Join Hackney's biggest-ever discussion about the borough
What changes have you seen in Hackney in the past decade? How have they affected you? And, how can the borough be improved for everyone?
These are the key questions in the Council’s biggest-ever project to listen to residents on how the changes in Hackney are affecting them, and to ask what they think can be done to help it remain a borough in which all who live in it are happy to call it home.
The consultation, called ‘Hackney: A Place for Everyone’, kicked off with a public debate involving a range of social experts in The City Academy, Homerton, in March.
Since then, questionnaires have been sent to every household and business in the borough, and the Council has been talking to its online citizens’ panels to gather thoughts, feelings and ideas for action. More than 1,700 people have responded so far.
Now, Council staff are out and about across the borough attending more than 40 locations, including markets, train stations, festivals, health services and cultural events to reach out to even more people.
If you see them, please take a few minutes to give them your thoughts, or tell the Council your stories on camera in the back of our specially-modified ‘I Love Hackney’ black cab, which is touring the borough with staff.
This consultation aims to identify how Hackney can be made a place where everyone can succeed, that everyone can enjoy, and where everyone can contribute to its success."There can be no doubt that Hackney is a far better place than it was 10 or 15 years ago – cleaner, safer, and with a far more dynamic local economy. It is a better place to live, to work and to raise a family. But that success has brought with it a whole new set of challenges centred on the widening gap between those who have benefited from that improvement and those who have not.
We want to create space for people to share their views about the way the borough is changing and to tell us how the change is affecting them, in both positive and negative terms.
We want people to share with us their ideas about how we can bring communities together, prevent greater polarisation, and protect what is best about Hackney.
The Council aims to speak to at least 3,000 residents by next spring.
Follow the consultation on Twitter using #Hackneydebate