Andrew Sissons, Head of Regeneration at Hackney Council, shares five projects in Clapton to get excited about
Plenty of improvements have been earmarked by Hackney Council for parks in and around Clapton. One of these is Mabley Green, where plans are already underway for a new all-weather sports pitch, play area, and an edible forest of fruit trees. The total investment is £860,000, and work is expected to be completed by Summer 2015.
2. Chatsworth Road market
This thriving Sunday market is going from strength to strength. Most stalls are run by traders who live in the local area, and the market also helps to bring people to the shops that surround it. The council is supporting the Chatsworth Road Traders and Residents Association’s Kickstart initiative, which allows local unemployed people to test out their business ideas for free on the market.
3. Ways into Work
Ways into Work is the Council’s recruitment service, which has been based at The Levy Centre on Lower Clapton Road since 2012. Last year, we worked with over 100 businesses and supported hundreds of Hackney residents into work. They’re keen to expand their offer to any Clapton businesses looking to recruit – more information can be found at www.hackney.gov.uk/wiw-employers.htm.
4. Clapton Park Housing Estate
The remarkable work of the Grass Roof Company and its community garden continues to provide brilliant spaces and resources for residents of Clapton Park, which includes allotments and an outdoor dining space.
5. Housing developments around Clapton Common
Buccleuch House* is a private development by Hanover, a provider of affordable retirement homes, in partnership with Hill Residential and Agudas Israel Housing Association. This development will include 41 ‘Extra Care’ units. These units will include apartments designed for older people, which will be offered at social rent. The development will also incorporate community rooms including a hairdressing salon and foyer area, with café facilities for people to meet and relax.
The scheme has won two Housing Design Awards so far – the 2013 Project Winner and the 2013 HAPPI Scheme.
* This is not a Hackney Council development