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Monday, 30 November 2009

Make Hackney plastic bag free!

Year 5 pupils from London Fields Primary School came to Hackney Town Hall to sign up councillors to their campaign to make Hackney plastic bag free.

The pupils from Year 5 made have been working hard on ideas to cut down on plastic bag use - taking steps in their school to encourage more people to thing twice about using a plastic bag and use a cloth one instead.

Cllr Sophie Linden, Cabinet member for sustainability, told the pupils that there are around 60 million plastic bags in Hackney every year and that the average length of use for each one is 12 minutes. Hackney Council is already doing a lot to encourage people not to use plastic bags - by promoting cloth bags and recycling used bags in residents' green boxes.

Everyone agreed that we need to continue to work together to find ways to reduce waste.

In the busy life of a councillor it can sometimes be hard to plan ahead and one of the things that Stoke Newington councillors have pledged to do is to remember to always have a cloth bag with them when they go to the local shops.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Campaign against road safety cuts

The London Cycling Campaign in Hackney and Hackney Living Streets came to the Full Council meeting at Hackney Town Hall last week to ask for urgent action following the Mayor of London’s decision to cut funding for the Commercial Vehicles Education Unit.

The unit played a vital role in helping to reduce collisions between large vehicles and cyclists or pedestrians. It also had the power to investigate unsafe lorry operators and make sure they were meeting health and safety standards. As a result of Boris Johnson’s funding cuts, the unit will be disbanded.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, responded to the deputation, stressed that Hackney Council has already called on Boris Johnson to reinstate funding for the unit, He said: “This is another cut by the London Mayor. Despite this we continue to work with the police and cyclists to reduce the number of cyclists being injured on our roads. We have a number of initiatives in place including education events along the A10, improving signage on the Council's own lorries and continuing to improve our road surfaces.”

The campaigners also secured a commitment that the Lorry Safety Working Group which brings together user groups, the Police, freight operators and the Olympic Delivery Authority, will meet quarterly and work throughout the year to tackle the hazards and threats associated with lorries.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Smalley Road Youth Club open day

The Smalley Road Youth Club has organised a drop in session today for residents on Smalley Road Estate.

For one day only, the Youth Club will be open to adults to come and enjoy its facilities and have a festive drink and mince pie.

Come along today from 3.30-5.30pm at the Basement of the Old Fire Station, Leswin Road to find out more about the Youth Club. Volunteers are also needed and there will be elections for a sub-committee to help run the youth project.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

New health centre

A reminder that the new plans for Somerford Grove health centre will be on display in the community hall on Somerford and Shacklewell Estates between 2-8pm today.

Members of staff from the Primary Care Trust will be present to answer any questions about the redevelopment.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Minicab parking

Residents have contacted us regarding problems on streets off the High Street (particularly Victorian Grove and Garnham Street) with minicabs parking in residential areas. We're aware that this is a cause of considerable nuisance for local residents.

We have been lobbying the Council to ensure that there is more enforcement by parking officers and that areas are designated as 'hot spots' to try and address the problem.

Cllr Alan Laing - the Cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods on Hackney Council has now called a meeting with the Public Carriage Office (who regulate minicabs across London) to discuss the issue of minicab parking on residential streets in our area.

This meeting will be taking place tomorrow Thursday 26th November at 6pm at Stoke Newington School. This will be an important opportunity for residents to talk about the extent of the problem with the Public Carriage Office, officers from Parking services and the community safety team and hopefully find a way forward.

Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing stokenewingtoncentral@hackney-labour.org.uk or calling us on 07794 637 870.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Get a lid for your green box

When we were out speaking to residents over the weekend during one of our regular walkabout surgeries, one issue that came up a number of times was recycling being blown out of the green boxes - especially as it's so windy at the moment.

However, you can get a net lid from Hackney Council for FREE which should help to solve the problem. See here for more info, or email recycling@hackney.gov.uk to ask for your own net lid.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Have your say on housing

Hackney Homes is currently carrying out a tenant satisfaction survey.

A selection of Hackney Homes tenants have been sent the postal survey which is used to assess how well Hackney Homes are doing and look for ways to improve housing services based on tenants' feedback.

If you complete the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw and could win a digital TV, pay as you go phone or an iPod shuffle.

