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.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Dear resident,

We’ve set up this website to keep you up to date on what your Labour councillors are doing locally, how we’re addressing the issues you raise with us and also invite your views on what you want to see done in Stoke Newington. We also intend this blog to be a community information site – we will post details of meetings, events, campaigns and news from the Council.

It’s also an opportunity to celebrate Stoke Newington, and please do email us if you would like to list a restaurant, café, bar, pub, shop or other local facility, in the directory we have started compiling.

As you may be aware there was recently a by-election in Stoke Newington Central, and Cllr Louisa Thomson has joined Cllrs Rita Krishna and Muttalip Unluer as your Labour representatives. The recent election result was a big vote of confidence in what Labour are doing locally – Louisa won with a 48% share of the vote, and a majority of 379 over the second placed candidate. Full results here.

The campaign gave us a renewed opportunity to meet and speak to a huge number of local residents in the ward. Many people commented on how much things have improved in Stoke Newington over the last few years – cleaner streets, compulsory recycling collections, crime falling, and decent homes improvements on the estates.

However, we know there are challenges that remain – particularly over community safety, ensuring that all flats and houses on our local estates benefit from improvements, and providing more activities locally for young people. We also want to continue to make our community cleaner and greener – supporting initiatives like Transition Town Stoke Newington, and ensuring that the Council continues to take the lead over more sustainable solutions locally.

As your local councillors we are committed to:
  • holding regular meetings and advice surgeries to hear your views and also provide you with up to date information on what the Council is doing in our area
  • responding to the issues you raise with us by either calling on you, phoning you or writing to let you now how we’ve taken up your problem
  • walking about the neighbourhood on a regular basis and reporting anything that we notice is wrong to local council officers
  • raising local concerns with the police to help make our community safer
  • working to improve houses and flats in the ward, making sure that local schools are of a high standard and improving community green spaces and facilities
We welcome comments from you on our work and want you to contact us with any issues or problems that you want us to take up on your behalf.

We look forward to hearing from you - you can find all our contact details here.

Cllr Rita Krishna, Cllr Louisa Thomson and Cllr Muttalip Unluer
Your Labour councillors for Stoke Newington Central

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Friday, 13 February 2009

Our local area links

Here are some links to things happening in our local area - please email us if you have any more suggestions to add:
Restaurants - eating in Stoke Newington Central
Pubs in Stoke Newington Central
Shops in the ward (more coming soon!):

Get involved locally

Ever wanted to do more locally? There are a number of ways you can get involved in the local community:

Community Advisory Panel meetings: these are meeting where local residents set the priorities of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team in our area. The meetings are approximately every two months in Yorkshire Grove Community Hall. You can contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8721 2922 or
07879 603037 or check for the next meeting date here.

Stoke Newington Ward Forum: Each ward in Hackney has its own ward forum which is run by local Councillors and residents as a way to improve the local area together. These meet every three months, and all residents are welcome. At recent meetings we have discussed the High Street, problems with late night noise from venues, illegal parking and plans to improve green spaces in the area. To find out when the next meeting is, there is more information here.

Becoming a Hackney School Governor: The Learning Trust, which runs Hackney schools, is always looking out for people to be Local Education Authority Governors at schools. For more information and an application pack, call 020 8820 7369 or download one here.

Joining the local Labour Party in Hackney: We meet once a month in Stoke Newington  ward, and have a guest speaker on local issues and updates from your local councillors. Being a member of the Labour Party is a way to get involved locally and meet your fellow neighbours, and to help change things for the better in Hackney. Contact us on stokenewington@hackney-labour.org.uk for more information on getting involved, join online here and find out about what the Labour Party does in Hackney here.

Local services

Hackney Council switchboard: 020 8356 3000
Visit the Council's website for more information about services, news and events.

Our local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team
More info on the Stoke Newington Central team here. You can contact the Team on 020 8721 2922 or by emailing StokeNewingtonCentral.snt@met.police.uk

The Learning Trust: 020 8820 7000
Runs all educational services in Hackney. See here for more info.

Hackney Homes contact centre: 020 8356 3691
Full list of useful Hackney Homes numbers here:

Local health services: Enter your postcode here for details of GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists in our ward.

Other useful council links: 

Find out more about the Council’s Planning Service here.  

Information about housing benefit and council tax reduction here.

Housing advice information here.

Other useful local numbers:
Citizens Advice Bureau (Dalston): 0870 126 4013
Hackney Community Law Centre: 020 8985 5236
Gas emergencies: 0800 111 999
Fire (non emergencies): 020 8555 1200
Thames Water: 0845 9200 800
Transport for London: 020 7222 1234

Other local links:

Here are some links to things happening in our local area - please email us if you have any more suggestions to add:

Contact us

If you live in Stoke Newington ward, then you can contact us for advice or assistance. If you are unsure whether you live in our ward, check your postcode here. 
Contact us:

By writing to: Name of the councillor, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London, E8 1EA

By calling us at the Town Hall on 020 8356 3373

By emailing us on stokenewington@hackney-labour.org.uk

Or if you want to contact one of us in particular:

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas:
Susan.FajanaThomas@Hackney.gov.uk or 07809 244756
Mete Coban: mete.coban@hackney.gov.uk

Or visit us at one of our advice surgeries

Advice Surgeries

Your local councillors hold two surgeries a month.

We can help you with problems that you might be having with local Hackney Council services or more general matters. Download this booklet to see which services Hackney Council is responsible for. We can also help with matters relating to The Learning Trust and Hackney Homes.

Our advice surgery is on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Stoke Newington Library, Church Street, N16 0JS from 10am-11am. Drop in to see us during this time - we will bein the foyer, but can arrange a private place to talk if needed.

We operate on a rota basis, so if you want to see a particular councillor, please contact us to see which surgery we are next due to attend.

We also do a roaming surgery on the 4th Saturday of the month from 11am. If you want us to visit your road to discuss a particular issue, please contact us.

Monday, 9 February 2009

About Stoke Newington ward

Following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission, the wards in Hackney are changing. Stoke Newington Central ward will continue to exist up until May 2014, and from that point onwards the new wards will be in place.

The new ward of Stoke Newington corresponds most closely with the old Stoke Newington Central ward. It will be one of 21 wards in the London Borough of Hackney. You can see a map of the new wards here.

The north of the ward includes Abney Park Cemetery, and part of Stoke Newington Church Street. The ward is then split down the middle by the A10, running from the junction with Manor Road to Farleigh Road.  The southern boundary of the ward is Brighton Road and Farleigh Road.

There are two primary schools in Stoke Newington - William Patten on Church Street and Grazebrook School on Lordship Road. Stoke Newington Police Station is on the High Street.

There are three small estates in the area - Yorkshire Grove, Smalley Road and Lordship North, alongside smaller blocks scattered across the ward.

Stoke Newington High Street and Church Street are home to many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, and is a great place to eat and enjoy yourself.

The ward profile for the old Stoke Newington Central based on the 2011 census can be dowloaded here.

Stoke Newington is in the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, represented in Parliament by Labour MP, Diane Abbott.