A website & blog for residents (and neighbours) of Dalston Square

Welcome to Dalston Square

Hello and welcome to the website of the Dalston Square Residents' Association. Please sign up (below right) for email updates (we promise not to spam you or give your email address to 3rd parties). Also, to ask us a question, 'meet' your neighbours, or simply find out what’s going on in our local community, do please check out our Forum. We are also now on Twitter: @DalstonSquareRA


The Residents’ Buildings and Maintenance Committee

The Residents Association set up a ‘Buildings’committee from the first days of the complex opening. The committee works closely with FirstPort to ensure our buildings are well maintained. 

The ‘Buildings Committee’ meets four times a year. Face to face with First Port regional and local managers.  A resident always chairs the meetings. Our aim is to ensure that our buildings, and all common areas, (lobbies, stairwells, corridors, roof terraces, garages, lifts etc) are kept in good order. The committee also considers the longer term upkeep of the buildings.

We get sight of FirstPort’s budget and their Asset Management Plan to help ensure proper measures are taken to buffer against future large item expenditures.

While FirstPort deal with day to day maintenance issues as they arise, the committee maintains its own ‘Repair and Maintenance Log’ of items raised by residents. We check on progress at each meeting. Any resident can attend this meeting or add an item to the Log.

The minutes of the last meeting are available in hard copy for residents only.  They can be obtained from the Site Manager’s office in Gaumont Tower, during office hours. Ask the concierge desk for directions or contact Gerald Bernard the Site Manager directly if you want a copy.

Future meetings and agendas will be advertised on this site. Next meeting is scheduled for June the 8th 10 am.

All residents are welcome to attend. Please contact First Port offices to express interest.


Welcome & Easter Egg Hunt report

Welcome to the Dalston Square Residents Association website

The ‘DSRA’ is composed of volunteers who represent residents’ interests.  We hold regular meetings with FirstPort to ensure the best level service and ensure our money is well spent. We are a welcoming group. If you want to help organize a social event or join a committee, please get in touch!

We have two working ‘committees’; The ‘Finance Committee’ which reviews First Port’s budget and accounts; and a ‘Buildings Committee’ which works closely with the Site Manager to ensure standards of upkeep, cleaning and maintenance meet requirements.

The aim of this website is to keep residents informed of our activities and events.

Upbeat 2018 Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to all those residents and children who turned up for this lively event! It was very good to meet some new neighbours, sip hot tea and coffee, drink wine and to enjoy some roof top sunshine and warming spring air.

The Thomas – Burke roof garden proved an ideal place to hide chocolate eggs. Thanks to all those who brought them along and especially for Gerald Bernard for his generous contribution!

There were plenty of keen and energetic children to add to the mix.  There were several ‘hunts’ organized as little hands delved into the shrubbery and grasses. Over a hundred chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes were found, consumed or smuggled home.

Hopefully the event will become a Dalston Square Easter tradition.

The DSRA usually holds a late summer (September) roof top garden party. Interested in helping? Get in touch with the DSRA via the letter box in Gaumont Tower or by email.


Easter Egg Hunt


Cultural events in the Square?

Have you ever felt that the Square could be enlivened? Do you want to help create a sense of community? A sense of things going on in the Square on those warm summer days?Hackney Council Arts.jpgLucy McMenemy the energetic Hackney Arts and  Culture coordinator and driver is keen to hear from residents in the Square.
Join in and make yourself heard!


Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

The Garden is at risk and we need your help!
Hackney Council are gathering views from the public on the development of buildings and land that they own in and around Dalston Lane and Ashwin Street. This consultation is the first stage in a process that will decide the future of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. It’s vital that we demonstrate to Hackney Council the Garden’s importance to our community, now and in the future and we need your help to do this.

The ‘Dalston Quarter Development Principles Public Consultation’ document outlines Hackney Council’s plans for the area and they are now inviting public responses. To help inform visitors about this process, we are organising a series of events at the Garden. These drop-in sessions offer the opportunity to hear more about the history and background to the Council consultation and to discuss how your response can best help support the future of the Garden.

The first of these “Future of the Curve Garden” events will take place here on:
Saturday 25 February, 2-6pm
Monday 27 February, 4-8pm
Tuesday 28 February, 4-8pm

All events will take place inside the Pineapple House, which is cosy and warm. The ‘Dalston Quarter’ consultation will continue until 17 April 2017 and we will inform you of additional dates for ‘Future of the Curve Garden’ events taking place here in the coming weeks. If you have any further questions or suggestions at this stage or would like to volunteer some time to help the Garden during this process, please do drop us an email at info@dalstongarden.org

Your participation in this consultation process is vitally important and we look forward to seeing you here soon, so that together we can help safeguard the future of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden!


