"The Dalston Area Action Plan (DAAP) has no policy protection for the (Eastern Curve )Garden" Council officers will advise Hackney's Planning Committee, at its "special" meeting next Tuesday at 6:30pm in Stoke Newington Town Hall. Plans for a major re-development of the Kingsland shopping centre will be presented to the Committee by representatives of the site's owner, Criterion. It is a public meeting, which you can attend, but you are banned from speaking.
Hackney's DAAP vision is for the Eastern Curve Garden to be a "shopping circuit" with some planting
Criterion's plan is to build 445 flats in tall blocks on top of shops, and underground parking, in 4 Phases over the next 6 years. Phase 1 starts with the Eastern Curve. Although Hackney own the entrance and southern end of the garden, and Criterion own the rest of it, the future of the garden is left deliberately vague in the plans.
The Eastern Curve garden is Dalston's only bit of community managed public green space. It's a haven for our kids as well as plants and wild life.
Hackney have refused to make any formal agreement for its use as a community garden and have always described it as temporary.
Some of us have received an email from the Council inviting us to attend the meeting.
"The Council’s Planning Service encourages
community involvement in the planning process at an early stage...." it says, and goes on to say " The public will not be able to actively
participate in the proceedings on this occasion by addressing the Planning Sub
Committee." ie we can attend but can't speak as we listen to our futures being discussed! Sounds familiar?
The Eastern Curve Garden is not the only community amenity under threat - there is no sign of the playground for older children in the new shopping centre plans either, despite the promises in the DAAP .
Even at this short notice ( we've only just learned about it) we urge everyone one who is free to attend the meeting in Stokey Town Hall on Tuesday evening. Even if we are banned from speaking at this public meeting we can make our presence and concern very clear to Hackney and the developer.
Would Hackney's Mayor Jules Pipe feel he'd been stiched up and silenced if he was refused the right to speak at a public meeting