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, 30 September 2009

Housing options day

Hackney Council has organised a Housing Options Day at the Ocean, 270 Mare Street taking place TODAY from 12-6pm. If you are thinking of moving or need housing advice, come along and find out more from the Housing advice and support team. Alternatively, you can ring 020 8356 2929 or click here for more information.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Fairtrade borough success

Good news that Hackney has retained its Fairtrade Borough status. There are five goals that have to be met in order for this to happen:
  • Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens)
  • A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area's retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents, and petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (cafes, restaurants, pubs)
  • Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products wherever possible
  • Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
  • A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Borough status campaign continues to develop and gain new support
Hackney passed with flying colours which means that we have Fairtrade status until 2011. Congratulations to Cllr Ian Rathbone in particular who has been behind Hackney's success in this campaign. More information on what Hackney is doing on Fairtrade here.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Improving Church Street

As local residents are aware, there are works currently taking place on Church Street to improve the whole street. A 20mph speed limit is being introduced, new pavements and a new road surface are being laid, and improvements are being made at the junctions with side roads.

A major part of the scheme involves removing street clutter. As the statistics below show, there is a radical 'de-cluttering' approach for Church Street:
  • 51 bollards are being removed
  • 24m (86%) of guard railing is being removed
  • 35 sign posts (63%) are being removed
  • 27 signs (42%) are being removed
  • 8 additional street trees are being planted
  • 11 additional cycle stands are being installed
This will make a big impact on Church Street. The works will take three months to complete, and we are aware of the disruption this causes to businesses and local residents. If you see any issues or problems whilst the works are going on, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Hackney ONE carnival - this Sunday

Hackney One Carnival is taking place this Sunday 27th September to celebrate the diverse cultures that make Hackney so special. It is being organised by the Council's 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Unit and Culture Team who have worked with community organisations and artists in Hackney to showcase their talents, different communities and cultures.

The Carnival will start at the Town Hall at 11.30am and walk along Mare Street, Amhurst Road, Pembury Road to Hackney Downs Park.
There will be activities at the Park for everyone - including olympic sports, egg and spoon races, sack races and a children's play area.

Click here for more information about the One Carnival.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Have your say on the 20mph zone for Shacklewell

There is a consultation taking place on a proposed 20mph zone for the Shacklewell area

Hackney Council is committed to making roads in the borough safer for everyone, and we have a programme for 20mph speed limits on all residential roads. Reduced speeds help road safety and encourage walking and cycling.

The proposals for Shacklewell include many streets in our ward - Farleigh, Foulden, Amhurst, Sydner, Somerford Grove. The scheme would involve traffic calming measures such as cycle friendly road humps, signs and road markings.

Consultation documents have been delivered to all local residents - and there is a questionnaire for residents to fill in and return by 6th October to feed in your views on the proposals.

The documents can also be downloaded from here.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Community engagement board

There is a public meeting of the Community Engagement Board tonight - Wednesday 23rd September.

It's an opportunity for anyone living in Hackney to meet the new Borough Commander, make your views known about policing priorities in Hackney and hear about crime reduction plans for the borough.

The meeting is taking place at the Hackney Wick Community Centre, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH - quite a way from Stoke Newington, but it should be an interesting meeting for anyone interested in finding out more about how the police and crime reduction partners tackle crime and disorder.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Hackney action to tackle climate change

At last week's Full Council meeting at the Town Hall, Cllr Louisa Thomson asked a question about Hackney Council being one of the first local authorities to sign up to the 10:10 campaign to reduce carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 and for an outline of what steps the Council will be taking to meet this challenging pledge.

The reply from Cllr Sophie Linden, the Cabinet member with responsibility for Sustainability, replied that Hackney Council will be working to meet this commitment by building on the work we are already undertaking. The Council is working with the carbon trust to put together a carbon management plan and have set aside £250,000 to invest in changes to the way energy is used in council buildings. Staff will be engaged through a network of Green Liaison Officers.

Whilst the commitment is for reducing carbon emissions from Hackney Council buildings, meeting the pledge will go further than that and the Council will be working to encourage residents, businesses and partners to also sign up to this pledge - so every local resident in Hackney can take part and make the extra effort that is needed to ensure that we really start to tackle the emissions that are causing such damage to our climate.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Yorkshire grove parking consultation

A reminder for residents on Yorkshire Grove estate that a consultation has been sent out to all households about the proposed parking scheme for the estate. If you haven't received your consultation pack - please call 020 8356 6152.

The deadline for returning the responses is Wednesday 30th September.
Hackney Homes are seeking the views from Yorkshire Grove residents on whether a parking enforcement scheme would be a good idea for the estate. There is a high demand for parking, and the scheme would issue residents with a parking permit which would mean you could park in a designated parking bay on the estate. Residents would also be able to purchase visitor vouchers.

