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Hackney’s Streets Reimagination

Jon Burke

The Town Hall’s public realm boss has promised a complete reimagination of Hackney’s streets as the Council attempts to combat the climate emergency and address urban air quality.

Cllr Jon Burke (Lab, Woodberry Down) announced last week that Dalston’s Colvestone Crescent would be the first highway to become the borough’s first 21st Century Street.

Workshops are to take place with residents to create a large green space, alongside many more trees and infrastructure for bikes and electric vehicles.

Cllr Burke has pledged that the council’s work on these measures will extend to radically change both Dalston and Hackney as a whole.

He said: “I’m confident that, when we deliver that street, based on principles underpinned both by climate science and the latest science on cooling cities, and mitigating against urban heat island effect, we’ll struggle to cope with the demand from other streets in the borough who will want to do this.

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