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.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Petition: stop "temporary" building & roads on parkland

Petition to save the fields
behind the Ice Rinks

Why This Is Important

There are endangered species on the land adjacent, there are brownfield sites nearby that could be used and this area is utilised vastly by the public. This is green belt land and the planning process has not been followed appropriately, some 600 local residents have not been consulted.

Call me a sceptic...

The huge 3 storey high "temporary" basketball courts come with bitumen access road and car park, with security fencing and lights.

A great many far less substantial "temporary" buildings in Hackney have ended being all but permanent, usually because the money isn't there to replace them with a proper permanent building.

In this case it will be because the money isn't there to return the land to its natural state..  ...unless the money is in place now, securely ring-fenced with a contractual obligation (with penalties) to return the land to the condition it was in by a set date.

If the building finds a use that delivers an income to the council after the Olympics, the temptation to keep it will be irresistible - unless not to would cost even more.

David White

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