If I was a rich man….

A friend of mine recently posed this question as she was working on some exercises based on Fiddler on the Roof at drama school. It got me thinking….

Fiddler on the RoofOne thing I’d love to do is to buy the entire Zone A plot of King’s Cross Central, then chair a partnership with Argent, Network Rail, LB Camden and LB Islington to turn the lot – Zone A plus a wide bridge across the tracks at the back of King’s Cross Station (like Exchange Square at Liverpool St Station), into a huge public open space complete with waterfall, kids play areas, youth hang out zones, permanent memorials to Lisa Pontecorvo and Phil Jeffries, space for a bit of street theatre, viewing platform for train enthusiasts, space for Camley Street to raise awareness about local urban wildlife, really attractive and grabbing signage to Somers Town and South Caledonian Road, little plaques explaining local history and showing where buildings like Culross used to be and why they were important, and much, much more.


Now that really would be a community gain!!!


The posting ‘The Case for Battlebridge Crossing’ below originally appeared with no specific mention of the great deal of support provided to this campaign by the Liberal Democrats at local, regional and national levels. Since first appearing it has been amended. Very many apologies, it was entirely my fault – never rush a posting!

Let’s open up King’s Cross Station for all of us!

Northeast King's CrossNetwork Rail has suggested holding a public meeting to discuss access to the station from the northeasern side. From responses I’ve had so far, our community is overwhelmingly in favour of this as long as it’s organised well. (See postings on this issue below.)

Not only is the section of our community on the northeastern side keen on a public meeting, but also Maiden Lane estate (just further up York Way), the community on the south side of Euston Road, at least one LB Camden councillor, at least one LB Islington Councillor, Camden Cycling Campaign, King’s Cross Community Safety Partnership, at least one local architects office and more people and organisations are contacting me by the hour.

So, I’ve had a brainwave. Rather than Network Rail organising a public meeting for our community, why don’t we propose organising it jointly with them? That will make it easier all round to ensure the meeting is organised for the benefit of all.

Please let me know if you want to see such a public meeting take place. Also, let me know if you might be interested in joining a co-ordinating team to help organise it.

I’ve started pinning key points on a Google Earth map (pictured), to make clear how large and varied our community is – there is so much that it’s already difficult to fit it all in. I’ve concentrated on the north eastern side and would welcome locations from you that should be added – including the south and west sides of the station.