The proposed designs are unfathomable. Clearly the council has no idea how the garden is used and no consideration is given to the residents of Nelson Square (even the consulation does not address itself to the residents!!)
Really I think along the lines of “if it ain’t broke – don’t mess with it”! The only thing that’s missing from the Gardens currently is some more seating on the eastern end under the trees.
However, whilst Plan One is ridiculous, Plan 2 looks viable.
Only other comment is that the smaller children’s play area is / was currently VERY under-utilised, even on lovely warm summer days.
It would be interesting to know why that is and perhaps the Council, or the RA, could investigate that matter BEFORE they mess with anything?