Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Lea Bridge Road Crossing scheme - consultation

Hackney Council are doing a consultation on a proposal for a new Toucan (signal controlled pedestrian and cycle) crossing on Lea Bridge Road by the Princess of Wales pub. Leaflets appear to have gone to residents on the south of the road, but not to residents on the north, such as Latham's Yard, who will also be directly affected. It also doesn't appear to be on the Hackney website - so we've therefore re-produced it below. We will do a posting on our view of the the proposal shortly. The deadline for responding is Friday 15 November.

a dreamlife of hackney marshes - 6 november

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Marshman Cometh - Saturday 26th October

Emailed received from the Marshman Chronicles:

Love candles? Love books? Love the fear of being eaten by bears?

Then here’s a little free event that might be of interest... if you happen to be in London on the evening of the 26th October...

I’m going to be reading from my forthcoming book Marshland on the marshes, along with local poet Sam Berkson, author of Life in Transit who’ll perform a selection of his poems.

It’s going to be a candlelit affair, spooky and romantic. We may even hear the munching of bears as they come out from their hiding place to feed on crows and... um... people.

If you want to come along, meet Saturday 26th October at 7pm by the old changing rooms on North Marsh, opposite Cow Bridge (the bright green one). If searching on a map, the closest landmark is the Hackney Marshes entrance to the Middlesex Filter Beds which is a 1 minute walk away.

After the reading, we can all go to the pub to get warm with booze.

Here’s the Facebook page with more details: My Face, Your Book

Thursday, 3 October 2013

millfields folly


Mabley Green Users Group campaign to turn the green space in Homerton into the world's largest 'edible park'
London Fields users get to enjoy Hackney's  largest wildflower meadow (full of beautiful flowers, providing a rich habitat for insects and birds)


Clissold Park users compete to win the national People's Park Award given to the most Green Flag park in the country.

So what are Millfields Users Group Committee campaigning for? They're campaigning to save Hackney parks largest concrete eyesore - the abandoned paddling pool.

Millfields Users Group Committee (12 members) say "we all agreed that the paddling pool area on Millfields should not be dug up". 

Ignoring the commitment it previously gave to MUG members (300 plus, apparently) to include a green option in proposals for the space, MUG Committee seem to banking on Clapton's gentrification to eventually find local support for its folly. It says "the population locally is changing rapidly - new users may have new ideas on how to best use the space". Hmmm ... which seems to be code for: let's ignore current park users who don't agree with us and bank on future ghost users supporting us. 
The MUG committee state removing the concrete "would be a waste of limited money", but we understand they're still pushing the idea of a granite piazza. We look forward to seeing the costings for that!