Kings Cross in 2015 – what do we want?

Kings cross square What do we want King' Cross to look and feel like in 2015?  The area has changed immeasurably since I first lived here in 1995, but how will it look in five year's time? What would the people who live and work here now want to experience in 2015?  Five years is a good time for decisions we take toady to come to fruition.  Rather than wait for some impenetrable planning documents from Camden and Islington why don't we have a go on the website.  A conversation in the pub last night suggested the following, in no particular order – what do you think let us know by email or in the comments:

  • a world class pedestrian environment around Kings Cross and St Pancras stations and the gyratory – pedestrians first, cyclists second, buses third, cars fourth adding up to less pollution
  • vibrant creative quarter making use of the many empty commerical properties in the Cally Road-Kings Cross quarter helping students spin out from the Arts Uni on the railway lands
  • connected King's Cross – barriers such as the arterial roads and railways tracks over come with new crossings such as a bridge over the tracks at Wharfdale Road paid for by spendthrift Network Rail
  • well maintained, secure, well run social housing with residents having a strong voice
  • a secondary school taking boys – such as the Wren Street campaign
  • end to murders – large scale holisitc approach to tackle the disturbing murders.  And a general trend to less crime.
  • new community green space – such as the Islington Triangle – and continued greening of small spaces such as along the canal and Tiber Gardens.
  • the station area to be improved – a Kings Cross Square designed by and for the community
  • Kings Cross railway lands and station nearly finished with a stronger emphasis on the local community
  • balance between pubs, bars, cafes and other businesses without a takeover by chains like Starbuck.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust and Tinder Foundation.
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2 Responses to Kings Cross in 2015 – what do we want?

  1. Daniel says:

    William I have also written about this concerning the South side, you are free to republish. http://danielscounter.blogspot.com/2010/06/20-point-plan-that-would-make-kings.html

  2. julie.shrive says:

    The disabled provision was taken from outside the British Library causing too much distance if not in a wheelchair with carer. The attitide of British Library disgraceful . Now a call centre. The taxis too do not know where to pick up DISABLED from Eurostar causing severe cost & trauma . The ramp used for Eurostar is an accident waiting to happen as too high. What do they do when issue raised blame the disabled blocking those whose disability severe? Disgraceful. Typical.
    Why does Islington Council expect busy citizens to do its job by rejecting the petition.Fair I think not.

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