Festive Social


Dalston square security issues

Dear Resident

A distribution list has been set up to keep you informed.

We are aware of the security issues regarding Thomas/Burke and Ocean/Dekker and endeavour to resolve. Today I had a meeting with the door manufacturer who has said that the fixing of the maglocks may need to be addressed. The company that fitted the maglocks will be attending tomorrow. Once they attend, we can look at what appropriate action needs to be taken to remedy this situation.

I had a conversation and a meeting today with the police and gave them CCTV images of offenders that I managed to capture. May I please ask that dates and times are recorded if you come across any incidents; I can then see if anything can be captured on CCTV to assist the police.

With regards to the Concierge and what they can do:-

I would firstly point out that they are not security guards and we cannot expect them to put themselves in a situation where they could be confronted with violence or aggression. I know that the Concierge have confronted various youths to date but residents need to understand that they are not an authority with any power (only the Police have authority and power) and they cannot be expected to put themselves in a position of danger.

Whilst the Concierge can of course phone the police, we would urge as many residents to phone the police as possible as they always work on statistics. If their records show a large number of calls from the Square, they are more likely to send someone down. One phone call from the Concierge will do nothing to help in this regard.



Le Ziz

Dear Residents,

If you are unhappy with the way Le Ziz Restaurant is further encroaching into the square with its tables and wind breaks, and generally think it looks a bit tatty and lets the square down, you can write to Councillor Peter Snell to voice your opinion. The council have a responsibility to maintain the integrity of the square. The more voices we have the more likely the council will listen and respond. So please get in touch!

Thank you


Peter snell email: Peter.Snell@hackney.gov.uk

The Drawing Imaginarium

The Drawing Imaginarium, Anorak’s very own festival of fun, is back!

First launched to celebrate our 10th anniversary, The Drawing Imaginarium is now a travelling festival and will be back in London for a special Autumn edition.  HOORAY!

Held on the 8th and 9th October at Dalston Square (London E8) and kindly supported by Hackney Council, it is a free two day event designed to encourage creativity… and silly fun too!

You are ALL warmly invited to let your imagination go wild with workshops and activities such as a Happy Birthday Life Drawing Class, felt dolls making workshops, Pam & Tom dolls house, Jolly Jellyfish activity, a paper garden complete with bugs and flowers and much more. Our friends, travelling children’s bookshop How Brave is the Wren will host a Phaidon Kids pop-up too.

For more details around the programming, please click here.

We hope that you will ALL come along and/or tell all your friends and family about it. Let us know if you are planning to come along by  here.

Can’t wait to see you there!


Hackney One carnival – 11/09/2016

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TP24 downlighter bulbs

The issue off the dodgy TP24 downlighter bulbs in flats on southwest side of Square  (i.e. Sledge Tower and others)
Yes there seems to be a problem with many of  TP24 long-necked bulbs set up in ceiling of Kitchen areas blowing inside of a year of their installation. While followup this up  I contacted the people who sell the TP24 yesterday ( http://www.tp24.com/shop/all-products/lamps-bulbs)  for some replacement bulbs ( 3 5.50 each) and they told me to guarantee them into the future, to  ‘register’ my  fresh purchase of the  what they call the ‘replacement bulb’ ( see ref number below) which will guarantee them for 2 years. .
It does all seem very tedious but hopefully they have designed a new bulb with a better life span
For those residents who are still within the five-year life span guarantee for their flat. It would be worth contacting Barratt Homes customer service to see if you can claim the cost of the bulbs from them.
Their ref to bulb is 8722 LED 3W Opaque Spot L1/GU10 Cap (2886, 2884 & 2318 Replacement)

Hyperoptic Broadband Offer

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I signed up to Hyperoptic and arranged installation the following week. Online sign up was easy and quick, all details were emailed to me with instructions of whats happening and when.

On the day of the installation the engineer turned up on time, dressed smart and ready to go. I offered him a drink but he said he wouldn’t be here long enough – 5 minutes later he was done. I tested it and sure enough i was hitting download and upload speeds well over 800kbps which is astounding. The price, ease of installation and the speed are all factors that make this the best choice for Dalston Square residents.

Use the code above: CHAMPQ3 when ordering to receive £50 off your bill.

Thames House – Notification of Pre-Application Consultation

DSRA Information

Keeping residents informed.

We have been advised of two upcoming events to present plans for the development of the Thames House site on Hartwell street, off Dalston Lane.

The proposal is for a mixed-use scheme with a 50/50 mix of commercial and residential space. 41 new homes will be provided, 50% of which will be affordable. Of these affordable homes, 60% will be available for affordable rent and 40% as shared ownership.

