READING the letter from Fred Carpenter (News October 1) reminds me of his award-winning design in 2006 for the Heart of Shirley, selected by Sir Adrian Cadbury and Lorely Burt who attended the presentation.
The housing component, located on the former Territorial Army site, featured single person apartments which would bring young people into the area.
The plan proposed a three-storey block of attractive continental-style apartments, similar to buildings in Italy, entered via a courtyard with a central garden/water feature.
Mr Carpenter’s experience in construction enabled him to add a number of forward-looking suggestions for ventilation, plumbing and other fittings.
His design included a large map of his New Heart of Shirley, leaving the park untouched apart from some tidying up, reseeding around the Ring of Oaks and ‘a bit of beauty treatment’ for the existing trees.
The plan showed a cafe, similar to the one in Brueton Park, which would encourage people to visit the park more often and provide a focal point for people to meet in a quiet pleasant area.
The New Heart of Shirley constructed along the front of the Stratford Road, would include an attractive shop-lined covered arcade from the car park at the rear, with a market, an Internet Cafe come milk bar for the ‘young ‘uns’, a home store and restaurants offering foods from all around the world making Shirley the place to go for a different night out.
In this smaller development Mr Carpenter said there would be no need for a large island on the Stratford/Haslucks Green Rd, only a spot island at the entrance/exit on the Haslucks Green Road.
He ended: “after all the protesting, frustration and effort, one thing has shown up and that is the community spirit that exists in Shirley. I would not want to live anywhere else.”
Which would be the better choice for Shirley - attractive continental-style apartments or yet another supermarket?