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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Community meeting - 6.30pm Somerford Grove

Cllr Rita Krishna has organised a community meeting tonight - 6.30pm at Somerford Estate Community Hall.

This is to discuss the Somerford Grove health centre and the park and plans for their development, and to seek local residents' views on other things that are happening on the Estate - including plans for a 'Play Pathfinder' to develop some of the communal spaces for play.

Officers from the planning service at the Council and from the Primary Care Trust will be present to answer questions.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Smalley Road TRA - tonight

It's the AGM of Smalley Road Tenants and Residents Association tonight - 7pm in the community flat on Clevedon Close.

A representative from the Safer Neighbourhood Team will also be there to answer any questions residents might have about any recent issues on the estate and in the local area.

We will also be following up on issues raised at the last meeting about bins, CCTV, parking and the Youth Project.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Decent homes at Morris Blitz Court

We have been pushing hard for Morris Blitz Court to have decent homes improvements and work is due to start early next year.

Hackney Homes have recognised that there are specific external problems to the building - especially with damp.
So a team of senior officers from the Estate Renewal Team, the Decent Homes team and the neighbourhood office have been coming together for monthly meetings with residents to address all the issues with Morris Blitz in one go - and draw up an 'estate plan' which will make changes to improve safety, improve green areas and overall make sure that the block has a much needed facelift.

The location of the bins has been a big issue that needs resolving - and yesterday we did a door to door survey asking residents to vote on whether they want the bins to remain at the back (but under the podium) or have recycling bins and waste bins next to each other at the front. If we didn't manage to speak to you, a survey and newsletter will be delivered over the coming weeks, so please do fill it in and have your say.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

New Licensing application

Mummy on Board
55 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 8EL

Application for a premises licence to allow the supply of alcohol from 11:00 to 23:00 daily.

The closing date for representations is 22nd July and these can be made by writing to the The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT by the closing date. Alternatively, you can email licensing@hackney.gov.uk. You can find more details about the licensing process here.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Ever wondered what your councillors get up to in the Town Hall?

Last night was the monthly Full Council meeting at the Town Hall. Key policies are discussed and debated in the Council Chamber, and councillors can also question Cabinet members about local issues.

One of the key items on the agenda was the Local Development Framework Core Strategy which sets out a vision for future development in Hackney. This is an important statement of how to improve the quality of life for all residents in the Borough and has been subject to wide consultation locally.

The LDF includes many examples of improving the sustainability of Hackney including:
  • 1000 new homes a year up until 2018 (page 76)
  • all new buildings to be fuel efficient and environmentally sustainable (page 75)
  • enhancing local parks and green spaces (page 102)
  • supporting the local shops and businesses (page 59)
  • promoting cycling and walking (page 124)
  • improving recycling and minimising waste (page 109)
  • promoting biodiversity (page 82 and 103)
We were surprised that the one Green councillor on the Hackney Council admitted that she hadn't read the LDF document and then abstained in the vote - effectively failing to endorse all the above measures which are essential to the future of a greener and more sustainable Hackney.

If any local resident wants to keep up to date with the progress of the LDF - more information is here.

What issues did your SNC councillors raise at the meeting? Cllr Louisa Thomson asked a question about what the Council and Hackney Homes are doing to improve the energy efficiency of houses in Hackney. Cllr Sophie Linden, the Cabinet member for sustainability replied indicating that the Council is working hard locally with its partners on a variety of measures such as improving windows through the Decent Homes programme; tackling cavity wall insulation; and making grants available locally to make improvements.

Louisa also used the opportunity to flag up the work of
Transition Town Stoke Newington and their plans to showcase 15 houses and how residents can improve their energy efficiency. Cllr Linden welcomed this project and the importance of grassroots initiatives that are committed to bringing down energy use, and indicated that the Council would be keen to support this project in the future.

It was Cllr Muttalip Unluer's first Full Council meeting as Speaker - keeping the debate in order and making sure we get through all the items on the agenda.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Yorkshire Grove TRA meeting - tonight

There's a meeting tonight at 8pm in Yorkshire Grove Community Hall for residents on the estate who are interested in forming a Tenants and Residents Association. We have been working with David Larkin, one of the Resident Board Members on Hackney Homes to help support a new TRA and enable residents to come together to make important decisions for the estate. Come along and have your say.

We've been following up on a number of issues that were raised at the last meeting - about overhanging trees; illegal parking; rubbish dumping and dog fouling. There is some good news that the trees are due to be lopped very soon, and new options for a bin enclosure to help prevent fly tipping will go ahead once residents have approved the plans.

Please contact us if you have any other issues on the estate that you'd like to raise.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Green workshops on Somerford Grove

A local resident has secured funding as part of the Dalston Social and Cultural Public Realm project and is working with the TRA on Somerford Grove to run 'greening workshops' on the estate.

The third of these is taking place tomorrow - Saturday 20th June - from 11am.

Come along and learn how to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables. Food and drink are also provided. Meet at the community centre and bring any tools that you might have at home!

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Licensing update

Good news for residents on Victorian Grove who have been campaigning against the licensing application for 35-39 Stoke Newington High Street (which would have involved late night opening on a residential street) - the application was overturned at the licensing committee hearing at the Town Hall last night. Cllr Rita Krishna has been working closely with residents and spoke at the hearing on their behalf.