We are holding two events near to the site on Saturday 18th and Sunday 21st June at:

  • Saturday 18th June 14:00-17:00 at Halkevi – Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre
  • Monday 20st June 17:00-20:00 at the Eastern Curve Garden

Here is a link to the information leaflet

DSRA June 2016 Update

Dalston Square Residents’ Association

The DSRA depends on a small group of actively engaged residents. While we don’t know about everything that goes on in such a large complex we do keep an eye on the main issues that affect our welfare and finances.

The main ‘current’ issues have been the recent call for more chances to meet fellow residents- which we responded to by organizing a very successful roof top garden social on May21st – attended by over 70 residents on the first warm day of the summer. Thanks to all those who contributed! The atmosphere was very positive. Many of us learnt about Erika’s fantastic colourful roof garden and several new volunteers to help tend it came forward in true community sprit.

The other issues concern:

  • Restaurant kitchen odours that continue to affect some flats on the east side of the Square. Barratt have agreed to retro installation of a fully integrated restaurant kitchen smoke extraction system. Slow progress and we continue to put pressure on the builders. The Council have asked, and are waiting for a planning submission as there are technical issues to be resolved. Watch this space for developments.
  • Skateboarding is causing distress to families living on lower floors in flats that overlook the Square: personal appeals and ‘soft’ intervention by the Council’s Street Wardens has helped. However the Council has agreed that ‘no skateboarding’ signs are needed, and will be installed soon. Meanwhile residents should register their complaints on Hackney’s Noise Pollution website.  It is possible to call for the Street Wardens. The number is available via the Concierge.
  • Service Charges continue to be a cause for concern. The DSRA has established a ‘Finance Committee’ which meets to go over First Port’s accounts for the Square. In brief, it has taken some time to get a full understanding of First Port’s costs and charges. Vigilance is essential. We are always seeking new members for this committee. If you have a strong interest contact the DSRA via this website or put a note in the DSRA letter box in Gaumont Tower Concierge reception.
  • Maintenance of the Square. The Square belongs to the Council and we have chased the relevant parties to ensure they maintain the green spaces and manage the litter situation. As its use increases with the arrival of more restaurants, we have pressed for high standards. Kim, the street operative, does a good job in difficult circumstances. Those of us who know her appreciate her positive outlook and care for the Square. If you have a chance to pay her your respect personally please do so.

The DSRA has been in operation since the Square opened to its first residents. It has chased and successfully seen resolved hundreds of issues. The Developer, Management Agents and the Council listen to us because we are firm and persistent while maintaining a positive working relationship.

If you are interested in joining a committee please get in touch via the website.

Exclusive DriveNow Membership offer

Dalston Square residents can now take advantage of this limited offer for free lifetime membership with DriveNOW

DriveNow is the on-demand, flexible car sharing scheme operating across the London boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Islington, and the southern part of Waltham Forest. We’re delighted to be able to offer FREE lifetime membership to all followers of Dalston Square Resident’s Association.

DriveNow How to Video

Here’s how DriveNow works:

Find it – Find your nearest BMW or MINI with the DriveNow app on your phone or tablet.

Drive it – Drive by the minute and only pay when you drive the car – fuel, tax and insurance are all included in the price.

Drop it – Being fully flexible just leave the car in any residents’ bay or pay and display bay within the DriveNow business area for free.

To celebrate BMW’s 100th birthday we our dropping our prices for the summer, now starting for as little as 29p/min. That’s just £4.35 for a 15 minute journey.

With no annual membership fee or ongoing costs, experience the flexibility of a car without the hassle of ownership.

Please contact jake.baldry@drive-now.com. to claim your FREE lifetime membership.



I was issued my membership, received my card and everything was easy and ready to go.

Not sure when i would use it, but not long after i had set it up the day came. I took my partner and daughter with our new little puppy to watch the Hackney half marathon and then spend some time at london fields. The sun was shining and after a relaxing play in the park we were all tired, a quick look on my DriveNow App and i can see there is a car less than 2 minutes walk away. I suggested we head down, my partner was sceptical that my phone would open the car and that it would all work. I was dreading the ‘i told you so’ situation that was on the horizon. But I’m pleased to say the whole thing worked with very little ease. the car was easily located – the App unlocked it and my PIN number started the car. We were in a very lovely brand new BMW i3 – We headed home everyone on board parked it up over the road in a pay and display parking bay (we didn’t have to pay its all covered with DriveNow) set the car to end the rental, got out locked it with the app and walked over the road to home. My honest opinion is it couldnt have been any easier.