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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Empowering tenants and residents

We were out this morning on Morris Blitz Court asking for views on the waste and recycling facilities which urgently need addressing. The next meeting to discuss the Decent Homes programme is on Tuesday 9th June at 7pm and we were encouraging residents and tenants to come along to have their say on the changes that will be happening on Morris Blitz over the next year and beyond.

Then it was off to Yorkshire Grove Estate to meet residents and tenants who are in the early stages of forming a Tenants and Residents Association. We picked up lots of issues relating to estate cleanliness, trees, parking and fly tipping which we will be taking up with council officers.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Age of Stupid at the Rio tomorrow

Hackney Friends of the Earth are showing THE AGE OF STUPID at the Rio tomorrow at 3.15pm.

"Pete Postlethwaite plays the only fictional character in this fascinating study of climate change set in the devastated world of 2055. As ‘The Archivist’, the last man on earth, he takes the audience through his salvaged news clips and interviews from the early 21st Century asking ‘why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?’. A passionate, urgent, and often terrifying documentary of what could be."

The screening will be followed by a discussion with climate change activists.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Big Lunch - 19th July

As a result of Good Neighbours' day yesterday, a group of residents on Farleigh Road are organising a Big Lunch on Sunday 19th July.

The Big Lunch is a national initiative which aims to get people sitting down and having lunch together on 19th July - encouraging neighbours to get to know each other and 'put a smile on Britain's face'.

At the meeting last night, we commented that people recognise each other on the street, but don't necessarily know each other - and the Big Lunch is about breaking down that barrier.

If any other streets in Stoke Newington are thinking of planning a Big Lunch event, do let us know.

The next meeting for Farleigh Road is 8th June at 8pm in Metolino Cafe.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

European Neighbours' Day

Today is European Neighbours' Day - an annual event which aims to bring communities together by encouraging people to talk to their neighbours and get to know each other (more info here).

There is a Neighbours' Day meeting for Farleigh Road residents this evening at 6.15pm in Metolino Cafe on Stoke Newington Road. Come along to meet fellow Farleigh Road neighbours, discuss local issues and the forming of a residents group.

Are any other neighbours in Stoke Newington meeting up today? Let us know.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Campaigning for the European elections

We were joined by Labour councillors and activists from across Hackney for a street stall on Church Street over the bank holiday weekend to raise awareness of the Euro elections and encourage people to vote.

Postal votes have started going out now. Please use your vote - there is a real danger of far right groups making gains in the European elections. Election day is Thursday June 4th - just 10 days away.

For more information about the Labour MEPs, see here.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Quiz the Euro election candidates this Saturday

There has been a very active anti fascist local campaign in the run up to the European elections on 4th June. Due to the proportional representation system, the far right BNP need just 8% of the votes cast to win a London-wide seat and have representation in the European Parliament.

The Hackney Unites campaign is about encouraging people to vote in the Euro elections and show our opposition to fascism in all its forms. The 'Hope Not Hate' tabloid has been delivered across Stoke Newington Central (final rounds going out this weekend if you haven't got yours yet...)

This Saturday, a 'Candi-dating' event has been organised at 11am at the Old Fire Station on Leswin Road. Come along and quiz the Euro candidates to find out what they stand for.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

This month, the 3000th Sure Start Children's Centre was opened in England - making a huge difference to parents and children all across the country. Children's Centres offer a range of services for children under 5 and their families. In Hackney, there are 14, and one is just on the border of our ward on Rectory Road - Linden's Children Centre.

Some of the many services it offers are:
  • Mind counselling (Monday mornings)
  • Post natal support group (Monday afternoons)
  • Parent and toddler groups
  • Basic life support/first aid (Monday afternoons)
  • Community baby clinic (Tuesday mornings)
  • a Fruit and veg market
  • Young parents group (Tuesday afternoons)
  • Talking drop in session (Weds mornings)
  • Family food clinic (Thursday mornings)
  • Job search and employment advice (Thursday afternoons)
  • Play sessions and toy library (Fri afternoon)
For more information, please call 020 7254 9939.

The Conservatives nationally recently proposed a budget cut of £200m - the equivalent of closing one in five Children's Centres. We know locally there is a huge demand for nursery places - we want to increase provsion for children and families, not reduce it.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Licensing application for The Garden Cafe

The Garden Cafe, 172 Stoke Newington Road, has put in an application for the following license:

Application for a premises licence to allow supply of alcohol from 10:00 to 01:30 daily and late night refreshment from 23:00 to 02:00 daily.

The deadline for representations is 11th June, and more information on how to do this are on the Council's website here. Please contact us too if you have any questions.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Cllr Muttalip Unluer is elected as Speaker

At the annual civic ceremony of Hackney Council, Cllr Muttalip Unluer was appointed as the Speaker for the upcoming municipal year.

Muttalip has been a councillor in our ward since 2002, and has lived in Hackney for 35 years. As Speaker, he will chair council meetings, attend civic events, and will be raising money for local charities, including the East London Parents Community Project which works with young people who find themselves in difficult situations.

Speaking after the ceremony, Muttalip said: “Hackney is a special place because it welcomes everyone, regardless of their gender, race, religion or culture. I have lived here for 35 years, except for a few years in Waltham Forest. My family returned to Hackney here because we felt more accepted and at home.”

For more information about the Speaker’s charities or if you want him to attend an event, call: 020 8356 3350; email: speaker@hackney.gov.uk; or write to: The Speaker, c/o the Speaker’s Office, Room 118b, Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.

