• Some news from Julia....

    A couple of items of neighbourhood news.

    I have heard on the grapevine that Tesco has put in an application to open a new Tesco Metro at 87 Upper Clapton Road. This is being met with a mixed reaction as there are of course concerns about what effect this will have on our local independent food stores.

    There is also good news about our new local pub. The Clapton Hart on Lea Bridge Roundabout will at last be opening its doors on the evening of 10 May. They have also put in an application to open a small hotel on the site.

    Also, on the evening of 24 April Hackney Council are organising a "consultative" meeting at B6 College to discuss the future regeneration of the area in which the Clapton Hart and the old cinema are located. This area has significance because it is the gateway to Clapton and will define the nature of our neighbourhood for the future. For details of the meeting see:

    http://claptonpond.org/hackney-council-consultation-on-a-planning-guidance-document/2012/04/03/

    We already have the threat to the old cinema from the current planning application by its new owners. Since the group known as St Mary of Zion acquired the building no-one, not even local councillors, has been allowed near the building, and in a letter written recently to a local councillor they say that they will not be "responding to any request to access our property". So, after over one hundred years as a cultural and social centre for the whole community, there is a threat that its use will be restricted to use by a small exclusive group. I know that there have been numerous objections to the planning application, but I think that local people need to make it very clear to Hackney Council that they wish to keep the building for cultural and leisure uses for the whole community. This meeting will be an ideal opportunity to put this over to Council representatives.

    Julia

    1 Comment

    • 1. Jun 6 2012 11:46AM by gavin

      Since when was the building ever for the 'whole community'? Its always been in private hands, and its use always restricted to a (paying) small, exclusive group. Sorry but this is a non-starter. I suggest you and your friends try to maintain the goodwill you’ve generated with your campaign by turning your attention to fundraising for something else within the community now before you exhaust it entirely and pointlessly by attacking someone for doing something that they are entirely free to do with something they now own. This is a free country, after all.

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