Following on from the meeting between Dynevor Road residents at the management at the Rochester Castle on Wednesday, a number of action points were agreed and a follow up meeting will be arranged for September to see whether things have improved. Amongst the measures agreed were: putting up signs in the garden to warn customers that they are near people's houses; securing the fire exit properly so people can't get in and out of Kynaston Gardens; moving the bins off Kynaston Avenue and looking into installing a gate to close off access to the back of the pub. We'll keep you posted on progress - but this is a positive step towards addressing residents' concerns and also in our campaign to improve Kynaston Gardens.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Meeting at the Rochester Castle - 6pm - tonight

The Rochester Castle on Stoke Newington High Street have invited residents to a meeting tonight at 6pm.

There have been a number of complaints recently about the impact of noise from the pub on residents who live nearby, and this will be an opportunity to meet the management team of the Rochester Castle and raise any concerns that you might have. The pub have said they are committed to being a better neighbour for Stoke Newington residents, so com along and have your say.

If you have any written comments, please send them to Angela at Rochester Castle, 145 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0NY.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Celebrate bike week

Bike week is now underway - aiming to encourage people to get on their bikes and explore their local area. There are a number of events happening in Hackney:
  • Bike breakfast on 17th June - 7am London Fields
  • Reclaim the towpath ramble - 17th June 4pm Broadway Market
  • Homerton Hospital workplace bike event - 18th June
Hackney was recently awarded the title 'Cycling Borough of London' after sustained investment and support for cycling facilities across the Borough.

More on what Hackney Council is doing to support cycling
here and the activities of the London Cycling Campaign in Hackney here.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Green issues update

New brighter and more energy efficient street lights are being trialled in Hackney using Light emitting diodes (LEDs). These burn for up to 100,000 hours - part of the Council's committment to provide more green and sustainable lighting. The lights will also help public safety and are being rolled out in areas where lighting is low.

This week also saw the installation of a blanket of greenery - sedum - (which is like everday grass) - on the roof top of a block on Frampton Park Estate. The added insulation will help cut energy costs and there will also be flowers during the summer months to improve the appearance of the block. Do you think any estates in Stoke Newington would benefit from something similar? Please get in touch with us if so.

Following up from the BeRecreative festival last Saturday, there are a number of useful information leaflets available from the Hackney Council to encourage recycling, composting and getting involved through the popular Green Champions scheme.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Special meeting on betting shops

There is a special meeting tomorrow - Thursday 11th June 7pm- at Hackney Town Hall, where residents can give their views on the spread of betting shops in Hackney.

There are more than 60 bookmakers in Hackney, which is over three times the local authority average. Currently, licensing and planning regulations do not leave much scope to take account of concern from local residents, elected members, or the Council when new betting shops seek to open up.

The Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission is organising this special meeting and would like to hear from residents who may be concerned about the number of betting shops; customers of betting shops and operators.

To attend, or make a written submission, please contact Jarlath O’Connell at jarlath.oconnell@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 3309.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Morris Blitz Decent Homes meeting

The next meeting for Morris Blitz tenants to discuss Decent Homes improvements to the block is tonight - Tuesday 9th June at 7pm in the Beckers Community Hall.

The meeting will be discussing the use of the rear pavilion; communal repairs and the problems with damp. The location of the rubbish and recycling bins will also be addressed - we did a walkabout with officers and spoke to residents to look at the chutes at the back and see what options there are to improve the situation.

Come along and have your say about the future of Morris Blitz - senior officers from Hackney Homes and the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Office will be there to answer your questions and concerns.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

BeCreative and Green Sunday

The BeRecreative festival is today in London Fields - from noon until 6pm. This is part of the Love London festival and organised by Hackney Council and the Green Champions scheme. More information here. There will be lots of stalls and family activities to raise awareness of recycling.

And tomorrow there's a Green Sunday at the Arcola theatre around the theme of ethical consumption. There will be a clothes swap shop, market, films and talks throughout the day.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

European Elections - remember to vote today!

The European Elections are today - Thursday 4th June. The polls are open from 7am-10pm and there are four polling stations in Stoke Newington Central:
  • St Paul's Church Hall, Amhurst Road
  • The Old Fire Station, Leswin Road
  • Yorkshire Grove Community Hall
  • Abney Public Hall, Church Street
You don't need your polling card to vote. More information about the elections here. We have been proud to support the Hope Not Hate campaign in Hackney, helping get out a tabloid newspaper across the ward. The BNP need just 8% of the total vote across London to gain a seat in the European parliament - so please vote and help keep the BNP out.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

35-39 Stoke Newington High Street - update

We have been working with residents on Victorian Grove with regards to the application for a license on 35-39 Stoke Newington High Street (the empty premises just round the corner from Tesco).

Any resident who made an objection to the application will now have received some more information from the Council's Licensing Department.

The applicant has made some amendments, but we are aware there are still concerns about a late opening on a residential road. The provisional date for the Licensing Committee hearing is 18th June - we 'll keep you posted and Cllr Rita Krishna will be organising a meeting with residents ahead of this.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Play areas

Twelve new play areas have opened across Hackney thanks to £2.5m funding from the Labour Government.

The play areas are all in public spaces, and have been renovated as part of the Play Pathfinder project from the Department of Children, Schools and Families, which aims to encourage play - the sites use natural settings and innovative designs, fully involving local residents in the design process.

Butterfield Green stream was one of the areas. There will be a second phase of the Play Pathfinder project and we have been lobbying hard to ensure that one of the sites will be in Stoke Newington Central.