Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
They are in operation from Monday to Friday at selected times. More will be rolled out on the North London Line and on the extended East London Line when it is reopened next year with new stations in Hackney at Shoreditch, Haggerston, Hoxton and Dalston Junction.
The trains will have more space for passengers, improved CCTV and air conditioning. With three carriages, they will be able to carry almost 500 people – an eight per cent increase compared to the old ones.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Come along and have your say before the planning application is submitted.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
A few new license applications have gone in for premises on the High Street and Stoke Newington Road.
Stokies, 204 Stoke Newington High Street have put in an application to vary their license to:
- provide karaoke/DJ on Mon & Tue 21:00 to 23:00 and Wed-Sun 21:00 to 3:00 the day following
- provide/extend hours for live music on Mon & Tue 21:00 - 23:00 and Wed- Sun 21:00 - 3:00 the day following
- extend hours for recorded music onMon-Sun till 5:00 the day following
El Panchos, 176 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7UY has put in an application for a premises licence for late night refreshment from 23:00-02:00am daily and supply of alcohol from 10:00-01:30am daily.
The deadline for representations is 20th August.
Representations can be made online or in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you make your representation it is important to stress how the changes will impact on the four licensing objectives:
- Prevention of crime and disorder
- Ensuring public safety
- Prevention of public nuisance
- Protection of children from harm
Friday, 24 July 2009
There was also an important motion on the use of the Sustainable Communities Act. This was proposed by Labour councillors Ian Rathbone and Deniz Oguzkanli. This Council:
- Shares the widespread concern among Hackney residents at the high concentration of betting shops in some parts of the borough, and the constraints of planning and licensing regulations in addressing this.
- Welcomes the hard work of the Mayor and other councillors over the past two years in campaigning for planning and licensing regulations to be tightened so that Councils can have a greater role in shaping their local communities
- Notes the recent meeting initiated by the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission, which investigated the problem, heard from local residents and international experts as to the problems betting shops can cause, and collected evidence to be used as part of a London-wide move to restrict the growth of gambling off and on-line.
- Endorses the decision by the Labour administration to take a lead in London in using the Sustainable Communities Act to put forward proposals seeking powers for local authorities to tackle the concentration of betting shops in areas with highlevels of deprivation, as set out by the Cabinet Member at April’s meeting of Full Council.‘
The Sustainable Communities Act allows councils and residents to play a key role in making their communities more sustainable. Local authorities put forward proposals to the Local Government Association by the end of this month.
The Labour administration is Hackney is proposing that the Sustainable Communities Act can be used to influence the shape of our high streets, by allowing local authorities to prevent the concentration of betting shops in areas of high deprivation.This follows extensive consultation with local groups such as the Hackney Community Empowerment Network and Local Works and residents via the e-panel and neighbourhood forums, and a special scrutiny commission meeting on the issue (more info here).
Cllr Louisa Thomson asked a question about the plans to use the Sustainable Communities Act back in April - as we are aware of the importance of the proposals for the potential to improve the overall sustainability of local communites. We have three betting shops already in Stoke Newington and local residents also attach great importance to the unique character our High Street - having powers to help prevent the proliferation of betting shops and shape the High Street would be very welcome.
The motion got the full support of Labour councillors in the Chamber - the one Green councillor on Hackney was not present and did not support the motion.
Other issues considered at the meeting included:
- A deputation from the Campaign for Real Ale on preserving local pubs
- Designating Hackney Road as a conservation area
- Annual report on Looked After Children in Hackney
- Tackling worklessness - report from the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission
- Annual report from the Standards Committee
The full agenda and reports are here.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
- Clapton Pond
- Clissold Park
- De Beauvoir Square
- Hackney Downs
- Haggerston Park
- London Fields
- Shoreditch Park
- Springfield Park
- St John at Hackney Churchyard
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Thanks to everyone who organised and took part in today's Big Lunch events - the one on Farleigh Road was an amazing success, with over a 100 residents joining in sharing food and getting to know their fellow neighbours.
The street was decked out with bunting and tables down the centre of the road - a rare sight in busy London and proof that a neighbourly spirit is alive and thriving in Stoke Newington.
There was strong support for making this an annual street party event!
There's one taking place on Farleigh Road starting at 12 noon, on Butterfield Green and also at St Paul's Church on Amhurst Road.
Hopefully the rain will stay away and we hope that everyone taking part enjoys themselves!
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Hackney Council has been working on proposals to improve Church Street - creating a cleaner, safer and de-cluttered street for all residents and visitors to enjoy. The proposals include:
- Reducing the speed limit between Albion Road and the A10 to 20mph
- Measures on side roads such as entry treatments and kerb build outs to encourage vehicles to slow down and make it easier for pedestrians and motorists to see clearly
- A new pavement
- A new road surface between Albion Road and Wilmer Place
- Removing street clutter such as signs and bollards
- Increasing the number of cycle stands
- Planting more street trees
Following the consultation, works will start in August and be completed by December 2009.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
The Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum is taking place tonight 7pm at the Trinty Centre, Beechwood Road, E8 3DY.
These are quarterly meetings where local residents can come along and hear presentations and ask questions on specific local issues. Councillors from the Stoke Newington neighbourhood (Stoke Newington Central, Clissold, Dalston, Brownswood and Lorship wards) will also be present.
The agenda for tomorrow's meeting is here and includes a discussion on the North London railway line; Clissold House restoration project and the Council's Betting Shops consultation.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Details of what’s happening in Hackney as part of CREATE09, as well as in Hackney’s fringe festival are in this guide.
There are events taking place just down the road from Stoke Newington at the Arcola Theatre and Gillett Square in Dalston.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Local residents are encouraged to celebrate our local green spaces, by taking pictures of what they love most about their local park. All winners will have their photos professionally exhibited and made into postcards. The deadline is 3rd August.
The competition is organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund - who have supported some of Hackney's major park redevelopment projects.
Improving green spaces are one of our local priorities - Hackney has seven parks with Green Flag status, and in Stoke Newington, we are working hard to solve some of the issues around Kynaston Gardens and also supporting Groundwork's exciting plans for the West Hackney Recreation Ground so that more residents will benefit from quality parks to spend time in and enjoy.