Locals in Shoreditch concerned over upcoming hotel boom

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With seven hotels set to open in the Shoreditch area over the next two years, locals have spoken out about their concerns over how it will affect their community.

The expected hotel boom will see the arrival of luxury and boutique hotels, including brands Citizen M, Z Shoreditch and the new Nobu in Hackney, and despite the developments expecting to positively contribute to economic growth, a Hackney community organisation has expressed some concerns.

Speaking to EastLondonLines, Rachel Munro-Peebles said: “We are working hard to make sure the hotel boom does not change the significant culture of Shoreditch. We just need the newcomers and the council to listen to our voice.”

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After the launch of Ace Hotel in Shoreditch in September last year, the area has become a tourist hotspot with more sites for new builds becoming available. January will see Z Shoreditch open in Old Street, followed by Citizen M’s latest branch in mid-2015.

Rachel explained that her association wasn’t against the new hotels altogether: ““We support some of the hotels, for example The Ace and The Conran have been a great contribution to the area, supporting start–up retail units and sourcing food locally and so on.

“We believe in taking from the community but putting back at the same time. This is Shoreditch and this is what we should protect.”

She added: “Hotels can have a positive impact on the area, so long as the area is well managed by the council and we do not become a transient area, with just a night–time economy with transient guests. This is not what the area was and is about.”

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