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.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Hackney Labour's manifesto for 2014

On 22 May, residents in Stoke Newington will have the chance to vote in 3 elections - for the local council elections to choose three councillors to represent our ward; for the Mayor of Hackney, and for the European elections.

Hackney Labour has published our manifesto for 2014. You can download and read it here.

Since Jules Pipe was elected in 2002 and Labour gained control of previously hung and failing Hackney Council, Hackney Labour’s record is one of getting thousands of people into jobs; providing some of the best libraries, leisure facilities and parks; achieving some of the greatest school improvements in the country; keeping Hackney’s streets amongst the cleanest in London; and building more affordable housing than almost anywhere else in the UK. You can read more about how we've delivered our our pledges from 2010 here.

Our manifesto sets out how Hackney Labour will work to secure the best outcomes for all residents living in the borough – driven by fairness, greater opportunity and social mobility for those that are disadvantaged, so that everyone can benefit from the rising prosperity happening across Hackney.  

How can I vote?
You can register to vote up until 6th May and also apply for a postal vote up until this deadline.

If you're resident in Hackney and you're from another member state of the EU, you can still vote in all three of the elections, even if you're not British. See here for more information.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tell us your priorities for Stoke Newington

We have been in touch with thousands of Stoke Newington residents over the past few years, and spoken to lots of you recently during the election campaign. However, we know we can never round everyone and we always want to hear from you about what more we can be doing to make Stoke Newington a great place to live.

Please do fill in our short survey and let us know your priorities for Stoke Newington - it is very short and should only take a couple of minutes of your time. 

The survey is online here.

You can also get in touch with us by email, phone and in person - all the details are here. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Youth Opportunity Fund - apply now!

There's still time to apply for the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund.  

The deadline for Round One applications is 30th April 2014 for activities taking place this summer and early Autumn. Grants in this round will be made in early June.

Hackney YOF money can be used for an activity or project that benefits young people and their friends/youth group and other young people in Hackney. The funding can be for  a wide range of activities and projects including sports, arts, culture, citizenship and volunteering. The grant can also be used to pay for small pieces of equipment such as computers, musical instruments, sports gear, arts and crafts supplies and props for creative activities.

For application forms and more information - visit the Young Hackney website here.

Monday, 31 March 2014

New licensing application

Y.O.L.O 175 Stoke Newington Road London N16 8BP has made an application for the following premises licence:
  • Application for a premises licence for plays, films, indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, anything of similar description and supply of alcohol from 10:00 to 23:45 Mon to Wed, 10:00 to 02:45am Thur, 10:00 to 03:45am Fri and Sat and from 10:00 to 22:45 Sun
  • Late night refreshment from 23:00 to 23:45 Mon to Wed, 23:00 to 02:45am Thur, 23:00 to 03:45am Fri and Sat
The deadline is 16/4/14.

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, 30 March 2014

Free internet in Hackney

There are many places across Hackney where you can access the internet for free - in the Council's libraries, the Service Centre, children's centres, housing association and other community organisations.

The Council's website has a list and map with all the locations here.

You can also book a computer in a library online if you have your library card and PIN. Most of our libraries also have free WiFi.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The future of Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park Trust has been looking for new trustees and their AGM is next Wednesday 2nd April - there is more information on getting involved here. 

Abney Park Cemetery is owned and managed by the Council and Abney Park Trust.

The Council recently commissioned a report to look at future options for Abney Park Cemetery with a view to making suggestions for a sustainable way forward to manage the cemetery so that vital safety improvements and heritage work can take place and to ensure that the future of this very important site is secure for generations to come.

We have been in contact with the Abney Park Trust as we know that there were some concerns following the external report. We have also discussed this with the Cabinet member for Community Services (who has responsibility for parks in Hackney), and stressed the importance of of working with the Trust and engaging all the relevant local stakeholders. 

Cllr Jonathan McShane has confirmed that the Council wants to continue working with the Abney Park Trust and that a partnership between the Council and Trust is the proposed way forward. Cllr McShane has assured us that discussing the details with Abney Park Trust is a priority.

This is an important local issue and we will continue to liaise with all involved as decisions are made about the cemetery. 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Beat the bookies - sign the petition

Hackney Council has launched a new phase in its campaign against the wave of betting shops blighting Hackney's high streets. You can read the full story here.

The Council is also calling on residents nationwide to sign an online petition to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to demonstrate the weight of public opinion against the current betting shop free-for-all.

The Council’s proposal is that betting shops be given their own use class, as with nightclubs and casinos. This would mean residents and councillors could have a say over every application, and the potential impact that a new betting shop may have on an area would become a key factor on whether or not it gets approved.

