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    Hackney Council releases new pictures of how Abney Park could look

    Images released by Hackney Council show how Abney Park could look if its application for further National Lottery Heritage Funding for the site is successful.

    The plans could see a new building – incorporating a cafe and space to support classes and school visits – constructed at the park’s Stoke Newington High Street entrance, a new accessible entrance at Church Street, and the second stage of renovation of the park’s chapel so it can be used by the community for events, music and theatre productions, celebrations and weddings.

    The plans were approved by the Council’s Cabinet last week, and will now be submitted to the Council’s planning committee and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for consideration, following a successful earlier bid to complete initial design work.

    If successful, the Council will contribute £710,000 towards the £5m renovation of the park.

    Cllr Feryal Clark Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Leisure and Parks says:
    “Abney Park, one of London’s magnificent seven garden cemetries, is the home of radical dissenters, dense woodland and incredible biodiversity. We want to protet its unique character and open it up to more people by creating a new public building, a new accessible entrance and by bringing the Chapel back into use. I love the plans and I look forward to seeing the amazing improvements in the park if the bid is successful.”
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