We Love Stoke Newington is for residents living in the local area providing updates about local meetings, campaigns and useful information. This site is maintained by your local Labour team for Stoke Newington.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Love Hackney Shop Local campaign

Love Hackney tote bag designed by James LongThe Love Hackney, Shop Local campaign has launched again calling on residents and visitors to support local shops and markets and think twice about using plastic bags. 

Businesses participating in Love Hackney, Shop Local have signed a pledge to: 
  • ask customers if they really need a carrier bag (rather than automatically providing one)
  • store plastic carrier bags out of sight, behind counters
  • offer reusable bags instead of plastic bags. 
Another special limited edition tote bag has also been launched. Bags can be picked-up for free from Saturday 25 October when you purchase an item from a participating local shop.

There are loads of businesses in Stoke Newington taking part in the campaign - so join in and show your support for our great local shops on the High Street and Church Street. 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Campaigning to improve the private rented sector

This week Hackney Council resolved to establish a Council-run lettings agency and improve support for private renters. You can read the full text of the motion here.

With average private rent in Hackney at £2,125 per month, letting agents charging up to £500 every move, and some landlords hiking up prices, renting can leave many people in vulnerable situations. We know this is an issue for many Stoke Newington residents and that alongside extortionate prices, conditions in the private rented sector can also be very poor, with tenants reluctant to complain for fear of being evicted.

A Labour government would make three-year tenancies the norm and ban letting agents’ fees for tenants. But we need to make sure we're doing everything we can in Hackney to improve conditions in the private rented sector.

We want to get a large group of private renters in Hackney together so they can share their experience and help the Council make conditions better.

Please support our campaign by signing up here.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Final week to have your say on the future of Hackney Homes

There is an important consultation currently open on the future of housing management in Hackney. 

The Council and Hackney Homes would like your views on the proposal which is to return housing management to the Council.

Hackney Homes was set up in 2006 to manage the improvement of tenants' homes to meet the Decent Homes standard. This is due to be completed in next year.

As the Council's management contract with Hackney Homes is due to end on 31 March 2016, the views of residents are being sought over the future of housing management in the borough. 

The outcome of the consultation will not affect any works scheduled to take place under the current Decent Homes programme or those identified as part of its successor works programme, the Hackney Investment Programme. The outcome of the consultation will not affect anyone's tenancy or lease with the Council either.

There is still time to have your say!

Every registered Hackney Homes secure and introductory tenant and leaseholder will have been sent a letter, a questionnaire and a summary document explaining the proposal. It is important for each person who received a letter to reply by returning the questionnaire or taking part on-line.

If you wish to take part on-line, you should have received a code in your letter, allowing you to respond to the Council's on-line survey.  

You can find that survey here: https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-homes/hhconsultation

Make sure you respond by 31 October, when the consultation will end.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Stoke Newington ward forum - 30th September

Our next Stoke Newington ward forum is on 30th September, 7pm at St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington Road (enter via main church door).

We will be discussing future transport plans in Stoke Newington, so if you are interested in anything to do with walking, cycling, public transport and road safety in our local area, please do come along. We will spend the meeting:
  • Receiving an update on the latest plans to remove the one way system – there are different options that are being modelled and there is now a commitment from Transport for London to take forward the plans
  • Discussing Hackney’s Transport Strategy which is currently being consulted on – we will look at the implications for Stoke Newington and gather your ideas so we can make a submission before the consultation closes.

Ward forums are an opportunity to bring people together with your local councillors to identify priorities for improving our area. Please do spread the word and encourage others to come along.

We look forward to seeing you on 30th.

Friday, 5 September 2014

All About Abney event tomorrow

More exciting things happening in Stoke Newington this weekend:

All About Abney – Saturday 6th Sept 2-5pm. This has been organised by the Abney Park Trust, User Group and Stokey Local.

There are guided walks, entertainment and activities including talks on the future management of the Cemetery, the species that live on the site, and how the proposed development on Wilmer Place will impact on Abney Park, alongside art workshops, crafts, forest school and theatre. 

More information here.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

West Hackney Recreation Ground re-opening this Saturday

The Re-opening party for West Hackney Recreation Ground and St Paul’s Churchyard is this Saturday 6th September 12-3.30. 

There will be a picnic, music, and a free workshop. Bring some food to share, a rug and your own drinks. 

