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.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Bringing empty shops back to life

Hackney Council has been working hard to support local businesses during the credit crunch - recognising the importance of encouraging people to shop locally on our high streets.
Hackney is taking part in a pilot programme to bring empty shops back into use, working with local businesses and residents. The scheme has just received £50,000 funding from the Labour government.
If you are interested in getting involved - please email craig.morrison@hackney.gov.uk with 'Hackney Empty Shops Fund' in the title and include your name, address, contact details and the nature of your project (eg Art space, community project etc).

The Savoy cafe on Graham Road in E8 is an example of bringing shops back into use - there is an art exhibition on over the bank holiday weekend.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Register to vote!

Hackney Council is currently carrying out the annual canvass to update the electoral register.

A registration form should have been delivered to your house this month - and you should make sure that this includes the names of the people who live there.

If you are not on the electoral register - you will not be able to vote in the elections which are due to take place in 2010 - both the local council elections and the General Election.

For more information about the electoral register - see the Council's website here.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Nominate Hackney for a best biking award

The London Cycling Awards 2009 are now open. The categories for this year's nominations are: Best Cycle Facility; Best Community Cycling Initiative; Best Cycling Initiative for Young People or Children; Best Workplace Cycling Initiative.

There are lots of good cycling schemes and facilities in Hackney aiming to promote cycling in the Borough and get more residents on two wheels. Last year Hackney won two awards.

If you would like to nominate a biking project for this year's awards the deadlines is Monday 19th October. Full details are on the London Cycling Campaign website Details on how to submit a nomination can be found at: www.lcc.org.uk/awards.

Don't forget - Hackney Council provides free cycle training for everyone living, working and studying in the borough. More details here.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

N16 Fringe Festival

The N16 Fringe festival starts today and runs until Sunday 23rd. There are over 50 bands, performers and artists in a variety of venues across Stoke Newington. The majority of events are free.

The festival is organised by N16 magazine and supported by local businesses in the area.

See here for the full programme.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Free theatre tickets for under 26s

The Labour Government recently introduced a £2.5m scheme to encourage young people under 26 to take advantage of free theatre tickets.

A night less ordinary involves over 200 venues and in the first four months, 50,000 free tickets were taken up by young people.

In Hackney, the Arcola Theatre and Hackney Empire are taking part in the scheme and between the two theatres gave away nearly 500 tickets over four months.

You can search the website to find shows and how to claim the free tickets.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Fun day

The fun day on Somerford and Shacklewell estate yesterday was a great success.

The new kitchen in the community hall was formally opened, with Shoreditch Spa running cookery classes throughout the day. The Peace of Mind project were also in the community hall offering advice on well being, massages, reiki and lavender bags for residents.

Outside in the sunshine, there was a bouncy castle, bingo, a BBQ, Hackney Homes officers and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team offering advice for residents. There was a writing competition for kids on the estate - with the winning story being rewarded with an ipod.

Congratulations to the Chair of the TRA Yolanda for organising such a successful day.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Somerford Grove fun day

The Somerford Grove fun day is tomorrow afternoon from 2-6pm. There will be a DJ, free BBQ lunch, bouncy castle, face painting, a dancing competition, healthy eating sessions and bingo!

The refurbished kitchen in the community hall will also be formally opened at 12.30pm.

This was funded by the local NHS and the Council and will give residents the chance to learn about healthy eating and new cooking skills.

Hope to see some of you at the fun day tomorrow.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Somerford Grove greening workshops

We've just got back from the formal opening of the Somerford Grove community garden. Over the last few months, the TRA have been working with local resident Robin Grey to transform the raised bed into a vegetable garden with children from all over the estate getting involved in planting, growing and general mischief.

Cllr Muttalip Unluer cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the garden, and everyone enjoyed some celebratory cake in the sunshine.

The TRA will be forming a gardening commitee to keep the project going in the future.

The greening workshops were part of the Dalston Social, Cultural and Public realm project and supported by MUF and JL Gibbons architects.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Morris Blitz meeting - TONIGHT

We have been campaigning to make sure that Morris Blitz Court is included in the Decent Homes programme. Works will be starting on the block next April.

