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.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

OPPOSE the Planning App to demolish the TRAM DEPOT - Come to TOWN HALL

"I am writing to express my full support for the campaign to prevent the
demolition of the Tram Depot, a vital part of Hackney's townscape, history
and living culture."
                                               says Professor Ken Worpole

"I was happy to sign the (Tram Depot Arts Trust) petition, I think it
is a really visionary idea"
                                 says Diane Abbott MP
Supported by councillors Linda Kelly, Ian Rathbone and Deniz Oguzkanli
and the Hackney Society.
To destroy a locally unique, structurally sound historic building that coincidentally could have been purpose built for artists, craftsmen and allied light industry with very large rooms, high ceilings and huge skylights and which is currently full of artists and craftsmen (with a long waiting list) and which actually does make Clapton a center for art and craft in favour a development unwanted by residents and local organizations in an area already over-developed is simply wrong.


To build the most densely packed development in Hackney in an area that has already had far more than its fair share of unwanted development is just bad planning.

 • We want as many people as possible in the chamber and the public gallery.

• We also want people for a quiet demonstration outside before the meeting, with banners and signs - the press will be there.

Be outside the town hall by 5,30pm if you want to be in the demo before going into the meeting.
You can bring your own signs and banners - "NO TRAM DEPOT DEVELOPMENT" etc

Go to the main entrance between 6pm and 6.20pm
and just say "The planning sub-committee meeting please?" and you will be directed into the main chamber.

Once that is full you may be directed up to the public gallery.

Sit quietly and wait until agenda item 7 is announced - 38-40 Upper Clapton Road the Tram Depot - then all STAND UP TOGETHER to indicate you are there to oppose the application.

Do NOT speak out or yell anything.
You can hold up a sign or banner though.




Here's a version for email

Just right click on it and select "save image as"

It's 400 pixels wide x 323 pixels high.

For printing on inkjet:

A better quality version of the A5 leaflet above is available to download and print at:


For the history of the Tram Depot and lots more info including the full Objection from the Hackney Society and others see:

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