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Hackney Council to trial ‘mini-parks’ to ‘reclaim the roads from cars’

PUBLISHED: 18:20 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:20 24 July 2018

Hackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam Holt

Hackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam Holt

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Hackney Council is inviting idea submissions for mini-parks, in a trial to “reclaim the roads from cars”.

Hackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam HoltHackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam Holt

“Parklets” will replace individual parking bays on streets, and 15 of them will be in place from one to six months.

Applications open tomorrow, and a road show in Broadway Market will showcase two parklets - one of which will be set up by People’s Parking Bay campaigner, Brenda Puech who originally came up with the idea.

Submissions could include planters, benches, games, notice boards and anything else - within reason.

Successful applicants will be able to access grants of up to £150 to set them up.

Hackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam HoltHackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam Holt

The trial scheme will support 15 parklets, and creators can then apply for them to become permanent.

The council trialled “parklets” in Shoreditch last year for Car Free Day 2017. Just 35pc of households in Hackney own a car.

Find out more at hackney.gov.uk/parklets.

Applications close on August 26.

Hackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam HoltHackney Council trialled parklets in Shoreditch last year, for Car Free Day 2017. Picture: Hackney Council/ Adam Holt

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