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Make It Happen !

What do we want for our area, East Shoreditch – grime or beauty? Polluted streets or green spaces? Over-stretched facilities or opportunities for young people?

Sunday October 11th is the chance to make your voice heard !

The East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Planning Forum is organising a community Fun Day at Rochelle School that aims to have something for everyone -

* clear explanation of the proposals the ESNPF has put together for the final Plan, after a year of consultation. (Bengali-Sylheti translators available if necessary.)
* raffle with fabulous prizes
* BBQ, bouncy castle and facepainting
* display of the game Boccia by St Hilda’s elders – and maybe an invitation to join in
* three crates of Lego for younger people to build models of their perfect houses
* Bubbles galore….!

Read the details of the 6 main proposals in the Comment Sheet attached, and if you can download and bring it with your own comments, get a ticket for free BBQ and Raffle.

Rochelle School, Arnold Circus/Club Row E2 7ES 11 – 4pm Sunday October 11th

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WANTED – Unsung Heroes and Heroines

Local activities have often been developed and maintained by committed local people who have worked quietly with dedication for years.

Tower Hamlets has launched a new award to recognise and celebrate these people.

Why not nominate people who have helped to improve life in the area for a Civic Award?

The deadline for nominations is December 31st 2013 and you can get further information from Tower Hamlets.

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The Happiness Factor

Commonplace: Is this area noisy or quiet?
Where’s the greatest feel-good place in our area? Or the worst feel-bad place?

On Sunday 17th November, we are going to start an exercise to find out. The digital organisation, CommonPlace, have developed a special app for our Neighbourhood Forum. Use it and you can register what you feel – and why – about different corners of our locality.

An early trial run turned up some surprising results, and helped us look at our area with fresh eyes.

Go along and have a try at Rich Mix on Sunday between 11am and 7pm.

But at the same time, we will also be moving around the streets in the vicinity, inviting anyone local to try out this visionary and extraordinary device – a totally new way of recording how people who live here feel about the place.

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An Amazing AGM

Photograph of three people discussing the map of the neighbourhood

Almost 40 local residents and local business representatives crammed in to the meeting room at St Hilda’s Community Centre for our first AGM.

Given the important of local voices in the new planning processes, we were thrilled by the number of people who turned out to hear about our progress to date.

The AGM voted to approve the proposed boundaries for the neighbourhood area – these now need to be submitted to the local authorities for public consultation; and a new management committee was elected. The minutes and papers from the AGM can be found in the Meetings section of the website.

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We’ve submitted!

Photo of neighbourhood planning pamphlets

East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Planning Forum’s designation documents have been submitted to the London Borough’s of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Since the AGM approved the proposed boundaries for the neighbourhood area, the forum has been busy finalising all the necessary papers for each of the local authorities. Watch this space for the next steps!

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Local consultation starts!

Consultation Poster

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has started its formal consultation on our application to establish a Neighbourhood Planning Forum and Area for East Shoreditch.

Under the new planning legislation, local authorities must consult on neighbourhood areas for a period of six weeks, so that any local interested parties can voice their opinions.

Consultation information can be viewed at, at Tower Hamlets Town Hall or Bethnal Green Library until 25 November 2013.

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What do you say?

Graffiti reading telepathic workshop'

Despite the pouring rain, we were delighted with the interest from local people who attended the first drop-in consultation event at St Hilda’s Centre. Just before we started, we captured the views of mothers leaving Virginia School. What did they say? Do more about dog mess, play spaces, and crime.

Back in the dry of St Hilda’s, more people joined us for tea and chats. The over-whelming view? The proposed boundary makes sense and reflects the geographical and social boundaries of the neighbourhood.

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Living and working inside the red line

A poster showing a map of the neighbourhood

We’ve spent the past weeks pounding the pavements, letting local people and businesses know about our plans so far. With the AGM and our first consultation event around the corner, it’s been important to generate local interest in the benefits of developing a neighbourhood plan.

Asking people ‘do you live or work inside the red line?’, we’ve printed 100s of posters and flyers that mark out the proposed boundaries for the plan. We’ve been asking people: what does it mean; how can it work; and why get involved?
We’re excited to hear your views at the consultation event!

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And we’re off!

two people discussing a map

Fifteen people from around the neighbourhood came to Rich Mix to view and discuss the work we’ve been doing on the development of ESNPF. At that inaugural meeting we discussed the proposed boundaries that are being consulted on; elected interim management committee members; and voted in our new consultation – not bad for an hour!

The first tasks of the new interim management committee: get a web site up and running; consult further on the edges and centre of our proposed boundaries for the plan; and prepare the designation documents for submission to the local authorities. Watch this space for further updates.

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    Get involved! This a golden opportunity to shape the future of our neighbourhood.

    John, local council member

    More vacant plots turned over to urban gardening!

    Armand, resident

    I’d like more green spaces, more places to relax

    Will, resident

    I’d like to see more community growing spaces

    Helen, works in the area
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