We have been busy meeting people including councillors and Hackney Council officers, trying to push our case with them. We have also been writing letters, and reaching out to fellow activists and the media. Most importantly we have been speaking with our local community, and have found them to be overwhelmingly opposed to the council's proposals. All the while we have continued to use the play decks, both for our children and for community events.
To: Hackney Council
SAVE OUR PLAY DECKS at Lincoln Court
We the undersigned would like Hackney Council to drop their plans to take the play space from Lincoln Court estate in Hackney, London N16.
The residents of the estate, and the street, have been fortunate in that a proper amount of play space was included for local children when the estate was designed in the 1960s, and this has benefited generations of local residents over the last 50 years. However in March 2018 Hackney Council wrote to the residents of Lincoln Court and Bethune Road to tell them they would be taking almost all the play space on the Lincoln Court estate to build new housing largely intended for profit.
We are campaigning to stop Hackney Council taking this play space, and would appreciate your support.
Why is this important?
A child’s right to play, and to have space to play, are human rights enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This recognises the fundamental role that play has for the health, development and wellbeing of children, and it is incumbent upon states parties to ensure these rights are protected.
The recognition of these rights, and the importance of play space to communities, are clearly defined in national, London and Hackney planning policy, which make requirements for the provision of adequate play space a key factor in good place making.
The proposals Hackney Council have put forward would have the effect of removing almost all the dedicated play space on the Lincoln Court estate, in a part of London that Hackney has identified as already deficient in play space. It is contrary to planning policy, and to public assurances given by the Mayor of Hackney, and Hackney Council, that their Housing Supply Programme would lead to 'no loss of play space'.
These play decks are where our children built their first snowmen, where they learnt to ride their bicycles, and where they kick a ball around with friends.
Please sign our petition and help us Save Our Play Decks.
If you would like to know more about our campaign please visit our website at https://lincolncourtn16.wordpress.com
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