Search

Cafe Oto calls for public support to save project space threatened by council’s ‘Dalston Quarter’

PUBLISHED: 10:33 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:21 05 May 2017

Cafe Oto in Ashwin Street. Picture: Google

Cafe Oto in Ashwin Street. Picture: Google

Archant

Hip music venue Cafe Oto has called for public support after revealing Hackney Council’s Dalston Quarter project could threaten its project space.

The jazz spot opened in 2008 and was in 2012 dubbed the “coolest venue in Britain” by The Guardian.

But Hackney Council is eyeing up its neighbouring community space for development, according to bosses.

Last week they sent out a newsletter asking people to write to the town hall explaining how much they value the work they do as part of the public consultation.

The council wants to redevelop its buildings around Ashwin Street and Dalston Lane to help protect the area’s “special character” as a “business, employment and recreation” hub.

The space, built in 2013 with Turner Prize-winning architect collective Assemble, offers a free rehearsal room for local musicians and hosts workshops, talks, screenings and installations.

“This work has become an integral part of what we do at Oto and we are determined to keep it on the street,” the newsletter said.

Hackney planning boss Cathy Gallagher, said the council was working with locals, businesses and community groups to secure the future of the buildings by creating affordable workspaces and cultural hubs.

She said: “Café Oto is not within the allocated sites, however their more recent addition of rehearsal space on Ashwin Street is on Council-owned land.

“This is largely empty land, and the rehearsal space occupies the site on a temporary basis.

“The Council values venues like Café Oto and their contribution to this part of Dalston, and we’re looking at how we can best use the sites we own to help ensure this is maintained on a more permanent basis.

“We’d hope to continue to work with Café Oto to explore possible long term space as part of the wider Dalston Quarter development.”

Latest Hackney Stories

7 minutes ago

The 32-year-old offered an honest assessment on Saturday’s clash between O’s and Boreham Wood

Justin Edinburgh praised Craig Clay after the victory over Boreham Wood and provided an update on James Brophy

Continental Tyres Cup Group One South: Crystal Palace Ladies 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1 (5-4 after penalties)

22 minutes ago

A left-turn ban from Mare Street into Richmond Road has resulted in 13,819 tickets being dished out in just two months, the Gazette can reveal.

09:00

Sporting Bengal United were held for a point in an eight goal thriller against new boys Saffron Walden at Catons Lane this weekend.

10:00

A pop-up bar has lived up to its description over the last five years, having moved around Shoreditch, Dalston, Hackney Wick and London Fields. Now Night Tales is staying put.

11:30

A former police office and Stoke Newington RAF cadet is now serving his country in another way – after his call handling start-up app was given permission to be contracted by the government.

11:01

Health chiefs in Hackney will hold their AGM next month explaining future plans for services in the borough.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists