Reading this article reminds me of the potential that we are hoping for in Banbury as more local people get involved to make it the first Age Friendly place in Oxfordshire.
Most definitely the best way to ensure places work for the local people who live there is to involve them whatever and whenever any changes are being considered.
That's why we can't wait for the feedback and ideas to hear what local people believe would make Banbury a great place to grow older.
Lately I’ve found myself imagining what the world might look like if the people who designed it – politicians, planners, developers and architects – were more diverse. I don’t believe that men and women design differently, or that poverty and ethnicity inform architecture, but lived experience is a great teacher. The regeneration projects of the past decade are more about planters and cappuccinos than access to free drinking water, public toilets, cheap groceries and a post office. They appear to solve only the first-world problems of the monocultural illuminati who created them. What would our cities be like if mothers had more of a role in designing them? There would be ramps everywhere, for a start. Schlepping a pushchair around makes you think differently about stairs. I cried when my nearest station was revamped without the inclusion of a lift