Community invests in drinking fountain
Visitors to St Luke’s Gardens in Chelsea can now quench their thirst with fresh water from a smart Italian water fountain courtesy of the Sydney Street and District Residents’ Association.
The Residents’ Association was given a grant of £500 from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and decided to use the grant to buy a water fountain for the benefit of park users and promote the use of tap water rather than bottled water. The cast iron fountain, with a brass tap, was formally unveiled to the delight of some thirsty school children on Friday 7 September.
Finding a suitable fountain to complement the 125-year-old Grade II listed park had proved quite a challenge as most modern designs are not in keeping with the area. Fortuitously association member, Kim Taylor Smith, spotted just the right design during a trip to Pisa, Italy and tracked down the manufacturer.
Speaking at the unveiling of the fountain Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell said: “St Luke’s Gardens is a very popular park and I’m sure its visitors, especially youngsters, will be grateful that there is fresh water on tap. Using the grant in this way reflects…[how we can] build community spirit through doing things that matter to people such as installing this splendid drinking fountain.”
Drinking Water Fountains have a range of contemporary and classic fountain designs that can be easily plumbed into your mains system. The right water fountain in your personal or public space can bring the same sense of community spirit and satisfaction as the visitors to and residents of Kensington and Chelsea have discovered!