Help make Tower Hamlets a great place to live, work and play - next fund deadline 9th of Sept
We want to build a new community asset from some of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought. Specifically, we’re working with the Council to temporarily turn some little used and low-traffic streets (the junction between Vivian Road and Chisenhale Road in E3) into a shared community space which will be used as: - A pop-up playground to allow the children at Chisenhale School to have longer playtimes in their new ‘covid-secure’ year group bubbles - An Outdoor classroom where children have PE lessons and gardening club - Space for safer drop offs and pickups - A pocket-park for the community to use outside of school hours - An outdoor, covid-secure venue for a programme of arts workshops, street dance and whatever ideas emerge over the year Through this, we hope that we can transform these roads from something that divides and confines us into a shared space for the community, at the same time as encouraging active travel and making the street greener.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Everyone will benefit from a greener, quieter street, and use of a pop-up parklet outside of school hours. Children at Chisenhale Primary will have access to better and longer playtimes, they are currently limited to shorter lunch play due to year group bubbles. Year 1 Children will have access to morning play to help transition from Early Years. The whole community will benefit from a programme of events hosted by Chisenhale Art Space including, art workshops, dance performances and outdoor open studios events.
Steps to get it done:
In terms of specific impacts on the road access, this idea will mean a short section of Chisenhale Road (between Vivian and Zealand Roads) being closed to motor vehicles (but not to emergency vehicles, pedestrians or cycles), and a section of Vivian Road becoming one-way. We're currently working with the Highways and Transportation Department of Tower Hamlets Council to finalise these designs and necessary temporary traffic management orders. We have secured the support of (1) The Chisenhale School Head and Governors, (2) The leadership of the Chisenhale Gallery and Art Space and (3) local councillors.
About the space
The junction between Vivian and Chisenhale Roads
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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