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.

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. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

We support Space for Cycling

We've received a lot of emails from local residents about the Space for Cycling campaign and we are all fully in support of this.

Hackney Council has been recognised as leading the way in promoting cycling. The Labour Council in Hackney actively promotes cycling as a clean, healthy and efficient way to travel, and Hackney now has record levels of cycling amongst residents and visitors to the borough. In Stoke Newington alone 18.8% of residents cycle to work - which shows the commitment to cycling in our area.

We are committed to continuing to promote and encourage cycling and an important and integral part of this work is ensuring that Hackney provides a safe and welcoming environment for cyclists. Hackney Labour has recently published its manifesto for the 2014 elections and a key pledge is to continue to make it easier and safer for cyclists (and pedestrians) to get around the borough.

The Space for Cycling ask for Stoke Newington is to remove the one way system - this is something that we have been working on for a number of years, and recently successfully lobbied Transport for London to include the removal of the one way system in their future Business Plan. This has now happened, and modelling is taking place to work out the best way of removing the one way system. A full update is on our blog here. We have also restated our commitment to removing the Stoke Newington Gyratory in the Hackney wide manifesto.

Our focus is also on improving cycle infrastructure and routes, and the Council works very closely with local cycling groups such as Hackney Cycling Campaign to identify and prioritise locations where cycle accessibility can be improved.  In addition to road and cycle route improvements, the Labour Council has also taken the lead in the promotion of cycle safety around lorries. Hackney led the development of a new HGV driver training module including hands-on cycle training, and we were the first local authority in the country to train all our HGV drivers in this way.

The Council also offers free cycle training to everyone who lives, works or studies in Hackney, as well as holding regular bike maintenance 'pit stops' and undertaking public information campaigns on safer cycling.

Please do contact us if you have any further questions.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Our pledges for Stoke Newington

We are standing as your three Labour candidates to represent Stoke Newington on Hackney Council. You can find out more about us here - Susan and Louisa have been councillors for a number of years, and Mete is standing for the first time in this election.

Our priority is to be committed local councillors, responding to your issues, and identifying local priorities with you. We know there’s always more to do – and we want to continue to work with you to make our fantastic part of Hackney even better. We've set out our pledges for the next four years below. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or issues you want to raise with us. 

You can also download our most recent leaflet here.

Our pledges for Stoke Newington. We will:
  • campaign for better and more affordable housing – ensuring Hackney Homes estates in our ward continue to receive investment and are well managed, and for a better deal in the private rented sector
  • invest in our local green spaces – championing improvements to Abney Park Cemetery, planting more street trees and looking at ways with residents to transform neglected areas into spaces for growing
  • support a thriving local High Street – promoting the Shop Local campaign, campaign against more betting shops and payday lenders, and continue to push for more enforcement against late night venues that repeatedly cause disturbances for residents nearby
  • work for a cleaner and safer Stoke Newington – in partnership with the local police and council to reduce anti social behaviour, and take tough action against fly tipping, litter and dog fouling
  • campaign to improve road safety in Stoke Newington – making sure Stoke Newington continues to be a cycle and pedestrian friendly place, and working with TfL over the long term goal of removing the one way system

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Update on removing the Stoke Newington one way system

We have argued for a long time that the one way system in Stoke Newington should be removed.

Many residents have told us that having one-way traffic in the heart of our town centre cuts our community in half, speeds up traffic, causes rat running on side roads and makes walking and cycling more difficult. 

The main roads that make up the one ways system are controlled by Transport for London. At first TfL were reluctant to priortise removing the Stoke Newington one way system. In 2011, Hackney Council carried out a consultation with local residents and businesses, which showed that there was clear local support for removing it. Since then, we have been working with TfL to keep the pressure on them to deliver road safety improvements to Stoke Newington.

There has been some recent progress that we’d like to update you on

In 2013, the Council commissioned transport consultants to develop a range of options for Stoke Newington that would improve the public realm, cycling, parking for businesses, improve public transport access and reduce rat running.

As a result of this work a number of options have been identified that will now be modelled:

  • Full two way working including Brooke Road
  • Two way working (except Evering and Manse Road) with Brooke Road one way eastbound
  • Two way working with buses and cyclists southbound only on the High Street between Evering Road and Church Street
Once the three options above have been modelled, one will be selected so that TfL can take this forward.

The Council lobbied for removing the one way system to be included in TfL’s Business Plan and for the funding to model the options above. The good news is that TfL have agreed to the scheme, it is in their Business Plan for 2016-22, and the focus now is on identifying the most feasible way to remove the one way system.

In addition TfL recently announced that there will be “an upgrade of the existing road layout to make it safer and more easier accessible for pedestrians and cyclists” in Stoke Newington. This will include a Quietway route parallel to the A10 which will help provide a feasible alternative for cyclists away from the main road.