Thanks for your comments and concerns. It's not an unpopular post from our side, and please let me try to answer your points.
The Southwark Council "High Street Challenge" initiative has specific objectives for inclusion, and flower baskets wouldn't have met those criteria on the round we took part in. On top of that there is the ongoing costs of maintaining, regularly watering and replacing flower baskets. We agree they would be lovely however. If you'd like to look into pushing an initiative forward for the next round of funding, the website and info that we used is here: [www.southwark.gov.uk
We'd be happy to meet and chat with you if you do decide to go for it. Within our round, we delivered the train station mural, the photo competition, gallery show and street banner exhibition, which involved thousands of members of our community, plus there will be ongoing improvements to North Cross Road Market in conjunction with the street traders association. It's been challenging but very rewarding.
To address your plastic/environmental concerns, the banners were produced by Southwark Council's own supplier, who have excellent environmental credentials. The banners are 100% recyclable and PVC free. At the end of the campaign, they will be removed by the same supplier and recycled. The finishing methods used reduce off-cuts as waste, and use a technique which requires no plastic or metal eyelets, which also adds to the strength and lifespan of the banners. This also makes the process faster, reducing energy and emissions in production. The supplier adds to this by using low emission, localised transport for delivery and removal. When the campaign ends, they will be 100% recycled. Southwark Council will be able to provide exact credentials for selecting and working with partners for outdoor furniture if you'd like to look into it further. They have been extremely helpful and friendly to us throughout the whole campaign.
I hope this answers your concerns. Please do let us know if you proceed with the next round of the High Street Challenge, and if we can help, we we'd love to. I'm led to believe some locals are pushing forward with another mural project at the train station too, which is really exciting. We can't wait for updates on this, as this was one of our favourite elements to work on.
We say hooray to that! We love East Dulwich, so the more local, community minded initiatives like this the better!
EAST DULWICH ACTION GROUP
The East Dulwich Action Group are a group of volunteers working with the community to celebrate the spirit of East Dulwich. We are comprised of local residents and businesses working together to deliver Southwark Council's High Street Challenge Initiative, and promote the area to residents and visitors alike.
Project Deliverables: East Dulwich Station Mural / East Dulwich Photo Exhibition / East Dulwich Banner Exhibition / North Cross Road Community Stall / Ongoing Market Improvements
Our project partners are: Southwark Council / Network Rail / Dulwich Festival
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> I’m sure this will be an unpopular post ... but I
> think hanging plastic from lampposts is just
> tacky. The signage is comparable to something I’d
> expect to see in a leisure centre. We don’t need
> to add plastic to our street to make it beautiful
> - hanging baskets of flowers would have been wayyy
> better IMO.
> Not to mention more plastic just waiting to be
> binned or recycled.
> I get that it’s a nice project for the local
> community but IMO these bring zero to our streets.
> Could it have just lived within a gallery
> instead...? Not something I want to see everyday
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