Numbers 48-76 have been leased by Hackney council to builder-developer Murphy to demolish and rebuild. Some of them have suffered mysterious fires over the years, which have also been marked by questionably motivated ownership swaps between big business and Hackney council.
The council has for years been telling residents how it aims to restore the buildings, but now seems to have given up any pretence that its stated objective of a “conservation-led” scheme for Nos 48-76 will be fulfilled. Which is why Lisa Shell is staging Saving Dalston Lane, an event to make “a last-ditch endeavour to save these significant buildings”. “I’m still on my mission to stop the unstoppable,” she told Loving Dalston.
The programme includes:
* Screening of Under The Cranes (director Emma-Louise Williams, 2011, 56 minutes). Based on writing by author-broadcaster Michael Rosen, and mixing archive footage with new film, this is described as “a lyrical, painterly evocation of Hackney, over several hundred years”. It questions the nature of so-called regeneration in the borough.
* Bill Parry-Davies, founder-leader of Open Dalston, which was set up to preserve the terrace, will present photographs depicting the terrace’s neglect and decline.
Shell added: “I am working to stop development on planning and conservation technicalities, to convince Hackney council of the shortsightedness of the proposed scheme and to inspire the council to make a U-turn in favour of a careful restoration and rehabilitation of the existing buildings.”
* Since this report was published, Bill Parry-Davies, Open Dalston lawyer, has persuaded the council that its planning permission to demolish needed a second look.
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* Saving Dalston Lane, Rio Cinema (good facilities for disabled people), 107 Kingsland High Street, Dalston E8 2PB, Sat 8 Feb 2014 at 1.30 pm. Free. See also Noticeboard.
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