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UK: Campaign to save Clapton community garden pins hopes on 1980s mural

Community creation: the mural dates back to 1980. Photograph: DFF

Residents calling on council to rethink its house-building plans are worried the artwork could be lost – despite a vow to retain it

Hackney Citizen
May 8, 2018

Excerpt:

Ben Metz, who lives next to the garden, is calling on the council to withdraw the planning application until Historic England has completed its research.

He said: “Destroying or taking this mural away from the community would be an act of cultural vandalism.

“To proceed with a planning application without a full assessment of the site’s heritage value would be a serious error.”

The council did not respond when asked if it would withdraw its application until Historic England had completed its investigation.

DFF members, whose petition has attracted more than 600 signatures, have drawn up an alternative vision for the site, but Tissier says the council has “repeatedly refused to meet with us so we can design the development together”.

A Town Hall spokesperson said: “We have worked closely with the local community on proposals for 11 high quality new council homes for social rent and shared ownership to replace the underused garages and car park spaces at Daubeney Road.

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