From Cllr P Snell
We’ve been rushing to finalise details of the Dalston Ward Forum meeting for the end of the month so we could advertise it alongside next Monday’s Police Liaison meeting (see the email from Tamsin below this one). Our meetings try to highlight every area of Dalston but there is no doubt that Gillett Square is our current focus, partly because of the Hackney Cooperative Development’s (HCD) redevelopment plans for the south of the Square. The Police say it has been their focus for attention over recent weeks as there has been an increase in crime and ASB since the summer. They will be joined by the Council’s Community Safety Team at Monday’s meeting to explain how they have worked together to address this in Gillett Square and across the whole of Dalston. This is the meeting where the Police ask us to determine their enforcement proprieties in Dalston for the coming months so don’t lose this opportunity to have your say.
Our Ward Forum meeting on Tuesday 28th November will be held in the Vortex Downstairs bar in Gillett Square as the Square is the focus for the meeting. Although the meeting starts at 19.00 you can turn up 30 minutes earlier to study the redevelopment plans with HCD architects or discuss how the Square could be made dementia friendly with Sandra Cater, Hackney’s Dementia Friendly Community Coordinator. Hackney has signed up to become a dementia friendly Borough and Sandra can explain what that means. In practise. We have been working hard with HCD and Council Officers to support better management of Gillett Square and want to share good practise and discuss our plans to improve it. To this end the agenda for the formal meeting from 19.30 will cover;
Anja Beinroth, & Edward Quigley, Hackney Cooperative Development; Animating the Square; past successes and the need to do more. Plans for the future.
Bianca Rembrandt, Hackney Community Safety Dalston Lead Officer; What to expect from the newly established seamless enforcement service.
Cory Defoe, Dalston Town Centre Manager; Future liaison with business and residents plus Town Centre overview.
There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. The meeting will end with an overview of current regeneration and planning issues in Dalston.
We only hold three Forum meetings per year and they are your best chance to keep up to date with what is happening in Dalston and make sure Soraya Adejare and I, as your Councillors, are working to deliver what you want. Please do come along to help us do that. We hope to see you there.