There are regular monthly meetings with residents and Hackney Homes officers on the plans where you can feed in your ideas and get involved with influencing what happens on the block.

The latest consultation meeting is tonight - 7pm at the Beckers community hall. There will be updates on the decent homes work and more information about the result of the ballot on the new bin stores.

Work on the lifts will in January next year. We have been contacted by residents who are concerned about how they will access their flats whilst the works are taking place. We have asked for reassurances that help will be offered for elderly residents and families with children. Hackney Homes officers will update residents on these plans tonight.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Your priorities for Hackney

Hackney Council recently conducted a survey with local residents on their priorities for the borough.

Crime, affordable housing, and keeping Hackney clean were the top issues that residents said were concerning them most.

49.8% of Hackney residents said priorities should include making the borough safer and addressing fear of crime; 41.5% said affordable housing and quality social homes; and 39.6% said keeping Hackney clean. Other topics included employment and the local economy (39.1%); public transport and traffic congestion (38.6%); education services for children and adults (31.4%); cultural, sports and leisure facilities (24.2%); pride in the community (20.8%); services for older people (18.4%); and the local health service (16.9%).

These findings have helped to set the programme of work for the Council's scrutiny commissions at the Town Hall (these are cross party and examine local issues and policies in Hackney). Amongst the issues being looked at over the coming months are: estate safety and anti-social behaviour; supporting vulnerable adults; tackling chid poverty; and a special one off meeting to consider street drinking.

More information about scrutiny in Hackney is online here.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Consultation on new cycling route improvements

Residents on Amhurst Road and Farleigh Road will have had a consultation document through their doors - the council wants to hear residents' views on improving the Amhurst/Farleigh junction for pedestrians and cyclists.

This is part of the development of the new cycling route from Finsbury Park to Victoria Park ahead of the Olympic Games in 2012.

The proposals for the junction include removing the existing road hump and raising the level of the road at both side of the junction, including widening the pavement.

The consultation is open until 4th September, and you can download the documents here.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Sustainable Communities Act update

The deadline for councils to submit proposals under the Sustainable Communities Act was the 31st July. The Act empowers local councils to put forward ideas to improve the quality of life and the sustainability of their local areas.

As we've previously reported, the Labour administration in Hackney has consulted with residents over the use of the Act, and have now put in a submission which is aiming to tackle the concentration of betting shops on our high streets.

What happens next?

Nearly 300 proposals were submitted to the Local Government Association. The full list of proposals from councils all across the country are here.

The Local Government Association will draw up a list of proposals which will be submitted to Communities Secretary John Denham MP at the end of the year.

The Secretary of State will have the final say on what plans are given the go ahead.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Estate recycling success

Six months ago, the Labour Council in Hackney introduced a new recycling service for all estates in Hackney.

This has been a great success - residents on estates can now recycle paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and plastic bottles, in new bins that are normally located in easy to reach places by existing refuse bins or estate entrances.

Since December 2008 - more than 1700 tonnes of materials - have been recycled - a 23% increase since 2006/07.

The challenge now is to continue to recycle as much as possible and we are working with residents and the Council to improve recycling facilities on the estates in our ward.

We have been lobbying Hackney Homes to try and resolve the recycling and refuse bins issues on Morris Blitz court - and after a consultation and vote with residents the refuse and recycling bins will be located at the front of the block. This is a safer option as residents have had to climb along a wall at the back of the block since the rubbish chutes were closed.

On Yorkshire Grove, rubbish is frequently dumped around the recycling bins and we have asked the Estate Manager to look at options for fencing off the bins in the future.

Please contact us if you have any suggestions about improving recycling on estates in Stoke Newington.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Wilmer Place

The proposed plans for the development of Wilmer Place will be on display for local residents this week.

The proposals involve new homes, a nursery, a healthcare building, a café, new businesses and a supermarket.

The plans are on display at Wilmer Property Management, 201 Stoke Newington High Street from 5th-7th August at 5-9pm and from 10am-1pm on August 8th.

The planning application details are here.