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Welcome to the Clapton Improvement Society website.

For everyone who lives, works or is interested in London E5

Who We Are

Clapton, London E5, houses some of the most disadvantaged people in Britain. But it’s a vibrant community with a strong spirit and a host of active groups committed to changing things for the better. Amongst many others, the Pedro Club caters for young people on the Clapton Park Estate, Chat’s Palace runs a host of arts activities, the Chatsworth Road Traders and Residents Association has revived the historic street market, the Millfields Users Group has planted a community orchard and Core Arts work with people with mental health problems.

Other community activities are hampered by lack of resources. Local people want to save the Clapton cinema, improve local parks and re-open public toilets. They want jobs and better opportunities for poor residents.

The Clapton Improvement Society seeks the improvement of the environment, education and wellbeing for the benefit of the public in Clapton and surrounding areas. It has been set up by local residents with skills and energy to get things done.

Financed by members’ subscriptions, donations and events, the Society provides opportunities for local entrepreneurship and reaches out to less advantaged communities to give them an affordable chance.

– Bring derelict land and buildings back into use
– Create educational opportunities for disadvantaged people
– Provide cultural and creative activities
– Build community assets

For more about the society, who we are and how to join – click here.

We need volunteers, and of course, money, so please donate whatever you can.


All the members of the Clapton Improvement Society live locally, and we have come together simply to get things done in our area.

Jon Aldenton, Mary Doyle, Joy Budhan, James Cherkoff, Ciaran Kelly, Imani Backes, Gokan Resa and Lorenzo Lumiere are the founder members. More than 150 others have joined to date.

Membership of the Society is open to all who share its objectives and pay £1 for a share. It’s a community benefit society registering as an Industrial and Provident Society and Charity under the relevant legislation (see our rules).

If you would like to join, please just email us your details, or call Jon on 07970 265 966.

We want to know what you think need needs improved, so tell us what you want to do, and we’ll try to help.

  • • Head over to our Q&A page
  • • or email us at claptonimprovementsociety@gmail.com
  • • or call Jon on 07970 265 966.

Brooksby's Walk Toilets

The public toilets on Brookby’s Walk (adjacent to Sol’s bike shop at No. 1 Chatsworth Road) have lain empty for close to two decades.  Hackney Council recently submitted a planning application to demolish the toilets and build retail units and flats on the site. The Society has opposed the Council’s plans, collecting hundreds of signatures on our petition, and online here. We submitted a suite of strong objections to the planning application, and enlisted the support of our local councillors and MP.

There are plenty of unused shops all along Chatsworth Road, and what is really needed for continued growth of Chatsworth’s markets, is working, well-maintained public toilets, operated and looked after by committed locals according to a sustainable plan.

UPDATE FEB 2013: We have obtained a lease from the Council and now have possession of the toilets. WHOOP WHOOP.

We plan to open the toilets during market hours and at any time we have something going on in the gents… We will be applying for change of use and a premises licence. Click here for latest info.

So if you have ideas for art shows, pop-up cafes or anything else, please contact us.

We’ll also need help with painting, joinery, plumbing and electrics to get the toilets fully restored.

Have a peek inside the toilets, here

Taken from dalstonist.co.uk

Strawberries, Marsala cream, ricotta doughnuts.
image source dalstonist

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