Credit where it's due

IT was great to read Hazel King s praise for the planted area on and around the Lea Bridge roundabout bus stand (Letters, August 28)...

IT was great to read Hazel King's praise for the planted area on and around the Lea Bridge roundabout bus stand (Letters, August 28).

I, too, marvel at the great job that has been done and was pleased it received a well-deserved Hackney in Bloom award.

I write simply to tell the story of this already successful project that I hope will soon be even better when completed.

A bus stand was planned on the south-east corner of the roundabout, next to the mosque.

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Residents were unhappy with this and rightly so as it took valuable public space. The mosque authorities were concerned about trespass and vandalism.

Following a meeting between Hackney Council officers, Transport for London and Lea Bridge and Hackney Downs councillors, Transport for London were asked to look at using the roundabout for their stand.

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Happily, it was found that the central area would provide a better bus stand for a larger number of buses and be less intrusive for residents. The mosque would get a defendable space.

The landscaping proposal was to be exemplar.

The project is not yet complete. The portable buildings on site at present are to be replaced by a purpose-built rest room for bus drivers, complete with a windmill to provide electricity and, hopefully, a pocket park on the south-east corner.

Hazel King is right to praise the council, but also councillors and Transport for London, whose project it is.

Cllr Vincent Stops,

Hackney Central Ward.

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