Saturday, 30 May 2009
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
"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 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
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
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
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
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)
Monday, 18 May 2009
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or write to: The Speaker, c/o the Speaker’s Office, Room 118b, Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.
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
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
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
Thursday, 7 May 2009
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
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
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!)
Monday, 4 May 2009
- Church Street
- Stoke Newington High Street
- Stoke Newington Road
- Amhurst Road
- Prince George Road
- Evering Road
- Manse Road
- Rectory Road
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.
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
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.