Peninsula Fountain Result: C+
Continuing the Greenwich fountain focus, I guess we have at least made some progress on the peninsula fountain. There’s water in it.
And when I went past this weekend, the water was actually moving. There are spouts and jets and everything – a little murky on Saturday when the heavens opened, which was understandable, but actually rather nice on Sunday.
But those railings do nothing for it. I know why they’re there – parents allow their kiddies to paddle in the water which breaks the jets, which is why it’s been broken so long – but if you’re going to have a beautiful fountain, which is there for no reasons other than ornamental, then sticking a walloping great chainlink fence around it seems a bit silly.
Let’s hope that it’s temporary and they’ll come up with something else – a fancy wrought iron job, perhaps, or a glass surround (a bit of a pig to clean, though…)
Still – even getting water moving in it is a move to the positive, and I was glad to see it half-way there. Perhaps some of the developers who are suddenly bursting to life on the peninsula might be arm-wrenched into forking out some cash towards it.
I did have to smile at the hoardings outside the one down by the yacht club:
I love that they’re talking about acres of green space and parkland – I’m assuming they’re talking about the little eco park and the slightly-dull-but-at-least-green ‘central park’ up by North Greenwich – not really a ‘parkland setting’ so much as ‘a short walk to a park’ – rather than mentioning the aggregates yard, retail park, industrial area and industrial dump next door.
Still, I guess until the next development goes up there is a bit of a view of some green out front on the next plot.
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