Alton Hassan For Woodberry Down

Originally born and raised in Essex, Alton moved to Hackney in 2008 where it has been his home ever since. 

He has had varied careers, working as an Actor for a decade before working for one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects, managing it’s digital infrastructure. Being a part of this project has given Alton the experience and insight into what can be created from a dream, belief and lots of incredibly hard work. This experience has also given him an insight into the issues around housing and the tools to solve them.

Alton said:

"Regeneration projects can be really positive but they need to be resident-led and not just the vision of a property developer. Hackney Council has really shown us how not to approach these types of projects, particularly in Woodberry Down with the felling of the Happy Man Tree that was such an important part of the local community. If I am elected Councillor I will not let residents get pushed around by developers or the Labour-run Council.

"We need to be much more demanding with these projects and make sure we are building far more council homes so that local people can benefit from improved housing and not get pushed out by unaffordable rents. Hackney Council's record on this is really poor with figures showing that since 2003 there has been a net loss of 1392 social rent homes as a result of regeneration schemes in the borough. It's no wonder why people feel their communities are being eroded.

"As a Councillor I would campaign to make sure there is resident-led decision making on future regeneration plans. We also need to be more creative with building homes and consider converting and renovating existing spaces in a much more extensive way. Big regeneration projects are sometimes needed, but they have an impact on the environment that also needs to be considered."

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