Peacocks Round 2
Apologies for the short notice on this, but I have only today received it my myself. As some of you may be aware, an application to Hackney Council to redevelop 51-57 Kingsland High Street (the current site of Peacocks’ shop, next to Dalston Kingsland Station) was rejected last year, in part I believe because of pressure exerted on the council by local residents (it was an interesting design but far from ‘in keeping’ with the rest of the high street). Now there are new plans afoot. The Council is holding a public exhibition on these new plans, to include images and detailed information of the proposal, in the CLR James Library, here in the Square, Wednesday of this week (11th July). The exhibition will be open from 12 noon until 19.30, and members of the project team will be there to answer questions. Below is the info leaflet I received this afternoon (click on the images for the full-size version).
As a reporter, I try to make my stories as balanced as possible. So I shall keep my views about the proposed Peacocks development private. All I shall say about it is that from the time I came across the scheme in its first version to the present and tomorrow’s promised unveiling, I have been flummoxed by secrecy on the part of the site owner, the (would-be) developer and councillors. The aim is to control the news. Paradoxically, of course, such attempts only make journalists more not less determined to uncover what somebody somewhere wants others not to know. Here is all I know so far http://lovingdalston.co.uk/2012/07/dalston-green-at-peacocks-is-back-is-it-badder/
Tuesday, 10 July, 2012 at 3:38 pm