Monday, 30 May 2011

Dalston Junction southern entrance opens - and the 488 bus is soon to arrive...

Transport for London have announced that from Saturday June 4th the 488 bus route with extended to the new Dalston Junction bus interchange.

At the same time Tfl, who both run London Overground and oversee London Buses,  have opened the southern entrance to Dalston Junction station (see the pathway to the left of the picture below). 

De Beauvoir Councillors and local London Assembly member Jennette Arnold have previously written to TfL about the ongoing closure of the station's southern entrance. It's really good to see it's finally been opened.

The 488 bus route currently runs between Bromley-by-Bow and Clapton Pond via Bow Church, Old Ford and Homerton Hospital. The extension with mean the bus continues from Clapton Pond via Kenninghall Road roundabout, Kenninghall Road, Rendlesham Road, Downs Road, Rectory Road, Shacklewell Lane, Kingsland High Street, Kingsland Road and Forest Road to Dalston Junction station.

You can find more from TfL on this here.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

De Beauvoir Marketplace - got something you want to sell? Sign up now!

It’s not too late for people to sign up as exhibitors for the first ever De Beauvoir Marketplace, taking place in St Peter's Crypt on Sunday June 12th.

If you’re a local shopkeeper, plumber, electrician, architect, garden designer, accountant, cabinet maker, plasterer, painter and decorator, upholsterer, newsagent, grocer, greengrocer, pub landlord, artist, furniture restorer, gardener, general handyperson, run a car repair workshop or have any other trade or craft, then this is your chance to meet your neighbours and get better known locally without spending a fortune on advertising.

The idea of the event - being run for the first time this year - to give local businesses a chance to get more widely known within De Beauvoir, and for people to barter for goods and services if they wish.

The organisers are also keen for you to take part if you have a hobby and would like to make some money from it, whether that be sewing, knitting, crochet, home-made greetings cards, plant cuttings and seedlings, baked goods or delicious ethnic food.

The cost will be very low to exhibitors: £10 for businesses, £5 for sole traders and free for deserving causes. Anyone who can't attend in person on the day can pay £5 to leave publicity material for distribution.

If you'd like to take part in what promises to be a great event please email for more information or with any questions. Entry to the public will be free and will include light refreshments, so organisers are hoping for a great turnout.

And if you don't want to exhibit - please put June 12th in your diary and come along to see what De Beauvoir has to offer! The event takes place from 2-5pm in St Peter’s Crypt under St Peter's Church on De Beauvoir Road.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Tomorrow: Roving Surgery on Kingsgate Estate

From 1 o'clock tomorrow Rob, Gulay and Tom will be on Kingsgate Estate estate and in the surrounding roads speaking to residents as part of the monthly roving surgery. Please do get in contact either by email or phone if you'd like us to call on you.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Listen to your gut...

Yakult's most recent TV advert has some rather familiar buildings in the background! Great to see De Beauvoir starring on the small screen...

As you may know, the area has a long association with the TV and film - Gainsborough Studios, in the south of the ward by Shoreditch park, were once one of London's major film studios. In commemoration, the new development that stands in its place has a statue of Alfred Hitchcock in its courtyard. Probably best not to ask what he'd have made of yoghurt adverts being made just across the canal!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

De Beauvoir welcomes David Miliband

Former Shadow Foreign Secretary and Movement for Change founder David Milband MP visited Hackney last night as the guest of Meg Hillier MP and we were pleased to be able to host him in De Beauvoir.

Speaking at the An Viet restaurant on Englefield Road he congratulated Hackney's Councillors and Mayor Jules Pipe on the achievements of the Council over the past decade, in particular paying tribute to the role played in improving education in the borough.

He also touched on themes he thought would define political conversation over the coming years - including the economy, the environment, and globalisation - and talked about his plans for the future, including teaching citizenship at his old school, and his work to grow the Movement for Change. M4C is a London Citizens-style community organising organisation focused on allowing the Labour Party to connect with voters at a local level in places where the party doesn't have local councillors.

If you are on twitter you can follow David Miliband here - and recent arrival Meg Hillier can be found here where you can find tweets from her on being Hackney South's MP and shadow climate change secretary.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Trolley Stop

The owners of the Trolley Stop pub on Stamford Road have applied to convert the pub into two residential flats. If the application is approved, the change will mark a significant step forward in the campaign by local residents and De Beauvoir's councillors to ensure the area is not adversely impacted by Dalston's night time economy.

In January 2011 the owners of the Trolley Stop were granted a licence to open it until 1am. Their barrister successfully persuaded Hackney's Licencing Committee that the pub formed part of Dalston's night time economy, despite numerous objections from local residents.

The De Beauvoir Councillors strongly supported the residents in their complaints. It is clear that the Trolley Stop is in Stamford Road, which is in a residential street. Therefore it should be treated as a neighbourhood pub rather than as part of Dalston's nightlife.

We have worked alongside residents to prevent late night opening from occurring, including applying pressure to the owners, and exploring the opportunity of an appeal against the licence.

It now appears that the owners have accepted the arguements of residents that they will be significantly impacted by a late night venue opening in their street. We welcome this change of heart, have written to support it, and look forward to their application being approved.

You can see the application here. Comments are open until May 18th and the application is likely to go to the July meeting of the Council's Planning Committee.

Please do get in touch if you have any comments or questions.