Saturday, 25 October 2014

Autumn 2014 in Springfield

Email from SPUG Committee: Hackney Council is undertaking an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for full refurbishment of Springfield Park (using the £900,000 that has been earmarked since 2006 for that purpose to leverage more money). The council has hired landscape architect Jon Sheaff to undertake Phase 1 of that application. Springfield Park User Group's (SPUG) representatives on the project board are Peter Cummings, Pam Wadsworth and Joan Yeadon. They will report back to SPUG on progress and gather opinion at three upcoming meetings. Please join them at SPark cafe at 2 pm on Sunday Nov 2nd and Sunday Nov 30th to find out more about the HLF and to contribute to the process. All welcome.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Outcome of the Millfields Improvements Works consultation published

Back in July, the Council launched a consultation on its proposals for improvement works to Millfields.

Following the closure of the consultation period, the Council has now published the results of the consultation which can be found at here.

It confirms that:
  • the most popular design for improving the play area in north millfields was Option 5 and that the designers of this option will be appointed;
  • the ideas put forward for how the paddling pool area could be improved - including more seating/communal areas and some water play element. The Council says it is working on designs for the paddling pool area, and incorporating the views given;
  • whether the railings around the ‘village green’ in Millfields south (near the old Lodge building and next to the basketball and tennis courts) should stay as it is? Leaving the railings in place was the most popular choice  - so it will remain in place around the grassed area. We did a posting last year about why the proposal to have the railings removed was flawed, so we're pleased to see they will remain!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Hackney Housing Debate

Positive Money Hackney: press release:

'House prices in Hackney have risen over 20% this year, and are now 5 times more expensive than 20 years ago. For some people it is good news that their house is earning more money than they are, but for most Hackney residents this means bigger mortgages or higher rents.
Many young people who have grown up in Hackney are being forced out of the borough because they can’t afford to live here. Rising rents are forcing people out of their homes: recent rent increases by Benyon Estates on the New Era estate in Hoxton threaten to leave 80 families homeless.
In 1996, houses cost 3 times median income but now cost 17 times median income.
Diane Abbott will be discussing the causes and effects of the crisis in the cost of housing with campaigners from Hackney DIGS who support private sector tenants, Priced Out who campaign for affordable house prices and Positive Money who argue that reforming the financial system is the key to stabilising house prices.  
The discussion will take place at Chats Palace Arts Centre on Sunday October 19th at 6pm.
There will be an open discussion and you can put your questions to the panel.   

Book your free place at: HackneyHousingDebate