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.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Consultation on Cycle Superhighway 1

Transport for London's consultation on Cycle Superhighway 1 is open for a few more days - closing on 29th March.

The route runs between the City and Tottenham and goes through a lot of Hackney and Stoke Newington. The aim is to provide a safer North/South route on residential streets, avoiding the A10 and providing a quicker route for cyclists.

Many local cyclists will be familiar with the route as part of it is the one that is currently signposted on back streets. There are a few improvements proposed on the Stoke Newington elements:

  • Redesigning the junction at Bouverie Road/Manor Road
  • New traffic island at Defoe Road/Church Street
  • No through traffic at Boleyn Road/Wordsworth Road
All the proposals are on the maps here. 

I commute into central London on bike and use parts of this route daily. What are your thoughts? Is there anything else that could be suggested to improve the proposals? Either fill in TfL's survey or let us know too!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Stoke Newington ward forum - 17th February

The next Stoke Newington ward forum is on Tuesday 17th February, 7pm in St Paul's Church (entrance on Stoke Newington Road)

It is less than a 100 days to the General Election, and as your local councillors we'd like to hear your priorities for Stoke Newington.

We will discuss some existing local campaigns - including the Council's focus on tackling inequality in Hackney - and hear from Hackney Unites and Stokey Local about some of the work they are doing locally. We'll then work together to identify 5 key aims, and how to take these forward.

We're also keen to ensure that people do not lose their right to vote - there are changes to electoral registration and we also need your help in making sure people are aware of this.

The forum is open to all - and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

New licensing application

Kenny's restaurant, 160 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL have put in a licensing application for:

  • a premises licence for live music from 12:00 to 22:30 Mon to Sun
  •  recorded music and supply of alcohol from 12:00 to 23:00 Mon to Sun 
  • non-standard timings on new year’s eve from 12:00 to 00:00 and new year’s day from 00:00 to 04:00am and 12:00 to 22:00.
The deadline for commenting on the application is 18/2/14.

If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:

    •    prevention of crime and disorder
    •    prevention of public nuisance
    •    public safety
    •    the protection of children from harm

There is a guide to making representations here. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Good Egg - meeting for residents

The people behind The Good Egg
- who are planning to open a new cafe and restaurant at 93 Church Street, have organised a meeting for residents on Monday 26th Jan at 7pm.

A notice of the meeting has gone to all nearby residents, but anyone is welcome to drop in and ask questions about the new plans. You can also get hold of them on hellogoodegg@gmail.com if you can't make the meeting.

It's a chance to find out more about the business, the plans for the site, and the community projects that they have planned - including working with local schools to deliver regular workshops and breakfast clubs.

We know some people have raised concerns about late night activities on Church Street - but the plans indicate that the Good Egg will not be open any later than other venues nearby, and will only serve alcohol with food. 

Planning and licensing applications are due to be submitted soon so this is a good opportunity to ask the owners about any concerns you might have. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Free exercise classes available locally

As it's the time of year for resolutions, you might be interested in the following sessions that Hackney Council provides free of charge. Some of these are local in Clissold so very convenient:

  • The New Age Games programme winter programme of sporting activities is a free Council-run scheme designed to give Hackney residents over 50 a chance to socialise, exercise and stay healthy. Participants can try a variety of sports including swimming, cycling, archery and Pilates, indoor and outdoor tennis, Yoga and much more. More info here.
  • Free Fitness Classes in Hackney - the Our Spaces group exercise sessions are taking place at indoor and venues across the borough including Hula Hoop Fit, Bootcamp. Box Fit, Yoga and much more. Most of the activities are for those aged 16+ but there are also children’s classes (Kids Fit) for youngsters aged 8-11. These sessions will provide a range of play and fitness activities for children to raise their heart rate, learn new skills and have fun. To book visit: www.ourparks.org.uk.
  • Walking-together - regular health and themed walks to explore the local area, meet new people and reap the health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors and active. More info at: www.hackney.gov.uk/sports-walking-together.
  • Fit 4 Health – Exercise after Stroke/TIA scheme - a free community based service to support people in the maintenance of healthy lifestyle changes and the transition to independent living. The programme is designed to meet the long-term effects of stroke and the varied and wide-ranging exercise needs of stroke and TIA sufferers. Please visit http://www.hackney.gov.uk/sports-after-stroke-programme.htm for case studies and additional information.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Stoke Newington community leaders unite

Last week, representatives from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, Hackney council and senior police officers, met at the Aziziye Mosque in our ward.  

The meeting saw community leaders call on Londoners to remain united in the face of religious extremism after the recent terror attacks in Paris, and condemned the atrocities that happened in Paris on 7th January. 
They urged residents to resist becoming divided whilst the capital faces a "severe" terror threat level.

The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sharon Patrick said: "This is a showcase of the good community relations that we have got here in Hackney.

"If we could put it in a bottle and send it around the world then that would be a good thing. Unfortunately we cannot do that but we can just lead by example."

There is a full write up of the meeting here. 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Season's Greetings

Season's greetings to all Stoke Newington residents!

It's been a particularly festive time in Hackney in 2014 - with more markets, carols, local shopping and festivities than ever before. 

We hope you all have a lovely break over the festive period! 

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during 2014. It was a particularly busy one for us with the local elections, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with Stoke Newington residents next year. It's been a great year for our ward with Kynaston Gardens reopening, West Hackney Recreation Ground getting a big facelift, some progress on the one way system - to name but a few of the fantastic things going on locally! We've also enjoyed staying in touch with you through our walkabout surgeries, our regular surgery in the library, our regular ward forums, and the e-newsletter.

Instead of doing our usual Christmas card this year, we will be making a donation to Hackney Winter Night Shelter. 

Council services over Christmas and New Year: There are some changes to refuse and recycling collections, opening times of council services and parking enforcement - all the details are here.

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.