Following the success of our Pop up Park event, held as part of Car Free Day in September 2017, we would like to offer you the chance to have a community parklet on your street.
We have committed to reducing the dominance of cars on our roads in our transport strategy. "Approximately 70% of our residents don't own a vehicle, yet the kerbside remains dominated by parking" (Hackney transport strategy). Using our kerbside space, for something other than car storage, is an opportunity to improve the urban realm for our residents.
"The aspiration of our transport strategy is to transform Hackney's places and streets into the most attractive and liveable neighbourhoods in London. However, this can only be achieved by reducing the dominance of private motor vehicles, both in terms of traffic and congestion on our roads and managing excessive parking on our streets".
Community parklets repurpose a parking space on the street where you live, for community uses other than the storage of cars. They can include planters, benches, games, notice boards or anything that your creativity and inventiveness can come up with.
Do you want a community parklet of your own?
We are inviting ideas for community parklets on residential streets and will be supporting the 15 best proposals in the first trial phase. Shortlisted proposals will be asked to submit detailed designs before the final selections are made.
Successful parklets will be in place for between 1 and 6 months so that their effects can be judged. The most effective and well used ones will have the opportunity of becoming permanent. This will involve further consultation with local residents.
Initial applications can be made between 25 July and 26 August 2018. A second round of applications will be possible later in 2018 or early 2019 (dates tbc). Please submit your email below to be alerted.
If you become a parklet keeper, you will be responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of your parklet, so this is a great chance to be part of how your neighbourhood develops. Parklets can be designed and managed by groups of neighbours or individuals.
We are offering grants of up to £150 to help with the costs of proposals that are selected for delivery.
The community parklet programme is available to Hackney residents. Applying for a parklet is simple:
1. Read the parklet design guidance, which gives a full explanation of the process
2. Come up with a proposal
What kind of parklet do you want to create?
3. Discuss with your neighbours and get their support
- community parklets letter of support template [pdf, 244.65Kb]
- community parklets letter of support template [doc, 17.62Kb]
4. Complete the application form
We don't need detailed drawings at this stage.
We will look at all the proposals and shortlist the most promising.
5. Post notices
Post notices on your street to let people know you have applied.
6. Shortlisted proposals
Shortlisted proposals will be asked to produce detailed designs, a maintenance plan, evidence of local support and evidence of public liability insurance.
7. Site visits
We will arrange a site visit to discuss your plan.
What happens next?
We will select the most promising 15 proposals to take forward.
Don't worry if you don't get selected in this first round. We plan to grow the scheme beyond this initial trial and you are welcome to resubmit your proposal in future rounds.
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