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HACKNEY SOCIETY

The evenings arrive at my window intimidatingly early, reminding me I’ve barely managed to see daylight today, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Since Sir John Betjeman helped found The Hackney Society in 1967, two years after a major re-draw of the metropolitan boundaries, one might well say a lot of progress has been made in improving the borough as a place to live and work, writes Nick Perry, chairman, Hackney Society.

I wonder what Banksy would make of Hackney Council – the organisation that plastered over one of his paintings – being guest of honour at its restoration.

The Hackney Society was born 50 years ago to preserve the borough’s history. But a hefty book marking its half-century proves there’s more to heritage than old buildings. Emma Bartholomew, one of the tome’s authors, reports on its launch.

Simon Mooney’s photographs juxtapose Hackney’s history with modern life. He tells the Gazette abut his exhibition of 50 pictures to mark the first half-century of the Hackney Society – a heritage group that has fought since 1967 to preserve the borough’s history in the face of development.

Sweeping plans to bulldoze a row of Victorian homes in Finsbury Park and replace them with shared flats for young professionals have not gone down well with neighbours.

Meet the raggedy band of volunteers who spend their spare time keeping hotshot developers in line. The Gazette caught up with members of Hackney’s Conservation Area Advisory Committees to find out what they do.

Aviva’s bid to tap into the trendiness of Hoxton has been savaged by historians and neighbours – who are concerned they will turn the “historic home of the Hackney artist” into a “corporate playground”.

A book will be published this year to mark 50 years of the Hackney Society. Emma Bartholomew looks back in time at its creation in 1967

A campaign has been launched to give a Stoke Newington pub protected status over fears it could become yet another restaurant.

A row is raging between De Beauvoir neighbours after a man ‘demolished’ half his house without planning permission. The town hall could take enforcement action, but the owner insists his actions were lawful.



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