At November's Full Council meeting last week, alongside the deputation opposing Boris Johnson's road safety cuts and the campaign to make Hackney plastic bag free from pupils at London Fields primary school, a number of other issues were raised during questions to the Mayor and Cabinet members, including:
- Clean streets - it was reported that there have been consistent improvements in keeping Hackney streets clean over the last three years. This is measured by Keep Britain Tidy, and this year 89% of our streets were judged as clean, and Hackney was the fifth cleanest Borough in London. Teams work from 5am-1am the following morning to remove waste, cleanse and deep clean streets and remove graffiti
- Decluttering - Stoke Newington Church Street was cited as the best example of decluttering in Hackney, with 56 signposts, 65 signs, 51 bollards and 28m of guardrailing being removed. Cllr Alan Laing also reported that he will be lobbying TfL to ensure there is major investment in improvements along the A10.
- The Council is promoting road safety and cycling through the 'Be Safe and Be Seen' campaign - giving out reflective bands and spoke reflectors at schools. There are also free Dr Bike services in Hackney. It was reported that £2m a year is invested in improving cycling in Hackney and we have more cyclists that anywhere else in London!
- Cllr Louisa Thomson also asked a question about the Council's green procurement strategy and Cllr Sophie Linden, the Cabinet member for sustainability reported that Hackney recently won a gold standard award for its green procurement code - one of only 16 other local authorities that were recognised.