Thousands have their say on future of Dalston – now it’s your turn
Residents, businesses and visitors in Dalston will get the opportunity to directly tell the Council their ambitions for their community at a major event this month.
More than 3,000 people have already had their say about the future of the area in the Dalston Conversation since the campaign launched two months ago.Now the Council will bring together hundreds of people from across Dalston’s different communities for a conversation about what its priorities should be to ensure that the growth of the area brings opportunities for everyone.
Dalston’s population has gone up 12% in just four years, and the prospect of Crossrail 2 – a proposed high-speed train line that would link the town centre directly to north, central and south-west London – means developers and landowners are likely to want to build more tall buildings in the area.
While some of these changes will be out of the Council’s control, it wants to make sure it is using every tool at its disposal to maximise the benefits of growth – whether that’s better public spaces, getting the right new buildings in the right places or ensuring everyone has access to new jobs, education or arts and culture opportunities.
Dalston is seeing rapid social and economic change, which brings huge opportunities but also real challenges.
People have told us they feel left behind by this change – that they won’t be able to afford to live here, that new jobs won’t be for them, that their family simply won’t benefit.
New people and investment should be celebrated, but my vision is that our Council should bridge the gap between those that feel excluded and the massive opportunities a growing Dalston brings. We need your views on how to make that happen.