See the article at The Guardian site
The response from Meanwhile Space & the DTA
What local people have achieved on Lewes Road is truly fantastic (Seeds of Doubt, 28 July), but let us not forget that although the space may not be available anymore, the project will
continue through the friendships that have been formed, as Ron
up and put everything away again at the end of it. It is the enjoyment you have
while it lasts, making the most of the time you have, coming together in a
space to make something brilliant and worthwhile happen while nothing else is.
not to leave their sites to collect fridges and cause blight and communities
know how to get things happening. The model leases for land produced for
the Meanwhile Project enable food growing, selling and play spaces by increasing
the confidence of both parties so that everyone benefits. The project gets to
use the space while something else is waiting to happen and the owner gets
their property back when they need it.
and navigate if necessary. This can only be done by the meanwhile
community coming together to share information and ways around potential pitfalls.
planned to develop on the land when it was bought. It is a shame the finale of
such positive activity and energy has to be a protest. Now that the group have
a precedent for transforming a space, other pieces of land may become available
and with careful planning the hard work can be transported to other sites as
the meanwhile time comes to an end, as the growing skips on Argent's Kings
Cross development prove.
formed. The location may change but the impacts will live on.
Emily Berwyn, Meanwhile Space CIC & Jess Steele, Development Trusts Association