This could make a massive difference - back in 2010 when Paddy Power opened on the High Street we made representations against the application but knew this would ultimately have little impact on the final decision (the blog post from the time is here).

To sign the petition, visit www.change.org/petitions/eric-pickles-mp-help-councils-stop-betting-shops-taking-over-our-high-streets 

You can read the full submission that Hackney Council has made to the Government here.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Council Budget for 2014/15

On Wednesday this week, the Council passed the Budget for 2014/15.

There is £1.1bn of spending in the budget on vital services in Hackney including:
  • £47.7m on the public realm including street cleaning, graffiti removal, maintaining street lights, recycling, providing cycle training for local residents
  • £86m on adult social care – including supporting residents to live as independently as possible, mental health services, and services for people with learning disabilities
  • £7.7m on libraries, museum and culture.
  • £7.5m on managing Hackney’s 56 parks
  • £29.8m on public health services including sexual health services, reducing obesity, smoking cessation and drug and alcohol misuse services.
  • £254m on schools
  • £6.7m on environmental health, licensing and planning
  • £41.5m on children’s social care
  • £16m on the Young Hackney service
  • £4.6m on community safety, the integrated gangs unit, domestic violence response and emergency planning.

Council tax has also been frozen for the ninth consecutive year. At the Budget meeting, Mayor Pipe made it clear that increasing Council Tax would not have made up for the scale of cuts imposed on Hackney by central Government. He said: "Increasing Council Tax at this time would add more financial pressure to those in need, for little benefit to services. Despite collecting 97% of what is owed each year, a 2% rise in Council Tax bills would yield only £360,000 extra which is dwarfed by the £100m cut in central Government grant."

There have been unprecedented cuts to council funding from the Coalition Government since 2010 and £100m has been cut from Hackney’s grant.  The cuts have been disproportionately high in some of the most deprived areas of the country, and there has been a sustained attempt from central Government to permanently reduce the size and scope of local services. As Jules Pipe set out when introducing the Budget, the priority in Hackney has been to keep providing services that residents depend on, finding new ways of working and new sources of funding.

He said: “We have had to make tough decisions and we have seen job losses, in common with many local authorities up and down the country, and it is clear that we will have to make further tough decisions in the future. Our priority over the coming year is to protect the services that matter most to them, to keep our streets clean, keep our parks and libraries open and welcoming and to care for the most vulnerable members of our community.”

The Tory and Lib Dem groups on the Council put forward amendments to the Budget. These included measures such as stopping 20mph zones, Controlled Parking Zones, cutting the street cleaning budget, and the highways maintenance budget. This would have a big material impact on our environment in Hackney and is a reckless approach.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council has been consulting on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and there’s still time to have your say – the deadline for comments is 26th February at 5pm.

CIL allows local authorities to fund infrastructure by charging on new developments in their area. This can include parks, schools, community facilities, and leisure centres, and other similar examples of infrastructure. It cannot be used to fun affordable housing.

The consultation sets out the proposed CIL rates that will be charged on different types of developing in Hackney. It is also asking for views on a draft list of possible infrastructure projects which could be funded through CIL.

This is the part that you might be interested in as a Stoke Newington resident, as the draft list includes:

  • Provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of new and existing transport infrastructure, including:
    • Support to TfL investment relating to Stoke Newington Gyratory
    • A10 Junction improvements
    • Hackney wide cycling improvements.

  • Provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of new and existing open space, which includes Abney Park Cemetery
The list is in Appendix 2 of this document. All the details about the CIL consultation are online here. 

We have campaigned for years for the removal of the one way system. Following a consultation with local residents in 2011 which was clear there was local support for this, we have continued to work with the Council and TfL (who control the road) to push for future options to be investigated and developed in order to take forward the changes.

Please do take the time to have your say - and email your comments to CommunityInfrastructureLevy@hackney.gov.uk 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Stoke Newington ward forum - 3rd March - on local parks and green spaces

The next Stoke Newington ward forum is on 3rd March 7pm at the Methodist Church on Stoke Newington High Street.

The meeting will focus on local parks and open spaces. There will be updates on the latest plans for West Hackney Recreation Ground and Abney Park.

Representatives will also be there from Kynaston Gardens and the Yorkshire Grove play area to exchange ideas about how to encourage participation and a range of activities in our local green spaces – and ensuring they are safe and well managed.

We will also identify whether there are any ‘unloved spaces’ locally that could do with sprucing up!

If you’re interested in local parks and green spaces please do come along and join in the discussion. Ward forums are an opportunity to bring people together to identify priorities for improving our area.