On Halloween 2014 we as good as won the lottery when Alex Macgregor, Architect and previous Chief Planning Officer, came into our lives. Not only did Alex help our community fight off a high end housing development (with his counter planning application for keeping The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow as a community park and garden) but today we find out that our plans, beautifully thought through and hand drawn by Alex, for upgrading the shed have been successful. We have been granted full planning permission.
This success is down to Alex capturing what our community need to be sustainable, his hard work and persistence in not giving up. I first met Alex when he came along to our Halloween event in 2014. His daughter Sam was working at the Woodlands Community Garden at the time, and she and a colleague had offered to help at our annual Halloween event. At the event, Sam introduced me to her daughter Rachel, her dad Alex and mother Mitzy. Alex was charming and charismatic with an unforgettable distinctive and timeless style. I won’t forget the conversation we had that night on the meadow, with fairy lights twinkling in the background, it was one of those milestone moments that have changed things for the better. He was interested in helping us.
At the time I knew we were lucky to have someone like Alex support us, but I didn’t realise just how lucky we would be. The initial conversation has led to a 4 year relationship between us. During this time Alex has stood by our side, fought our corner and for no fee or reward since all of his work is Pro Bono. This gift from Alex has helped us to realise our potential as a community and to plan for the future. You can see our plans below. The building will provide a much needed toilet, running water, storage, light and a space for small groups to meet indoors.
All we need now is to submit a building warrant and to raise the funds to realise this dream….should be a piece of cake??!!!!!