Saturday, 30 June 2012

  Springfield Ward Forum 2nd July Webb Estate Community Hall 7-8pm
I am pleased to announce that the first meeting of a new Springfield Ward Forum will take place on Monday 2nd July from 7 - 8pm at the Webb Estate  Community Hall off Upper Clapton Road .

The purpose of the forum is to improve collaboration between local Councillors and residents. It is an opportunity for us to work together to design and deliver ways of improving the local area.  
The Springfield  Ward Forum will not be a typical Council meeting and does not seek to duplicate any of the existing work we do to address individual problems and casework issues. Instead we think its an exciting opportunity to bring people together to make a positive difference to the ward.
We hope you can come along on 2nd  July, meet your neighbours and share your ideas for the things you would like to work together to achieve in the local area. 

To prompt your thinking we thought that we would share some of our initial ideas for what the Springfield Ward Forum could do: 
  •  Mapping our Ward - How much do we know about our ward? Where  are the significant places and organisations? There will be a large map of Springfield at the meeting so we can share local knowledge.
  • Developing Springfield - How should Springfield develop in the future? How do we balance housing needs and the environment? How can community organisations work together?  How can we work together to improve local buildings such as the disused toilets on Clapton Common.
  • Olympics and Legacy - How will the forthcoming Olympics affect us in Springfield? What will be the legacy? Do we want to develop a sport for social change movement like the one in Stoke Newington.
  • Telling Local Stories – there is a wealth of information available about the history of the local area. However, we are not aware of anything that necessarily tells the stories of the people and families that have lived here. The forum could establish a local network to do this by bringing people to together, to talk and share their stories. These could then be shared more widely - online, for example. 
  • Local Photography – similar to the idea above, the forum could encourage people could share photographs of the local area over the years. People could bring photos to meetings, share them with others, and tell the stories related to them. Over time we could build up a visual representation of how the area has changed, which could be shared more widely. 
  • Skills Trading – there is a huge range of expertise in the local area. Based on Trade School London ( the forum could encourage people to share these skills with others. People could offer to teach a class (at a forum meeting) on something they have specific expertise (it could be photography, art, growing food, music, stone carving , anything, really). This would be done for free in exchange for somebody else offering to do the same thing, and so on and so forth. 
These are only ideas. They are intended to demonstrate that there is significant potential for the different types of things we could do through the forum. 

Importantly the work of the forum will be guided by you, so please do come along on 2ndJuly and get involved. 

If you would like to share any thoughts about the forum, please do not hesitate to email

The Boat House Planning Application

The Planning Application - 2012/0669

affecting the Lea Rowing Club, The Boathouse, Spring Hill, Hackney, London E5

Will be heard by the Planning Committee at Hackney Town Hall on Wednesday 4th July 2012 at 7.00pm

The proposal is summarised below :

Partial demolition of single storey boathouse; rebuilding of boathouse and erection of extensions at ground and first floor level; refurbishment to existing rowing club boathouse to facilitate the provision of a new gym and support facilities; associated new refuse and recycling facilities and new cycle storage; external alterations including new windows, new balcony, new entrance, new skylights and solar panels to roof.

Full details here.

Springfield Park Activities

 Springfield Park Users Group Activities

Sunday, 24 June, 12.00 – 13.00 pm
HERB WALK in ROBIN HOOD GARDEN, on the former One O'Clock Club site at the junction of Spring Lane and Big Hill (bottom of Springfield Park)
Discover the wealth of medicinal plants growing in a local Community Garden. Find out more about the healing properties of common weeds and garden plants.
For further information please contact Medical Herbalist Elsa Hamaz on 07939 610 283.

Saturday, 30 June, 11 am - 4 pm
COMMUNITY FUN DAY with E5 ROOTS (the the new Jack Watts Food Growing Project set up by five residents on the estate).
At the Jack Watts Community Flat, 10 Detmold Road (opposite the Southwold School fete, happening on the same day). Free food, music, arts & crafts, plant sale, and food growing ideas and information.

For further information, contact, or see

Springfield Community Action Panel agreed local policing priorities on 28th May 2012

Locally agreed priorities
Last updated June 2012
  • Anti Social Behaviour in general
  • Anti Social Behaviour related to alcohol
  • Motor vehicle crime
More details on the Springfield Community Action Panel