Sustainable Energy

E.ON have a Sustainable Energy Fund - grants of up to £20,000 can be awarded to support community energy projects in buildings - from energy efficiency through to micro-regeneration. The fund is available to community groups, charities, not for profit organisations and schools and must benefit young people, elderly people or people in poverty.

If any local groups are interested in applying, the full details are on the E.ON website
and the deadline is June 12th and October 16th 2009.

For information about what Hackney Homes residents can do to improve energy efficiency in their homes (from top tips, to grants that are available and information on Green Estates) please see here.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Cycling in Hackney

A recent report from Transport for London confirmed that Hackney is the best borough for cycling in London - 8% of residents in Hackney say that cycling is their main mode of travel. This is double the closest other borough (Richmond on Thames at 4%).

This shows the popularity of cycling in the Borough and is a great achievement. The Council is investing considerably in promoting cycling and improving conditions for cyclists locally so we can push that 8% figure up even further. Free cycle training is available for all residents, alongside a number of other initiatives - see here for full details. Please do contact us if you have any suggestions for improving cycling in Stoke Newington.

The full report is here. Other modes of travel for Hackney residents are: walking (35%); bus (28%); car (19%); underground (5%) and rail (3%).

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Yesterday, there was the first meeting on Decent Homes for Morris Blitz Court which was attended by ward councillors, Hackney Homes officers and representatives from the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood office.

There will be detailed consultation with residents over the coming year, and decent homes works will start early in 2010. There are a number of challenges that need to be overcome with the block and we are pushing hard to ensure that much needed improvements are made with the full backing of residents. Please contact us if you have any questions about Morris Blitz.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Hackney in Bloom

One of the discussions that came up at the Smalley Road TRA last night was about planting and making the shared spaces on estates more pleasant for residents. Smalley Road residents have been very active at putting planters around the estate and using communal areas to put in new plants and shrubs. They are hopefully entering the Hackney in Bloom contest which is an annual event celebrating gardens in local homes, pubs, businesses, open spaces and schools.

The deadline is 12th June, and you can download the application form here.

The categories are as follows:

  • Best container garden
  • Best front garden
  • Best residential area
  • Best community garden
  • Best educational garden
  • Best business premises
  • Best blooming pub

Good luck to all Stoke Newington entrants!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Walkabout surgery on Bayston and Darville Roads

We are doing our walkabout surgery tomorrow from 11am on Bayston and Darville Roads.

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, 7 May 2009

New guidance on residential extensions

After extensive consultation, Hackney Council has adopted new planning guidance to help improve the quality of planning applications for extensions and alterations to private homes.

The Residential Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document was approved by Hackney's Full Council.

The guidance aims to balance new development with the desire to respect the historic character of the borough, and ensure there are clear guidelines that protect neighbours from matters such as overlooking and loss of light.

We know that this has been an issue for some residents in Stoke Newington, and hope that the new planning guidance will help to provide clearer advice, and avoid situations where inappropriate residential extensions are built that spoil the distinctive character of many Stoke Newington streets.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Community Advisory Panel meeting

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, 5 May 2009

Stoke Newington businesses triumph at Mayor's awards

Two local Stoke Newington businesses won awards in the
Mayor of Hackney Business Awards 2009.

The annual awards are designed to recognise and celebrate local businesses in Hackney - and it's fantastic news that two of the award winners are in our ward:
  • Yum Yum Thai won one of the overall Best Business awards for excellence in quality and choice in the borough's food sector
  • Lemon Monkey won a Best Women's business award (and I would recommend their cakes to readers!)
If any local businesses are interested in getting involved with the Stoke Newington Business Association - please see here for more details. We are working with the SNBA to help support Stoke Newington's distinctive identity as an eating and shopping destination in Hackney.

Monday, 4 May 2009

cleaner streets in Stoke Newington

Hackney Council is bringing in time banded collections for waste from businesses and residential properties on certain roads across Hackney. In Stoke Newington Central the following roads are affected:
  • Church Street
  • Stoke Newington High Street
  • Stoke Newington Road
  • Amhurst Road
  • Prince George Road
  • Evering Road
  • Manse Road
  • Rectory Road
Residents and businesses along these routes will only be allowed to place their waste out for collection at specified dates and times - this is designed to help keep our streets as clean as possible. If waste is put out on the streets outside the designated times, there will be enforcement action.

The proposals are on display at 263 Mare Street until 1st June during normal office hours. Signs will also be put on lamp posts advising of the times for presenting waste. The formal launch will start from 1st June 2009.

New door entry system for Belgrade House

Belgrade House is the latest block to benefit from decent homes improvements. A new door entry system will be put in over the next few months.

If you have any questions about the works, please call Hackney Homes on 0208 356 4465. Before the works start, there will be a drop in session for residents where you can raise any issues or concerns.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Engaging communities in criminal justice

The Government has just launched a consultation on a set of measure that aims to give local people more of a say over community safety. The aim is to make the criminal justice system more transparent, responsive and accountable to local people.

Hackney is one of the areas identifed as a potential 'Pioneer area' where a number of the proposals will be piloted over the coming year:

  • The introduction of Community Prosecutors with a specific role to engage with communities alongside the police, courts and others.

  • Community Impact Statements which will give communities the chance to feed in their views on crimes in their area and the impact they have on local people.

  • Extending the use of Citizens’ Panels to give local people more say in how offenders on Community Payback schemes repay the community for their crimes through tough projects.

  • Establishing ‘Virtual Community Justice Teams’ to apply a more intensive problem-solving approach to anti-social and criminal behaviour.

The full proposals are here and details of how to respond to the consultation here (the deadline is 31st July).