Impressions of the current kiosk
Residents were keen to see a fruit kiosk operate outside Gloucester Road Underground Station. They felt it was convenient and promoted healthy eating. All agreed that the current kiosk is shabby, ugly and does nothing to enhance the area. All were in favour of seeing the kiosk replaced.
Businesses also felt the current kiosk was unattractive and some had concerns about how fit for purpose the kiosk was, particularly with no shelter, electricity or heat. None objected to replacing the current kiosk.
Views on the proposed new kiosk
Residents disliked the proposed new design. They did not feel it was in keeping with the area and was unattractive. They did not like the ‘solid’ look of the kiosk and wanted to see something more ‘open and airy’ that you could see through and wouldn’t block the views of the buildings or tree. Residents also had concerns over how fit for purpose the proposed kiosk would be.
Residents also felt that the kiosk could incorporate other features like solar panels to generate electricity or CCTV and felt an architectural competition might result in better design options. When financial constraints were discussed with the group, they felt that the Council could explore other options to raise the required funding, for example through advertising or sponsorship.
None of the businesses spoken to expressed concern about the proposed new design, feeling it would be an improvement on the current kiosk.
None of the residents were in favour of relocating the kiosk to the proposed new position (under the tree). They felt the area was too busy and the kiosk would be an obstruction, that the kiosk would block the view of buildings and that positioned under a tree pigeon droppings and leaf fall could be a problem. Although this position might be more acceptable to some with an alternative design.
Residents suggested an alternative position that they would like the Council to explore. However, if it were a straight choice between its current location and the proposed new location, all were in favour leaving the kiosk in its current location.
Businesses seemed less concerned about the proposed new location with none objecting to the proposed position. The fruit vendor did express some concerns about pigeons and rough sleepers being more of a problem in the proposed location, although would be happy in either location.