Mayor Biggs opens the transformed Oval Public Space

John Biggs has formally opened the revamped, cleaned and renewed public open space in Bethnal Green.

The opening event, which was marked with a performance from the London International Gospel Choir, showcased how the space has been transformed - writes towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Situated just off the Hackney Road, the Oval has been revived from a site known principally for illegal car parking and the dumping of rubbish, typified by anti-social behaviour - into a pleasant community space.

Over the last year and in liaison with the local community and businesses the Oval public space was rebuilt into a fully accessible open space imaginatively designed to fit with the environment, with safe seating areas, trees planted for a greener environment and an attractive new lighting scheme.

A stage area also doubles up as seating and adds to the flexibility of the space to host a wide range of events. Local businesses in the area contributed to the plans.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“This space has been transformed from beingassociated with anti-social behaviour and environmental blight to a place for the community to enjoy. I’m delighted to see the council’s Parks and Open Spaces fund is making a real difference across the borough”.

Cllr Abdul Mukit, Cabinet member for Culture and Youth Services added:”

It’s fantastic to see the rejuvenation of this space, it brings a new lease of life to the area. I encourage residents to enjoy this pleasant space to sit and relax and use it as a focal point for the many creative projects taking place in the area”.

Jett Glazier who runs the creative business also called Oval Space situated said:

“The development of the Oval into a park has removed a longstanding eye-sore and area for petty crime and replaced it with a great place for locals to congregate, host events and relax. The stage and lights are a great feature and I look forward to seeing it used for cultural activities.”

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