If you have come to oxford today you have probably come through London and used the tube or even if you didn’t this wonderful map is known around the world.Today i am going to take you to Kings Cross one of London’s historic railways stations right in the heart of the city.
Here it is the beautiful 1852 utilitarian building, masterpiece of Victorian engineering. A heritage marvel near which i have lived for ten of the last 15 years. But the reality of living here is somewhat different.
Scenes from in front of my flat 2002 , 400 metres from kings cross station – taken by my upstairs neighbour
Young people from all ove rnorth london would bring stolen mopeds to ride in motogp in the tiny ruyn down park in front of my flat. They woudl do this when the Arsenal football team had a home match – 1 mile away – the police would not respond to emergency calls.
Drug dealer living in caravan. Police would occasionally raid it but he kept drugs up tree in the park. Led to interesting behaviour by tree squirrels. Incident ended after many months when local criminals nearly killed him with baseball bat and left him for dead in the street. I faces a choice – move to the suburbs or get stuck in to solving local problems.
Huge burden of being an active local citizen engaging with local public services – death by consultation and meetings. Information overload – all local action overlaps in some way – eg youth work with policing, peoepl need to know what’s going on at a more granular level than the local newspaper.No one joins up the information for you – have to do it yourself. Reluctantly set up a website using a simple blogging platform – typepad. I have no coding nor html experience.
Capitlaists control the bottlenecks go around themPNP – 20 a day views from council2,000 visits a day
Polis summer school William Perrin hyperlocal
POLIS Summer School<br />8 July 2010<br />William Perrin - firstname.lastname@example.org<br />Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd<br />http://talkaboutlocal.org/faq<br />William Perrin TAL<br />
Abandoned cars and weekly arson<br />Bingfield Park, Rufford Street 2002<br />In front of my house<br />Pics – Mark Bailey<br />
Stolen moped Grand Prixs c2002<br />Bingfield Park Kings Cross<br />Most Saturdays when Arsenal at home<br />In front of my house<br />Pics – Mark Bailey<br />
The ‘Crackavan’<br />Rufford Street c2002<br />In front of my house<br />Pics – Mark Bailey<br />
Got stuck in to traditional local action over several years........<br />Kings Cross Development Forum<br />Caledonian Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel<br />West Area Planning Committee<br />Sparkplug Management Committee<br />Gifford, Rufford and Randells Residents Association<br />North King Cross Environmental Taskforce<br />‘Strategic plans’ - many<br />West Area Committee<br />CYP Management committee<br />....but found huge information burden mostly from council and local public services<br />We used the web to streamline all this<br />Team Cally<br />Planning Applications (dozens)<br />
www.kingscrossenvironment.com<br />over 900 articles<br />Four volunteer writers – aged 40-65<br />Small number of authors<br />Campaigns, information, wildlife, events etc<br />Important part of wider regeneration – crime down, streets cleaner, public services more responsive<br />
Stoke-on-Trent www.pitsnpots.co.uk<br />Campaigning, challenging style<br />Reflects local frustration at political scene<br />3 writers, 30,000 comments on local politics<br />Drupal site<br />£25 a month<br />http://talkaboutlocal.org/faq/<br />
www.digbeth.org<br />Digbeth gritty industrial area of South B’ham<br />Arts, events, positive stories<br />Digbeth is Good redefined image of Digbeth on line<br />Costs - £10/month<br />Wordpress blog<br />http://talkaboutlocal.org/faq/<br />
Team of 5 people<br />400 pv a day<br />Thousands of articles<br />Village population 500<br />Wordpress.com<br />C£10/month<br />
www.harringayonline.com<br />2,300 members<br />Harringay Town and Green Lanes<br />Chatty informal feel<br />Wide range of local issues<br />£15 month<br />
http://Kingtonblackboard.org<br />UK online centre – Marches Access Point<br />Started August 2009 with TAL<br />Rural town life and news<br />Wordpress site<br />
http://W14london.ning.com<br />Deprived area of West London<br />Started August 2009 – with TAL and local NDC<br />Local discussion and information<br />Nearly 200 members already<br />Ning.com site – cost £zero<br />
First catch your local site...<br />http://openlylocal.com/hyperlocal_sites<br />
BBC 25 February 2010<br />Talk about local site W14london.ning.com making the news<br />
‘Local websites of all shapes and sizes are providing community news and information to hundreds of thousands of people.....grass roots media can provide an accurate, reliable, popular sources of news and information without regulation or subsidy. Their news values and thresholds are new, reflecting grass roots interests and priorities.’<br />Digital Britain report<br />
Traditional media leaders are coming around to the vision of local sites improving neighbourhoods and holding politicians to account:<br />Alan Rusbridger, Cudlipp Lecture:<br />‘Depending on your point of view, you may find that vision of new ways of connecting and informing communities inspiring or terrifying. I think it is both – but it is a useful starting point to thinking about the value of journalism, in every sense of the word 'value'. And it is good to be forced to think at an even more basic level – about what journalism is and who can do it.’<br />