The responses are kept anonymous and it will not be possible for any person or address to be identified from the survey findings.
For more details see here.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Job fair - today

There's a job fair taking place today in St Paul’s Church Hall on Stoke Newington Road between 11 – 4.

The event is being organised by Pathmeads who run the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood housing office as part of their campaign to tackle worklessness within the neighbourhood.

The fair will provide on the spot help and advice to members of the community on training and employment opportunities.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Neighbourhood Panel meeting - tonight

The Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Panel meets tonight - at 7pm at Howard Road Resource Centre, N16 8PX.

The focus of the meeting is on community development and resident participation. There will also be updates from the previous meeting from the local Housing office in Stoke Newington.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Be 'fare' to Hackney

At the last meeting of the council, a motion was passed condemning the decision of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to increase bus fares by 20%.

As a result, the council has launched a "Boris - be "Fare" to Hackney" campaign, asking the Mayor to reverse his decision. The extra revenue that we all accept is needed in public transport could have been raised by retaining the western extension of the congestion charge area and by keeping the decision to increase the charge to those vehicles that are the most polluting.
Instead, the London Mayor has decided to increase bus fares.

It means that for the average Hackney family where both adults take the bus to work they will pay £263 more every year in additional bus fares. That is the equivalent of increasing council tax by 27% - something that is unthinkable, or Boris Johnson increasing his share of the tax by almost 100%.

82% of Hackney residents use the bus at least once a week and we have the lowest level of car ownership in London - we rely most heavily on buses.

Join the council's campaign to ask Boris to reverse his decision. Send him an ecard directly, telling him exactly what you think here.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Community Engagement Board

The next community engagement board is this Wednesday 18th November 2009 at 6.30pm at the West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, N4 2H.

The Community Engagement Board is responsible for consulting with the police and crime reduction partners about policing in Hackney, prioritising crime reduction and dealing with all crime and disorder related issues.

This is a chance to have your say on policing priorities - and question the Hackney Borough Commander.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Stokey Fashion Rocks!

You may have seen posters up about this along Church Street, but tickets are selling out fast for Stokey Fashion Rocks - a charity gala night in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer on Friday 27th November in Abney Hall.

The brainchild of Rosanne of Rosa lingerie, Stokey Fashion Rocks! promises to be an evening of fun-filled fashion entertainment. Now on its third outing, Rosanne hopes the show will raise even more money for Breakthrough Breastcancer whilst providing another memorable evening for Stokey locals.

Stoke Newington’s most loved independent boutiques will be taking part in the seasonal fashion show which starts at 6pm. Some familiar locals will be taking to the runway to model some sensational looks.
Back by popular demand the Stoke Newington fire service will be coming to the rescue once again as they fight their way up the runway.

Tickets are only £20 and it includes your choice from a feast of world cuisine courtesy of local restaurants, a cocktail and a generous goody bag all donated from local businesses.

They are available now from Rosa 3, Stoke Newington Church St. and other participating businesses.

Bike marking - tomorrow

Our local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be at the Farmers Market on Church Street tomorrow - Saturday 14th - between 10am and 4pm to mark people's bikes.

Come along and get your bike marked to help reduce theft and help with recovery if it is stolen.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Cycle route on Palatine Road

Residents contacted us recently with their concerns about the proposals for the cycleway at the end of Palatine Road.

The cycle lane is part of a new Olympic cycle route and the Council consulted with residents recently over the proposed changes.

There are concerns about the proposal to move the cycle route into the centre, and residents also felt that more could be done to improve the area with planting and landscaping. As a result, we have joined with the Shakespeare Neighbourhood Residents’ Association to arrange a meeting with council officers tomorrow at 9.30am on the site to discuss the scheme further and put forward ideas.

If you live on Palatine Road and are interested in this issue, please come and join us and have your say!

New health centre plans

Unfortunately, the PCT have had to cancel today's drop in session to see the plans for the new health centre on Somerford Grove.

They've told us that the new date for the drop-in session is Thursday 26th November, 2pm-8pm in Somerford and Shacklewell Community Hall.

