Friday, 15 August 2008

Walls of Jericho

Comments on this blog are becoming more occasional than regular at the moment. Still, it is August. Doubtless I will be up to speed again soon but, pleasingly, it's been a really busy summer, and in a good way.

Those of you who have read the book will remember the story of the battle to save Castlemill Boatyard in Oxford from a heinous new development of 'executive apartments' which would have ruined the Oxford canal. That battle was won when the developer was denied planning permission. Now, though, another developer, having bought the site, is trying much the same trick. This week another planning enquiry is under way to scrutinise their equally hideous plans. Meanwhile, the local community has alternative plans for a community-owned and controlled boatyard and public space. In microcosm, it's the kind of battle for the soul of England that's going on all over the country. You can read more about it on their website - and you can also make a donation to help in the fight. it would be money very well spent.