The Garden is at Risk: Dalston Quarter Consultation

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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. 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 events at the Garden to help develop a community response to the consultation.

Here’s what we recommend you do if you want to help secure the future of the Curve Garden in any Hackney Council development plans:

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 its 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 them 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. 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.

Attend a Hackney Council Consultation session

Monday 10 April
The Hackney Council planning team are hosting a final consultation session at Hackney Town Hall (Room 132) on 10 April, 6-7.45pm. Officers have asked participants to let them know in advance if possible, if you’ll be attending, by emailing Blanka.Hay@Hackney.gov.uk

If you have any further questions or suggestions at this stage or would like to volunteer some time to help the Garden during this process, 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!