Mayor Jules Pipe and the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney will also be there to formally re-open the park. 

The park has been restored with £670,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding and has involved:
  • creating new access routes to link the park with the front of the church
  • restoring original pathways
  • planting new woodland
  • installing play features
  • conservation work to the tombstones and headstones within the site
  • improving the appearance of the front of the church
There has been a fantastic effort from St Paul’s Church and local residents to see the project through. It will be great to have a local park for everyone to use again.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Crossrail 2 consultation closes this week

There's still time to respond to the Crossrail 2 consultation!
Crossrail 2 would mean a new north east to south west rail line. In 2013 Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail consulted residents across the route on proposals for metro and regional route options.   

Nearly 14,000 responses were received and over 96 per cent of respondents supported the need for Crossrail 2 and over 80 per cent of these supported the regional option.  

Read full details including the consultation report and the response to issues raised for the 2013

TfL are now consulting again as they want to explore specific route options in more detail.
  • two route alignment options north of Angel serving Hackney or Dalston Junction;
  • an alternative option for a possible new station in Chelsea; and
  • a short extension of the route from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate.
It is important to respond as the latest proposals reduce the number of Crossrail stations in Hackney. The consultation is proposing only one station for Hackney, and we believe that the case needs to be made for two - at both Dalston Junction and Hackney Central.

The full consultation is online here and is open until 25th July.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Hackney Council response to Channel 4 Dispatches programme

Some of you have been in contact with us following the Channel 4 Dispatches programme last week which featured unregistered Charedi yeshiva schools in Hackney. 

The Council issued a statement after the programme outlining how the Council works with Ofsted and the Department for Education to engage with these schools to try to ensure they provide the education and care to which all children have the right. 
You can read the full statement here.   

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Thank you for your support!

We'd like to thank everyone in Stoke Newington who voted Labour last Thursday 22nd May in the local elections.

Stoke Newington residents re-elected three Labour councillors to represent our ward on Hackney Council - Cllr Mete Coban, Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas and Cllr Louisa Thomson.  

We spoke to so many residents throughout the campaign, and we are really grateful for the opportunity to hear your ideas, vision and thoughts about how we can continue to improve Stoke Newington. We are very proud to have been re-elected and are looking forward to continuing  to work with you over the next four years.

Jules Pipe was also re-elected as Mayor of Hackney. On first preference votes, he took 59% of the votes, an increase of 7.5% over 2010.

The full results from Hackney are here.

We will update this website properly soon, and post details of our advice surgeries - but in the meantime you can still contact us on stokenewington@hackney-labour.org.uk. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter here.

Thank you once again

Susan, Mete and Louisa

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Election day!

It's election day today - Thursday 22nd May.

Residents in Stoke Newington will get the chance to vote for three councillors to represent our area, as well as elected the Mayor of Hackney and voting in the European elections. We've spoken to thousands of residents over the past few months, conducted an online survey and we've been overwhelmed by the support for Labour in Stoke Newington. Some of the things you've told us you care most about are:

  • A cleaner and safer Stoke Newington: we will continue to tackle anti social behaviour hot spots, keep our streets clean and make sure the police respond to local issues
  • Improving housing: we will continue to lobby for more affordable housing, more investment in Hackney Homes properties, bringing empty properties back into use, and for more powers to tackle abuses in the private rented sector
  • Improving road safety: the speed of the traffic along the one way system continues to be an issue and we will work with Transport for London to see it reversed. We will also ensure that Hackney remains the best cycling borough, making it as easy as possible for people to cycle.
  • Protecting our High Street: we opposed the new development on Wilmer Place, and we will do all we can to support local shops, making sure Stoke Newington continues to be a great place to shop, enjoy and live.
The Labour Council in Hackney since 2002 has delivered real improvements in our borough - with falling crime rates, huge improvements to our schools, new leisure centres, award winning parks and building more affordable housing than almost anywhere else in the UK.

We want to continue to work with you and be a strong voice for our area - delivering real improvements for Stoke Newington. Our pledges are here and you can also read Hackney Labour's full manifesto for Hackney here.

So please use ALL your votes for Labour.

If you have any questions about your vote - call the Council's hotline on 020 8356 3000. You don't need your polling card to vote, and if you haven't taken back your postal vote yet, you can take it to any polling station before 10pm on polling day.