Hackney Road's DOA Rabbit will be saved

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By ABattisby | Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 19:26

Hackney Council will not be taking action against Hackney Road's rabbit graffiti.

ROA's painted rabbit, which the council were threatening to remove as part of their graffiti policy, will now be saved after the Council changed their minds.

Fans of the rabbit signed an online petition and over 2,000 signatures were collected. The council are now to release their own epetition facility.

A petition submitted through the Council’s e-petition facility must have more than 750 signatures from people who live, work and study in Hackney with proof of address, in order to trigger a debate at a meeting of full Council.

A Council spokesperson said: “Following a review by the Council’s Planning Service, we will not be taking enforcement action in respect of the painting.

“We have written to the owners of The Premises to inform them of this decision. Throughout this entire process, we have made every effort to work with all the concerned parties to try and resolve this issue and are pleased that we can now put an end to this matter.

“Having reviewed Premises’ petition, it does fall some way short of the necessary criteria and in its current format, would not be able to trigger a debate in the next meeting of full Council.

“The Council’s e-petition facility will be in place at the start of December, which is two weeks ahead of the legal deadline.  Once this facility is available, Premises and other group for that matter will be able to submit a petition and we will assess these against the relevant criteria.

“At the same time, there are several other ways in which local people can get their voice heard at a meeting of full Council and we would encourage the local community to explore these options.

"This includes asking a question at a meeting of full council or submitting a deputation, which requires ten signatures and member of Hackney council to act as sponsor.”



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