Dalston Conversation: Hackney Council invites people to share their vision for the area

An aerial view of Dalston, with Ridley Road's stalls visible going left from the centre of the image

An aerial view of Dalston, with Ridley Road's stalls visible going left from the centre of the image. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

Town hall chiefs are inviting people to tell them about their “ambitions” for Dalston on Tuesday night.

Anyone who signs up to the “Dalston Conversation” from 6.30pm to 8pm will then be told where to meet up.

More than 3,000 people have already had their say about the future of Dalston since Hackney Council launched its latest campaign in September. The aim is to let those who live, work or visit the thriving area influence the council’s plans for it, amid a boom in population and interest from developers.

The new consultation comes after hundreds of people expressed “strong distrust” in its first a year ago, which had proposed a “new cultural area” dubbed the Dalston Quarter.

Mayor Phil Glanville said: “New people and investment should be celebrated, but my vision is that our council should bridge the gap between those that feel excluded and the massive opportunities a growing Dalston brings. We need your views on how to make that happen.”

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Participants will be split up into groups to discuss some of the challenges facing Dalston. A spokesperson for the council said: “We’ve got loads of individual responses and ideas from the website and from holding pop-up events across Dalston, and now we’ll be asking people to look at some of the themes coming out of those and what the council could be doing to respond.”

See consultation.hackney.gov.uk to sign up.

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