John Waite, and Peter White back to their home towns of Liverpool, Antrim, Stoke and Winchester respectively to highlight a wasted space in their area.
WINIFRED ROBINSON IN LIVERPOOL
Winifred Robinson explores Thingwall House and grounds in Knotty Ash, formerly owned by the Bright family, who were merchant venturers. They bought the SS Great Britain from Brunel and reburbished it, after it was grounded off the coast of Ireland. The grounds - nearly 5 acres - are important to people who live there as they have little open space. They believe that the council is intending to sell the site off for development, something which it has denied. One of the city's most famous residents, Ken Dodd, who lives next door, would like to set up his own museum of national comedy in the house. The grounds would become a wildlife haven and park.
Listen again - Thingwall House
LIZ BARCLAY IN ANTRIM
Liz Barclay visits the Rathenraw estate built near her family's farmland outside Antrim in Northern Ireland. There houses have been demolished after being burnt by drug dealers in the 1990's, leaving huge patches of land which people want to reuse. The community is hoping to build a play area on one of them, and is going through all the official procedures which is taking years. Another grassy site has been reclaimed by the youth club unofficially as an impromptu football pitch - a cheaper and more immediate solution.
Listen again - Rathenraw estate
JOHN WAITE IN STOKE
John Waite returns to the potteries where he grew up, where residents have formed the 'Burslem Port Project', and drawn up plans to regenerate the Burslem branch canal and the industrial land alongside it. They have a vision of better housing, and bringing thousands of tourists a year into the area. But Stoke City Council is working on its own masterplan for the city, and the Burslem Port Project will have to fit into it. Nothing more can be done until the council plans are published. Listen again - Stoke
PETER WHITE IN WINCHESTER
Peter White visits Winchester to find out about Home Nursery Green - a small space on the edge of a housing estate with many rare trees which is overgrown and rundown. The trees were planted by the Hillier family, who once owned over 10 acres for their nurseries. Now one local resident has started a campaign to improve it, after her children stumbled across old fireworks and broken glass. There's plenty of community enthusiasm, but the residents need skills too if they are to make the site a success.