Hackney Unites Newsletter (incl. Stokey Local news)

Hackney Unites, with the support of Awards for All is organising a new community organisation in Dalston. Following on from the success of the Dalston People’s Festival, we were determined to create a strong, inclusive voice that can make a positive difference to the future of the area.

Last week the group met and agreed to draft a leaflet and get one through every door in the area. We need your help to make that happen, and if you can spare half an hour to distribute leaflets, let us know: hackneyunites@btinternet.com

We need help:
If you live in Dalston (or just want to help get this initiative up and running), then please complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DalstonFutures, attend the next meeting (6.30pm Thursday 14 November, Trinity Centre Beechwood Road, London E8 3DY) or volunteer to help with leaflet distribution (as the saying goes, more hands make light work).

To sign up and receive Dalston Futures regular emails visit: http://eepurl.com/ETY9P

Stokey Local
The Stokey Local group emerged in response to an unwanted plan by Sainsbury’s to over-develop the Wilmer Place car park. The development will overshadow Abney Park (and adversely affect the biodiversity), ruin local shopkeepers, undermine a local conservation area, and create traffic chaos. Over two and a half years the campaign has grown and grown in strength. When the Council granted planning permission, the community clubbed together and with the support of a local barrister launched a judicial review. Shockingly, in an attempt to subvert the judicial process, the developer has simply submitted an identical application (in an attempt to bully the Council into ‘go through the motions’ of reconsidering the application and then rubber stamping the decision under challenge)

Almost 4,500 people have signed a petition to get the new application ‘called in’ (i.e. have it referred to a planning inspector rather than the council’s planning committee). But more signatures are required, so please sign up yourself: http://tinyurl.com/p97snn5 and get your friends, family and neighbours to do the same.

If you want to join the Stokey Local email list, visit: http://eepurl.com/mqRA9

Is it time your neighbourhood got organised?
What is happening in Dalston and Stoke Newington shows what can happen when communities gets organised.

If you would like to get involved in either campaign, please let us know. Alternatively, if you live elsewhere in the borough and and are willing to help establish a similar community initiative where you live, get in touch. We will soon be running a training course on community organising, if you want to know more, drop us an email: hackneyunites@btinternet.com

Can you help us with a regular donation?
Hackney Unites is always exploring grant funding for our projects, but in all honesty, it is never enough. We need local people to help with regular donations.

We are transforming Hackney, but we need a little help. If you would like to help, you can make a donation via telephone, or on-line banking:
our account name is Hackney Unites,
Unity Trust Bank,
Sort Code 08-60-01
Account number: 20245706.

Alternatively you can write a cheque and send it to Hackney Unites C/O HCVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street London, E8 2LY.

Some of our supporters help by donating a regular sum, between £1 – £5 per month. If you would like to join them, you can download a standing order form from http://tinyurl.com/cjcrqqd (please complete and return to us) or set this up via telephone banking.

Please help spread the word
We value your continued support. However, if you no longer wish to receive notifications from us, please click the unsubscribe button. Equally, if you value our updates, please forward them onto friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to sign up to our mailing list; http://eepurl.com/bPJDH to receive regular updates.

Many thanks for your support

John Page
Hackney Unites

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