HERITAGE LOVERS HAVE WON their campaign to persuade Hackney council to save a slice of the borough’s history. The council has promised to preserve rare vintage street signs, some of them more than a century old.
The number of surviving nameplates has been dwindling fast. They bear either the northeast postal locator from the system that lingered in Hackney until at least 1917, despite having officially ended decades before, or the borough name of Stoke Newington. Stokey was absorbed by Hackney in 1965.
Preservationists were worried about Hackney’s policy of taking down weather-faded or vandalised signs. The town hall responded that street signs had to be easily read by the public.
Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, after intervening in a social media discussion on signs, sent Loving Dalston this statement: “No future heritage nameplates will be removed without [a council officer] having first consulted Planning and exploring all options to retain them.” Both he and the council were “committed to protecting these important examples of our local heritage, including how they can be locally restored”.
Hackney council said it would consult its planning department about old street signs it thinks should be taken down.
Dotan welcomes the news, saying: “Many of these signs have already lasted more than 100 years and will last 100 more with a lick of paint and proper restoration.”
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