Please do take the time to fill in the consultation and have your say on the proposals. Also feel free to
contact us if you have any concerns about Hackney Homes' plans.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Special film screening

Last summer, young people on Somerford and Shacklewell Estate made two films about life in Hackney. These will be shown at the Rio at a special screening tomorrow - Sunday 20th September at 12.30pm.

Entry is free. Come along and celebrate the achievements of young people locally in Stoke Newington!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Walkabout surgery

Tomorrow we will be doing our walkabout surgery in the morning at the top of the High Street and on Smalley Road Estate.

Please stop us and let us know if you have any issues you'd like us to take up on your behalf.

You can also contact us via email, phone or in person at one of our regular advice surgeries in Yorkshire Grove Community Hall.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Hackney Peace Walk

The Hackney Peace walk is taking place this weekend - Saturday 19th September - starting at Hackney Community College, Falkirk Street at 11am and finishing at London Fields at 1pm.

There will be speeches, stalls, music and refreshments from 1-2pm.
The walk is led by the Mayor, Jules Pipe and Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Muttalip Unluer. It will unite residents, visitors and community and faith groups in a celebration of peace, unity and friendship in our borough.

Update from the Town Hall

Last night was the monthly Full Council meeting at the Town Hall. Your local ward councillors in Stoke Newington had a busy night in the Council chamber. Cllr Muttalip Unluer chaired the meeting in his role as Speaker.

Cllr Rita Krishna, in her role as Cabinet member for Children and Young People answered questions from other councillors on education in Hackney.

The news that for the first time, Hackney GCSE results have exceeded the national average was discussed, and tribute paid to the dedication of staff, governors and pupils across all Hackney schools. There were also questions about the expansion of school places so that more young people can be educated in the Borough. Labour pledged in our last manifesto in 2006 to create 1800 new secondary school places. When our fifth new school opens there will be more than 2500 extra places.

Although some members of the opposition groups on the Council expressed their lack of support for academies - the results from Mossbourne this year (84% of pupils achieved 5 or more good GCSEs) show that the new schools are making a real difference to the achievement and aspirations of pupils in Hackney.

At council meetings, as well as asking questions, councillors can also table motions. Last night, Cllr Louisa Thomson spoke in a debate on the Building Schools for the Future programme in Hackney. This entails £167m of investment in schools to dramatically improve their facilities. By the time the programme is complete in Hackney, 6 schools and 4 special schools in the borough will have benefited from refurbishment or rebuilding. The motion drew attention to the fact that the future of the scheme (across the country) is not secure under a future Tory government - David Cameron has pledged to cut £4.5m of investment from the BSF programme.

The motion was tabled to give councillors the opportunity to reaffirm our support for investing in schools and the future of our young people in Hackney and show how the Conservative Party do differ on this issue. Unfortunately, the Tory group on the Council didn't even stay in the Chamber long enough to debate the policy and defend their national Party's views, having walked out only 10 minutes into the meeting.

The Greens and the Lib Dems dismissed the motion as 'pointless' - and they chose not to support it rather than joining the Labour group in standing up for raising the aspirations and achievements of Hackney pupils.

This blog was also raised in the Council Chamber - good to know that we have an engaged readership out there!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Neighbourhood meetings in Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum takes place this Thursday at 7pm in Abney Hall on Church Street.

These are quarterly meetings for residents to come along and discuss issues that affect the whole of our neighbourhood.

Items on the agenda include an update on the Sustainable Communities Act and the work Hackney is doing to tackle the concentration of betting shops; crime and anti social behaviour in Stoke Newington and Dalston and health and social care services in Hackney. The full agenda is
here. Cllr Louisa Thomson will be chairing this meeting.

On the same night, there is a Stoke Newington Housing Panel meeting at 7pm at the Howard Road Resource Centre. This will focus on issues around grounds maintenance and cleaning on estates - holding the neighbourhood offices to account for the services they deliver to residents. For more information, email the Panel on stokenpanel@hotmail.co.uk.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Stoke Newington fire station open day

Stoke Newington Fire Station is holding an open day on Saturday 12th September. Drop in between 11am-4pm to meet your local firefighters and find out how to be a 'fire safety champion'.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Your policing priorities for Stoke Newington

At the Community Advisory Panel meeting with the local Safer Neighbourhod Team last night, residents learned that crime has fallen in Stoke Newington over the last two months.

We also saw figures from across Hackney which revealed considerable decreases in the number of bicycle thefts and robberies. The most common crimes in our ward are theft from people and criminal damage and the local police are working hard to address this. Your local ward councillors welcome all the hard work that the team do to engage with the community and keep our area safer.

