More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

eTRA meeting 19th Nov '09 + Estate notes + new play area UPDATED 7th Nov



The poster artwork above is A3 - if you open it in another window then click on it, it will come up full size.

The meeting is at the "Alf Partridge Community Hall" on the corner of Prout Rd at 7pm on the 19th Nov '09.

This one is an "Enhanced" TRA meeting Meaning our Pinnacle estate manager, Hackney Homes officers and cllr Linda Kelly will be there. I look forward to the TRA welcoming our new estate manager Marcia Campbell.


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Estate Notes

The wardens will no longer be holding a Wed surgery at Beecholme.

Nowell Bell: 0777 222 7424
Kester Benjamin 0777 222 7524



The lift lobby will be getting a floor covering very soon. We have the grant so funds are in place. It's just a matter of actually making the final decision of type of covering, then ordering it.
Not as straightforward as you might think. I have a dozen samples of vinyl and carpet tiles.
Both run the risk of damage by cigarette burns and spills of everything from paint to cooking oil, hence tiles as they can be cheap enough to replace again and again.

I've talked to the cleaning staff and the depot manager and personally tend towards a patterned stain resistant carpet tile with possible a carpet protection strip running just between the entrance and the lift door. It might be easier to just replace the tiles when damaged.

The one thing no one has advised me on yet is the public liability insurance and whether carpeting in the lobby is covered. As soon as I find out I'll make the decision and go ahead.
See other lift lobby posts below.

I'm currently waiting for confirmation of the flame resisitance code the carpet has to meet - EN 13501-2002 or a newer or higher spec one (if one exists).

If you have an opinion please do contact me:
David White (Sec B&C TRA)
at the meeting or email:



The bin artwork - the backs now uncovered will be covered as soon as I get a chance to apply it. I am still waiting for the cactus design with the brickwork backgrounds to be printed but I do have all the leaves on grass ones. I'll need a hand so might ask you to help if you're a resident.



The new play area on the corner Millfields Park Nth, opposite stairwell to no 10-15 - should be going to planning very soon as it needs to be built by March next year.
It's the first of many proposed projects for Millfields as a whole - the Millfields Master Plan consultations have had 2 meetings so far and there will be more.
I missed the 2nd but will try and keep you informed. Come to the next eTRA meeting for more info.
The play area plan - managed risk - for 8 to 13 year olds (+- 3 or more years):

As you can see, it's a ramp some feet off the ground with a gap or two, with dens and play areas underneath. The ground underneath to be left with lots of tall grass and the boggy area left with just small sections being grassed over as places to sit with the family.

Very naturalistic and almost sculptural - the modern uptake on the adventure playground - on a limited budget.

As residents we warned the architects and planners that the risk of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, with teenagers taking over, possibly drug dealing and drinking is high but we were told it will get enough use by families to negate the possibility.

I have a feeling that anywhere else (with 1 or 2 exceptions) that may be true but in Hackney it has not been the case. Just take a look at other play areas. If you have an opinion please do go to the advertised consultation meetings for Millfields and check the Hackney council website.

Mind you, I'm not suggesting it shouldn't go ahead, just that a full time park warden or some sort of supervision is needed.


on this planning application - full details and links below
(Must be in by Wed 11 Nov)

I suggest something along the lines of (or copy this):

"ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND Planning application:
ref: 2009/2291
Planning officer: Evie Learman
Planning app address: Millfields Park North - Play Pathfinder

I believe the planned adventure playground should not go ahead without provision for a daytime supervisor and/or the ability for the playground to be secured at night.
 Our worry as residents is that it will be "taken over" by the worst elements of our youth at best or used by drug dealers/users and street drinkers at worst as they can use the ramp and "dens" (& undergrowth) as cover from both rain and prying eyes. This view is supported by the police as stated at the last ward CAP meeting - as reported by David White (Sec. of the Beecholme TRA and CAP member)
Sincerely, (your name, address & phone or email)."


4 ways to register your objection or comment:

1. Email your objection or comment to

2. or comment/object online at this link:


3. or phone Evie Learman on 0208 356 8245. Fax: 0208 356 8087

4. or drop it in/post to

Planning Officer Evie Learman
Planning Service,
263 Mare St,
London E8 3HT

NB: Make sure you leave your name, address & contact details or your comment will NOT be counted


link to the planning application on the Hackney Council website:

Playground Application


Millfields Park

The meetings have finished but you can get more info by contacting Bruce Irving (see poster above)
on 020 8356 4958 email

click on the poster above to see it full size


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