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, 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.

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.