Residents set priorities for the coming two months:
  • Anti social behaviour on Smalley Road Estate
  • Drug dealing on Somerford Estate
Residents on Smalley Road Estate have been experiencing ongoing problems with groups of young people gathering on the estate - the majority of whom do not live there. The police, Hackney Homes, Family Mosaic, the Youth Offending Team and the Anti Social Behaviour team are all working together to tackle these problems - with Acceptable Behaviour Agreements and referrals to other services that can help to address offending behaviour and signpost young people towards employment and training opportunities.

There was also a report back that a known drug dealer on Somerford estate had been evicted - with the police and Hackney Homes working together to help make life on the estate better for all residents.

Update on the Rochester Castle

The pub management at the Rochester Castle organised another meeting for residents this week to discuss the ongoing issues with noise from the venue.

It was clear from the meeting that the situation has improved since the pub first became aware of the extent of disturbance for residents in the houses that back onto the pub, but there is still some way to go before these are fully resolved. Residents can contact the pub management at any time if the noise is reaching an unacceptable level, and assurances were given that this would be dealt with as a priority.

A number of improvements will be made to the garden over the coming months, including installing a different fire exit gate so the entrance to Kynaston Gardens cannot be used, and installing a gate in the alleyway off Kynaston Avenue.

We are also pursuing the ongoing noise from the extractor fan - council officers will be investigating this in the next couple of weeks to determine what needs to be done to reduce the noise.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Help to set the priorities of our local police - tonight

The Community Advisory Panel meeting for Stoke Newington Central is tonight at 7pm in Somerford Grove Community Hall.

Come along and have your say in setting the policing priorities of our local Safer Neighbourhood Team for the coming months. More details about our team here.

Hackney GCSE results - best ever

There have been massive improvements in GCSE results in Hackney this year.

The results are measured on the percentage of pupils that achieve five or more A*-C GCSEs including Maths and English. Haggerston, Cardinal Pole and Hackney Free all improved by 10% more than last year. Mossbourne Academy achieved a staggering 84%, raising the bar for all schools in Hackney.

The full results are:
  • Cardinal Pole: 51%
  • Clapton Girls: 49%
  • Hackney Free and Parochial: 31%
  • Haggerston Girls: 49%
  • Mossbourne Communtiy Academy: 84%
  • Our Lady's Convent: 69%
  • Skinner's: 30%
  • Stoke Newington: 48%
  • Yesodey Hatorah School for Girls: 83%
In 2008, the national average was 47.6%. The average for Hackney this year based on the provisional results is 52%. This is a real credit to all pupils and teachers in Hackney.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Bookings now open for Stoke Newington Town Hall

From 14th September, Stoke Newington Town Hall will be taking bookings - ahead of its opening in 2010.

The refurbishment of the Town Hall has been funded by Hackney Council - keeping the original features of this historic building. The building will be used for weddings, civil partnerships, performances, art exhibitions and dancing - in keeping with the 30 years that the building was used as a jazz dance hall.

For more information, please contact stokenewingtonvenuehire@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 5505.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Church Street events - this Saturday

This Saturday marks the start of Organic Food Fortnight. The Stoke Newington Farmers' Market will be celebrating with the launch of Nico B organic chocolates - run by local Hackney resident (and chocolatier!) Anthony Ferguson. Local cook Elizabeth Reed will be running a special Marketchef session at 11am.

In Abney Hall, there's an Autumn Art and Design Fair from 10.30am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Over 30 independent designers, artists and craftspeople will have stalls - alongside a tombola, cake decorating and knitting workshop.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Progress on the Kynaston Gardens campaign

We have been campaigning to improve Kynaston Gardens and Avenue.

The bins that used to clutter the entrance to the Avenue have now been relocated - making the Avenue look much clearer and safer.

There is a meeting next Tuesday at 7pm with the management of the Rochester Castle to discuss the impact the pub is having on residents living nearby. We are pressing to ensure that issues around the extractor fan, noise from the gardens and the fire exit into Kynaston Gardens are addresses.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Hackney leads the way on tackling climate change

Hackney Council is one of ten local authorities that signed up to the 10:10 campaign which was launched today.

10:10 is an ambitious project to bring together people, organisations and businesses behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010.

The success of 10:10 depends on getting everyone involved in making it happen, and the 10:10 website has all the tools you need to pass the message on far and wide. You can sign up to receive weekly ideas and updates on how to meet the 10% target.

Visit the 10:10 website and sign up now.

Safer Stoke Newington

The latest newsletter from the local police shows that in Stoke Newington:
  • burglary has fallen 30%
  • fraud and forgery has fallen 46%
  • robbery has fallen 29%
  • violence has fallen 28%
Police operations to tackle anti social behaviour on Smalley Road Estate have been going on throughout the summer - 15 young people have signed Acceptable Behaviour Agreements which will require them to get involved in more positive activities in the neighbourhood and hopefully reduce the negative effect of their behaviour on local residents.

The newsletter should be delivered with your copy of Hackney Today - please
contact us if you haven't received it.