Residents celebrate streets for people

There was a right old knees-up at a street party on John Campbell Road as residents celebrated the completion of a project to improve their street.

Residents of all ages got together in the sunshine on Sunday, 23 August, to celebrate and take advantage of the street improvements including reclaimed paving, trees and cycle parking that had been carried out as part of Hackney Council’s Streets for People scheme.

Adults spent time getting to know their neighbours and children played traditional street games like hop scotch and skittles. Representatives from local businesses including Rio Cinema and Stone Cave restaurant turned up to join the activities, and there was live music to entertain everyone.

Residents have welcomed the successful completion of the works as a great improvement. Eunice said: “The Street is brighter and wonderful.”

The John Campbell Road improvement scheme has created a new high quality street environment using natural, reclaimed materials that are in keeping with the existing character of the street as well as being environmentally sustainable.

It was undertaken by Hackney Council with funding from Transport for London’s Area Base Scheme programme to improve the streets around Gillett Square. The improvements works are at the forefront of the redevelopment of Dalston and include a completed scheme along Kingsland Passage and proposed works along Bradbury Street, Boleyn Road and the Crossway/Mildmay junction.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The Council is committed to improving the lives of its residents, businesses and visitors. With support form everyone involved, this streets improvement scheme has been a great success helping to make the area a more attractive place for people to visit.”

The Streets for People scheme is organised by the Council’s Streetscene Department.