The Garden is at Risk: Dalston Quarter Consultation 2017

 

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The first stage of the Hackney Council public consultation on the ‘Dalston Quarter’,  which includes the entrance area of the Curve Garden, finished on 30 April 2017. Hackney Council are now studying the responses and we wait to hear how these are going to inform their future plans for the area and how they will impact on the future of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. We will be updating this page soon to share the many messages of support for the Garden from visitors that were written during the consultation period and also to share any updates from Hackney Council.

Deadline for responses: Sunday 30 April

Hackney Council are gathering views from the public on the development of buildings and land that they own in and around Dalston Lane and Ashwin Street. Part of the Curve Garden is owned by a private land-owner but our crucial entrance area, that includes our wooden pavilion, our cafe kiosk, our Pineapple House conservatory space and the area where the little greenhouse sits, are all included as part of the package of Council-owned land to be included for possible redevelopment. This consultation is the first stage in a process that will decide the future of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. It’s vital that we demonstrate to Hackney Council the Garden’s importance to our community, now and in the future and we need your help to do this.

The ‘Dalston Quarter Development Principles Public Consultation’ document outlines Hackney Council’s plans for the area and they are inviting public responses until 30 April. To help inform visitors we organised a series of community engagement events at the Garden to encourage participation in this important consultation. We have been overwhelmed by the quantity and content of the emails that have already been sent in response, describing the many ways the Garden is enjoyed and used and asking for it to remain as an enclosed and managed space and in its current location. Many people see the retention of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden as the vital starting point for any development of a ‘Dalston Quarter’.

You still have time to add your voice to help secure the future of the Curve Garden in any Hackney Council development plans for the ‘Dalston Quarter’. Here’s what you can do:

Email the Planning Department (Delivery Team)

There are numerous problems with the ‘Dalston Quarter’ questionnaire which have been raised with Hackney Council. In recognition of these problems they have advised us that it is not necessary to tick the boxes in the consultation questionnaire relating to their ‘draft principles’. Instead they have said they will accept emails addressed to deliveryteam@hackney.gov.uk

We are not offering a template for these letters as it’s important that the Council hear and understand the many ways the Garden is used and loved by our community. This is 100% about your personal experience and how it has benefited you, your family, your friends, your community. Do be aware that all of these emails will be included in the Council’s final written consultation report, so they will be available for anyone to read.

In addition it’s vital that you tell the Delivery Team that as part of any future development of the Council-owned land in the ‘Dalston Quarter’,  you want the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden to remain in its current location, as an enclosed and managed public garden. Any development of the Council owned land or buildings surrounding the Garden must not be developed in any way that could undermine the Garden being able to remain in its present location and in its current managed form.

We recommend that you write ‘Response to Dalston Quarter Development Principles public consultation’ in your email and in the subject line. If you have experienced problems with the consultation or have found it confusing, please do let Hackney Council know this in your response too as it will help inform and improve any future consultations. You should also ask for an acknowledgement of receipt of your email.

Email our Mayor, Philip Glanville

mayor@hackney.gov.uk
Many thanks to those of you who have already taken the time to write to the Mayor to let him know how you feel about the Garden. Via your emails, we would like him to continue to hear the many ways the Garden is used and loved by our community. As with the emails to the Delivery Team, this is 100% about your personal experience of the Garden and how it has benefited you, your family, your friends, your community.

As advised before, it would also be helpful to tell him that as part of any future development of the Council owned land in the ‘Dalston Quarter’, you want the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden to remain in its current location, as a managed public garden. Any development of ‘Dalston Quarter’ land or buildings surrounding the Garden should not be developed in any way that would undermine the Garden in its present location and form.

If you have any further questions or suggestions at this stage Garden, please do drop us an email at info@dalstongarden.org

Please help us safeguard the future of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden by participating in this consultation process – your contribution at this stage is vitally important!