This shopping strip has fourteen empty shops in a couple of hundred metres. Where is it?
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You could have knocked me down with a feather as I was driving home from work on Sunday morning when I saw a building in Mayfield I’d never really noticed.
It used to peek out behind a Hill’s fig which once a year used to be ‘pruned’ within an inch of its life but survived.
Not any more. It had its last prune.
10/3/2012 1:51 am I wrote:
Here’s a tip: the corollary of ‘We are going to change this city’ is ‘We don’t like this city’. (more…)
Wickham Park playground looks like a nice place to take kids.
And then this week it will be chopped up.
Here’s what this does to me:
Award-winning structure to be trashed by Newcastle City Council
The development of the Newcastle Regional Gallery is about to begin and the first step in the process is the destruction and waste of a neglected, award-winning structure.
At the rear of the gallery is the ‘Pavillion‘, built in 1996. It was designed by architects Ramsay Awad, Jodie Dixon, and Chris Tucker.
It is about to be chopped up – or, in Council’s words, ‘deconstructed’ under Mr Tucker’s supervision and people are being encouraged to – wait for it – take pieces as souvenirs.
‘There are people in Newcastle who would happily use it as community space,’ said Caity Raschke.
‘Islington Park is one place it could be moved to. One of our local companies made a very generous offer to the community, saying they could have contributed a large portion of the funds needed to move it. The community could have fundraised for the rest but Newcastle City Council failed to support the proposal. The National Trust wrote in support of the recycle and refit to Islington Park.
‘There are funds allocated to demolishing ithe Pavillion which could be used to move and store it but Council refused. Council claimed that the removal of the building had to be started by the beginning of July – here we are a month later and it’s beginning this week. Lost opportunities for fundraising – thanks, NCC.This is just another example of how little regard Council have for the community,’ said Dr Raschke.
‘NCC prides itself on its commitment to public art. Why would you tear this down just to throw it away when it could beautify a community park?
‘I suppose a Council that destroys a beautiful building like the Frederick Ash building, throws out historical material in the process, and fells the Laman Street trees, and is poised to virtually give away other assets like parking centres, Wickham School and daycare centres, is not going to look after a community asset like this.
‘Shame on them.’
This is the entrance to the little park in Wickham that is being ?improved by Council. (more…)
Ausgrid’s teams have destroyed a hundred streetscapes in Newcastle in recent weeks. (more…)
I was told this morning that Mr Hewett, Newcastle City Council’s ‘casual’ arborist has resigned as acting commissioner on the Land and Environment Court. (more…)