Plans have been made and earlier this summer the Pocket Park won a grant from Tesco towards the cost. The park still needs more money because Barnet is cash strapped as we all know.
This is the space empty next to Boots to show you its size and how it is not utilised at present.
THE TRIAL at THE MARKET LAST WEEKEND
Last weekend for three days Barnet Council gave the World Village Market and the Forum permission to utilise the space for a weekend event as a trial of its suitability for a Pocket Park. This was to see how the public took to it and to see what sort of impact it made on the area and what facilities would be needed for such a venture on this site.
From our point of view we think it was an amazing success. On Friday our household had our dinner sitting at the benches eating the wonderful street food and meeting many local friends and meeting new local people. I even bumped into Roger who runs the brilliant BARNET EYE blog which you should read regularly and you can see its latest article to the left of this one.
The music was a lovely thing to have on Broadway and on Saturday families and many visitors packed the small square out and had food and drinks in a civilised and al fresco way.
From our point of view the Pocket Park should have seating and a regular coffee cart - as well as guest food at weekends and whenever possible in the summer acoustic music augmented by the livelier stuff at Market festivals and Choirs and brass bands at Christmas. The overwhelming view of everyone at the event was when can we have this again and isn't this a fantastic thing to have on our Broadway. We want to congratulate the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum and Vibe Market for organising this, Market Square for bringing such an excellent stage and food to our street, and to Barnet Council and their employees for carrying this out professionally and making it all work.
Please write to Barnet Council and to the Neighbourhood Forum on their websites and let them know that you enjoyed it and that you want to see the permanent pocket park with furniture and greenery replace that dead spot next to Boots to create an oasis for the local population. The more that write the better it will be because it will show them how much we want the pocket park - and quickly so we can enjoy our outdoor space on Broadway.
LAUREN LUCILLE live from The Market Stage
More videos will be posted on the site over the weekend look out for the article.
THE PLANS EXPLAINED BY JOHN GILLETT of MILL HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Finally I asked John Gillet of the Forum what future plans they have for the Pocket Park in the light of this trial and he responded by giving me this information :
For more information etc. please contact John.