Dalston garden faces threat on top of funding cut

Haven in heart of E8 will be cycle-jogging-walkway

DOUBTS about the future of the welcoming Eastern Curve Garden near the mural have been raised by the news that the large adjacent site will be cleared for property development.

Mike Hughes, head of development for Criterion Capital, which owns the Kingsland Centre and its car park, at London E8 2LX, told Loving Dalston: “I agreed to the Eastern Curve Garden on the basis that it was temporary.

“We have an ambition to turn the Eastern Curve into a public boulevard but not a vehicular route.

“We’re creating a new street — allowing cycling, running, walking… a new public [Hughes’s emphasis] space on the Eastern Curve route — from Dalston Junction to the railway bridge [Martel Place car-park entrance].

The garden, pictured in August 2011, was funded largely by the London Development Authority. This unit of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s political empire is to be dismantled next spring.

Robert Beasley of the LDA said: “We are considering funding for 2011-2012 for the wider Making Space In Dalston project, which will include revenue funding for the Eastern Curve Garden. But this has yet to be approved. In the longer term, the garden will be developing a business plan and looking to bid for funding from other sources from 2012-13 onwards.”

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