Saturday, January 20, 2007

More development in Wycombe

This week the Bucks Free Press announces the Council’s plan for further development throughout the district. As I observed on my Wye Walk a year ago, the development is floating down the stream from the Eden scheme just like the effluent from the open sewers when Newlands was a slum.

"Areas highlighted in the WDF for redevelopment include the Molins Factory in Saunderton for low-key employment, part of Stockwells Timber Yard in Stokenchurch for a care home, the former Bartletts site in Desborough for housing and business, the gas work in Lily's Walk for housing, shops and possibly a hotel, and the Compair site in Hughenden will house a sports centre and could become the new home for Amersham and Wycombe College."

The new wave of de/re-generation is again being driven by economic concerns and Government targets that ignore the things that really make a place, what it means to the people who live there, how we experience it, and how it is woven into our personal and collective narratives.

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