Save the Victoria Park Village cemetery ecosystem
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Save the Victoria Park Village cemetery ecosystem!
At the heart of Victoria Park Village, the Lauriston road cemetery (an historic former Jewish Burial Ground) is home to an abundance of wildlife and precious ecosystem which has matured and established over the last 200 years. It includes; established pipistrelle bats, a high variety of insects, foxes, squirrels, woodpeckers and other varieties of birds, as well as mature trees and shrubs which provide homes and habitats for these creatures.
Hackney council’s own Conservation Area Appraisal calls the Burial Ground a ‘haven’ for wildlife and ‘an important private ecosystem,’ and lists it as ‘one of the most positive features of the Conservation Area.’
The Council has before them, a proposal to change the use of the lodge building from a single dwelling home to a modern synagogue, with a large side extension, and private flat above. As a result this proposal threatens to destroy and disrupt this special habitat and ecosystem; one of the area’s most unique and important green spaces.
The proposal would also irreversibly harm the setting and character of the lodge house, a building which has survived unaltered as a single dwelling home in its original setting if the former Jewish Burial Ground. At the moment the former burial ground is a public and open space of significant value to the community. The proposal would instead result in the privatisation of the space.
The grounds are an unexpected green space that the community and visitors admire as they walk through Victoria Park Village. The proposed building of a synagogue would not only damage the roots of mature trees and ecosystem of the animals there, it would block the light and vistas through the cemetery and enjoyment of one of the last wild spaces in this area.
The caretaker’s lodge is a statutory listed building dating from the 19th century that has a unique character and is of historic and architectural significance. It adds great interest to the special character, historic development pattern, and is of significant interest to our unique conservation area in Hackney.
There is also a WW2 Anderson shelter which has survived in the grounds which was used for the family of the lodge and those in the village who needed shelter during air raids and flying bombs during the war.
The building, its railings, and grounds as a burial space are important reminders of our collective history, and we would like to see that this space and lodge are preserved for future generations to enjoy. All of this is at risk by being completely lost and spoilt by the proposals before the Council.
We call on Hackney Council to stop this proposed building and save our green space for future generations!
We also urge you to write to Hackney Council to object to these harmful proposals, and to keep true to their policies.
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