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Town Hall wants views on preserving neighbourhoods

PUBLISHED: 20:30 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

PUBLIC consultations begin on Monday (June 9) to decide the future of 18 conservation areas in London’s East End’s and proposals for seven more. Town Hall bosses want to know what the public thinks of their plans for preserving neighbourhoods. A six-week public consultation from June 13, to July 25 has been set aside, plus three open meetings next week

PUBLIC consultations begin on Monday (June 9) to decide the future of 18 conservation areas in London's East End's and proposals for seven more.

Town Hall bosses want to know what the public thinks of their plans for preserving neighbourhoods.

A six-week public consultation from June 13, to July 25 has been set aside, plus three open meetings next week.

A conservation area means Tower Hamlets council has more control over the demolition of unlisted buildings, where trees are protected and where there are tough controls on public street advertising. It is defined as an area of special architectural or historic importance, the appearance of which is "desirable to preserve or enhance."

Conservation areas where boundary changes are being considered are Albert Gardens in Stepney, Coldharbour on the Isle of Dogs, Fournier Street and Brick Lane in Spitalfields, three areas in Bethnal Green at Jesus Hospital Estate, Bethnal Green Gardens and Globe Road, St George's Town Hall in Shadwell, three in Limehouse at York Square Narrow Street and St Anne's Church, Whitechapel Market, Driffield Road in Bow, Langdon Park in Poplar, Stepney Green, Bow's Roman Road, Victoria Park and two areas of Wapping at Pier Head and Wapping Wall.

The proposed new conservation areas are Brickfield Gardens, Hackney Road, Old Bethnal Green Road, Regents Canal between Copperfield Road and Canal Road, Fish island neighbourhood at Hackney Wick, Wilton Music Hall off Cable street and Redchurch Street.

The first public meeting is 7pm Monday at the Town Hall in Mulberry Place, Blackwall, focussing on Wilton's, Fish Island, Brickfield Gardens, Regent's Canal, St George's Town Hall, Roman Road, Dirffield Road, Victoria Park, Globe Road, Langdon Park and Stepney Green.

The second meeting is two days later, Wednesday at 7pm, at Bethnal Green's Oxford House centre in Derbyshire Street, off Bethnal Green Road, focuses on Coldharbour, Albert Gardens, Narrow Street, St Anne's church, St George's Town Hall, Wapping Wall, Pier Head and York Square.

The third meeting the following day, next Thursday at 7pm, is at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park, focussing on Old Bethnal Green Road, Hackney Road, Redchurch Street, Bethnal Green Gardens, Whitechapel Market, Jesus Hospital Estate and Fournier Street-Brick Lane.

Maps of the proposed alteration of conservation areas are available from June 13 at Idea stores and public libraries.


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