Search

London Fields residents face up to 50 lorry trips through their estate every day

12:40 08 March 2013

Blackstone Estate residents John Hunt, his wife Florence and Cliff Gully,right, stand up with a petition to stop construction traffic through their estate as part of the demolition plans for Bayton Court.

Blackstone Estate residents John Hunt, his wife Florence and Cliff Gully,right, stand up with a petition to stop construction traffic through their estate as part of the demolition plans for Bayton Court.

Archant

Residents are up in arms about proposals which could see lorries drive through their estate up to 50 times a day, six days a week.

Some 350 residents from the Blackstone Estate in Lansdowne Drive, London Fields, have signed a petition against access plans for heavy goods vehicles during the development of a new housing scheme, which will take more than a year to complete.

Nearly 50 residents attending a meeting on Monday night made clear their opposition to the plans, which would give lorries access to the estate and a narrow route normally closed to traffic during the demolition and redevelopment of Bayton Court in Lansdowne Drive into a six-storey sheltered housing block.

At the tenants’ and residents’ association (TRA) meeting at St Michael and All Angels Church, residents insisted they wanted lorries to access the building site directly from Landsdowne Drive rather than driving through the estate.

Paul Munday, director of housing programme regeneration at Hackney Council, said the developers had to get to the site through the estate rather than Lansdowne Drive as the entry point to Bayton Court was “close to pedestrian crossings and bus stops”.

Developer Hanover Homes made a presentation about the proposed routes, both of which result in lorries travelling through the estate.

Residents expressed concern that the planned access route – only for emergency use – is not big enough for both lorries and pedestrians to pass through.

Louise Derry, 38, said: “I remember a lorry tried to get through with tiles and the road was not wide enough for me to get through with my bike.”

Meanwhile Evelyn Girling, 47, expressed concerns about children not being able to play on the estate. She said: “It’s disgusting. They are railroading everyone.”

John Hunt, 73, said: “It will be like the M1 with lots of bulldozers and JCBs coming through the estate. We don’t want it.”

A Hackney Homes spokesperson said: “These are the only viable options as there is no other feasible access to that part of the estate during the construction period.

“We are doing what we can to find solutions to the issues residents have raised. Every practicable precaution will be taken to ensure the site is kept safe at all times and inconvenience is minimised.”

A spokesperson for Hanover said: “We were invited by the Blackstone Estate TRA to discuss our proposals for starting building works at Bayton Court and the access required throughout the process.”

He added: “Having heard local residents’ concerns we will continue to work with Hackney Homes and local residents to try to resolve the situation.”

0 comments

Latest Hackney News Stories

Fri, 13:02
Shadow that would be cast by Bishopsgate skyscrapers

The mayor of Hackney has called on City Hall to give the final decision on the controversial Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme back to the boroughs that rejected it.

Fri, 12:44
Meg Hillier, representative for Hackney South and Shoreditch, during a photocall for Labour MP's at The House of Commons, Westminster.

MP Meg Hillier is “devastated” that Britain has voted to leave the EU, and is trying to find out what the shock result will mean for EU citizens living in Hackney.

Fri, 12:00
Members of Laburnum boat club in Haggerston are ready for Regent's Canal festival

Hundreds of spectators are expected for Sunday’s free grand festival to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Regent’s Canal, with narrowboats running trips by east London’s Victoria Park.

Fri, 11:07
Hackney Town Hall, of Mare Street.

Voters in Hackney voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, with 78 per cent wanting to stay.

Fri, 10:17
Tech City

The CEO of Tech City UK has said “nobody knows” how leaving the EU will play out for businesses – but is sure the UK will remain at the forefront of innovation.

Thu, 17:05
Gazette 20 June 1986

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago.

Thu, 13:18
The

A “Zombie killer” knife and a “robbery kit” were seized along with bags of heroin and crack cocaine in raids on suspected gang members in Hackney yesterday.

Thu, 12:50
Sir Philip Allen, 62, the Chief Counting Officer for the referendum at Earls Court in London. Picture: PA

Millions of people will make a “once in a generation” decision today when they vote in the EU Referendum – but for many it’s not the first time.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hackney Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe