Inspired by the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year, Bradley Wiggins, I took to cycling around his old stomping ground of Kilburn (and Brondesbury) whilst delivering and speaking to local members.
More importantly, his background, a child of a single mother, shows that as long as opportunities are provided for, anyone can succeed in life. The Conservatives are determined to back an old fashioned nuclear family view of life. In the process vilifying many single parents with children on welfare, when (like with Bradley’s mother) their partner is no longer there.
The welfare system must be there to support those in need. The Liberal Democrats are ensuring that it is there for those who need it; whilst at the same time supporting reform so that it is better to be in work than on benefits and easier for recipients to understand.
Yesterday I was delivering in Rowley Way, Kilburn, an award winning and Grade II listed architectural estate. Hearing more about it, and speaking to a former resident of the place, it made me think is this the kind of innovative architecture we need more of in the UK?
Yes, the estate has its problems and the concrete façade is not what many would now choose, but it has the following:
- Fantastic use of living space inside the flats
- Flats designed to maximise the natural light
- Pedestrianised streeting, which encourages children to play on the streets
- Balcony space for all flats
I’m not suggesting replica estates / designs, but it’s an example of trying to use space more creatively that could tackle the housing problem in Hampstead and Kilburn as well as the UK.