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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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New Business, Better Business

Rent, rubbish, ASB – what are the main problems facing businesses in our East Shoreditch area?


Business-owners and managers are invited to come to a special breakfast meeting on Friday 7th August, in Counter Albion on Redchurch Street, from 8 to 9am.

Feedback will be incorporated into the next big consultation event around the draft Neighbourhood Plan at Rochelle School on Sunday
October 11th. Games for children, bouncy castle. All very welcome. Watch this space for details.

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Forward, Planning !

The Neighbourhood Planning committee met recently, courtesy of the new Counter Albion cafe, for our second discussion about the draft plan. We’re thinking about the things you told us that you don’t like in the neighbourhood and working out how Council planners can make improvements when they make their planning decisions. We’d love to beautify all those derelict corners of our part of Weavers ward that you pointed out, and make the area more people-friendly (less traffic and fewer fumes).

Our first theme – ‘Public Realm and Open Spaces’ will hopefully deliver some of those ideas.

Our first discussion about the draft plan mainly focussed on how to turn ideas into planning policy. We’ve had great support from our consultant (courtesy: Planning Aid for England) and a past member of the Tower Hamlets planning team who knows how it all comes together.
Rochelle School kindly hosted that meeting so we got to try some canteen food. An added bonus in working towards a Neighbourdood Plan is that we get to try all the local cafes and meeting places.
As a side-activity, we also took part in an exercise to test the quality of the air in our area, under the guidance of the London Sustainability Exchange.. This involved a bit of daring, finding places to attach a test tube that would record the amount of pollution. Pictured is Rebecca, investigating Redchurch Street. The level of pollution there turned out to be only just below the approved EU level.

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Finding a Common Vision

We’ve been collecting ‘Wishes’  -  what people think about the area and how East Shoreditch could be a pleasanter and more efficient place in which to live and to work.

On Sunday Nov 2nd, we are going to bring all ideas together in a drop-in community day, and shape them further. Come and hear what people have thought so far,  and put in your own ideas. Together we will aim to make a larger Carpet of Wishes.

 Vision flyer Workshop.

There’ll be a short formal Annual General Meeting at 10.30am with a report of actions so far. After that we’ll look at and discuss the ideas that have come up, and have a chance to hear about other visions too, over locally-sourced food at lunchtime.  By 4pm,  with everyone’s help. we believe we’ll have an outline agreement on the next step for our Neighbourhood Plan.

Vision 5flyer Workshop.


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East Shoreditch neighbourhood team have been on a ‘Talk & Chalk’ mission, asking local businesses what improvements they would like to see. We invited shops on Redchurch Street to share their ‘Three Best Ideas for the Area’. We got a fantastically enthusiastic response and lots of great ideas to work into the Neighbourhood Plan.
Here’s a few examples of what they had to say:
- Pedestrianise Redchurch Street
- Or create a ‘shared surface’, where people are not less important than cars
- Let’s develop the village-y feeling
- Co-ordinate rubbish collections, so umpteen trucks don’t come and go
- Graffiti watch, to stop acid-etching of shop windows
Here’s a few of our neighbours, all looking pleased with their big ideas….
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    Get involved and help plan the future of the East Shoreditch Neighbourhood
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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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