Renovate The Wall

Renovate the Chapel Lane Concrete Wall to be in keeping with the Chilterns surrounding it.

by Laura Grant in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

The Chilterns are an area of outstanding natural beauty and sadly the cities are eating up into the character of the land. In the 1970s a huge concrete retaining wall was built in front of a row of houses along Chapel Lane (in High Wycombe) in order to widen the road. Chapel Lane is a major road through which many pass on a daily basis. This wall (which must be the cousin of the Berlin Wall) now dominates the local area and although there is a lot of support to renovate its appearance there is no money to do so. Along the same road are traditional flint stone walls and if funding allowed flint has been laid on to concrete retaining walls successfully in the past. This would be a wonderful way to honour the history of the area (and apologise to the world for what we did to the street in the first place). Local councils are unable to provide projects that preserve heritage for an area because they are under too much financial pressure. We understand that we are living in austerity and so decided to take matters into our own hands. With any luck we will be able to renovate the wall and improve the character and heritage of the town for all.