The plans will be on display and members of staff from the PCT will be on hand to answer questions. As you are aware, the future of Somerford Gardens has been held in limbo whilst the plans have been developed and residents' concerns about light and the size of the building were addressed. When the health centre is rebuilt the Gardens will be improved at the same time - long overdue and much needed.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Church Street update

We have been working closely with the Stoke Newington Business Association to make sure that any disruption to businesses is kept at a minimum whilst the Church Street works are underway.

Following a request from the Stoke Newington Business Association, the one way traffic diversion will be removed during December and there will be two way traffic again along Church Street.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "I recognise the importance of trading in the run up to Christmas for all businesses and we will suspend the works during the whole of December to ensure that there is no adverse impact of trade at this important time. The substantial investment being made and the improvements to Church Street will help shops, restaurants and bars by creating a far nicer pedestrian environment and I am confident that businesses will see this upon the completion of the works."

The works are currently two weeks ahead of schedule. Please do contact us if you have any concerns about the Church Street scheme.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Safer Stoke Newington

At the Community Advisory Panel meeting last week with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team for Stoke Newington, the following priorities were set for the coming months:
  • Anti social behaviour from groups of young people
  • Drug dealing and using
  • Licensing issues
We heard that there have been a number of successful drug warrants issued in the ward, dealing with problem addresses where known drug dealing had been taking place.

Another issue that came up at the meeting was the length of time it can take to queue at Stoke Newington Police Station to report a crime. The Safer Neighbourhood Team stressed that you can report crimes online or using the non-emergency number 0300 123 1212.

You can read the latest newsletter from our team here. These should be delivered with your copy of Hackney Today so please let us know if you haven't received it.

Don't forget there's a consultation at the moment on introducing a Controlled Drinking Area for Hackney - more information here.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Two more licence applications

The Prince on Kynaston Road has put in an application to vary its existing premises licence to allow the supply of alcohol and recorded music from:
  • 10:00 to 23:00 Mon to Thurs
  • 10:00 to 00:00 Fri, Sat and Bank Holiday Mondays
  • 10:00 to 22:30 Sun
The venue would also like to remove some of the conditions on its licence, including the ones that restrict the hours of use of the conservatory (currently to 23:00) and the courtyard (currently to 20:00), and that the first floor bar area is not to be used for live entertainment, music or dancing. Mount Strive Restaurant and Banque at 92 Stoke Newington High Street, has put in an application to allow supply of alcohol, live music, recorded music, any entertainment of a similar description and facilities for dancing from:
  • 12:00 to 23:30 Sun to Thurs, 2:00 to 02:00 Fri and Sat and 12:00 to 03:00 on Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve
  • late night refreshment from 00:00 to 02:00 Sun to Thurs and 00:00 to 03:00 Fri, Sat, Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.
Representations must be made in writing, and should be sent to: The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT by the closing date. Alternatively, you can email it to licensing@hackney.gov.uk. The closing date for representations on the Prince application is 24th November and for Mount Strive, 25th November 2009.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Launch of Hackney's Family Information Service

The Family Information Service in Hackney has just been relaunched providing information on childcare, education, leisure and family services in the Borough.

You can find out more on the
website, calling the helpline on 020 8820 7590 or visiting the Service at The Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane between 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Below are some other useful links for families in Hackney:

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Help to set the priorities of our local police team - 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.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

New licence application

Datte Focco, 10 Stoke Newington Church Street has put in a licence application to allow the supply of alcohol from 11:00 to 23:00 daily and recorded music from 09:00 to 00:00 daily.

If you are a resident who lives near the venue and want to make a representation about the application, you must address the four licensing objectives:
  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • the protection of children from harm
Representations must be made in writing, and should be sent to: The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT by the closing date. Alternatively, you can email it to licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

The closing date for representations is 20th November.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Community payback

Local residents and community groups are being invited to suggest outdoor spaces, streets or building in Hackney that could potentially benefit from a facelift through the Community Payback Scheme.

The London Probation Service and Hackney Council will consider all requests for jobs, so long as the work visibly benefits the community. The first Community Payback project - the Lea Bridge Tow Path - was suggested by local residents back in April and is now complete after 1000 hours of work. The team has also completed work on 30 Hackney Homes gardens where residents had been unable to maintain these themselves.

Do you have a favourite place in Stoke Newington that could benefit from the project? Let us know or fill in the online form here.