Your mayoral candidates debate: Regeneration
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 May 2014
In the first of our new web series, candidates for Mayor of Hackney, tell you what they think about regeneration in the borough.
Conservatives: Amy Gray, representing mayoral candidate Linda Kelly, said she believed that too often people living in Hackney used their homes as somewhere only to sleep. She said she wanted to promote “communities not dormitories” and the introduction of more community spaces, saying that the Woodberry Down development did not have enough forward planning for these facilities.
Labour: Incumbent mayor Jules Pipe vowed to continue with “inclusive regeneration” projects, and commended the work done at the Woodberry Down development and its community facilities. Mr Pipe also praised the “six and a half thousand jobs created on the Olympic site” but agreed that more could be done.
Greens: Mischa Borris said she would “fight Hackney’s corner” and deliver a good deal for the borough, and that this should start with a focus on local people and the environment instead of big corporations. She said she believed in improving affordable housing, unlike the “Dalston Towers” which she deemed inaccessible.
Lib-Dems: On behalf of Simon de Deney, Tony Harms said he wanted to bring in elected town councils, similar to parish councils, to ensure that development was given the green light by residents. He said regeneration “doesn’t mean knocking everything down”.
Independent: Mustafa Korel said the borough had a “great basis” for regeneration and industries, but that he wanted a “cycle hub”, similar to Morning Lane’s Fashion Hub, to encourage young people to learn how to fix and build bikes.