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Friday, 31 July 2009

Dalston Mill and Arcola Green Sunday

Green Sunday is taking place this Sunday - 2nd August from 3-7.30pm - outside the Dalston Mill.

It's organised by the Arcola theatre and is an informal and friendly meeting place for minds and projects in arts and sustainability. As well as a Swap Shop, live capoeria perfromances and music, Dr Bike will be presemt on Sunday to provide bike MOT checks.

Dalston Mill is a 16-metre high windmill by the peace mural on Dalston Lane. It's been created by experimental architectural artists EXYZT as part of Hackney’s CREATE09 Festival.
With around 60 rotations per minute, the windmill produces enough electricity to grind wheat to make flour and bake bread. The project runs until Thursday 6 August and is free to attend.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

New trains on the London Overground

The first new London Overground trains entered service this week on the North London Line which runs through Dalston Kingsland.

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.

The Labour Mayor of Hackney - Jules Pipe has been campaigning for four years for better public transport for Hackney and the imrovements to the East and North London lines will help to transform Hackney's connections to the rest of London.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

There is a community meeting tonight at 6.30pm at Somerford and Shacklewell community hall where the local Primary Care Trust will be present to show their plans for the redevelopment of the health centre on Somerford Grove.

Come along and have your say before the planning application is submitted.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

New licensing applications

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
The deadline for representations is 9th August.

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 licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

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

What goes on in the Town Hall...

This month's Full Council meeting was on Wednesday 22nd July.

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

Church Street improvements

Update: following the display of the Council's plans to improve Church Street in Abney Hall last night, you can now comment on the consultation online - the full details are on the Council's website here.

Ten green flags for Hackney!

Hackney parks have won ten awards - nine Green Flags and one green heritage award. The Green Flag awards are a national standard for parks and green spaces - recognising and rewarding the best parks in the country.

The award winning parks are:
In 2006 Hackney had two award winning parks and now we have ten, which shows how much work the Council and park user groups have put in to making our parks in Hackney places that all residents can enjoy.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Big Lunch success

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!

The Big Lunch - today

Today is the Big Lunch day - where people all across the UK are coming together with their neighbours to share food and get to know each other.

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

Consultation on Church Street improvements

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
The plans will be on display at Abney Public Hall on Church Street on 21st July from 6-8pm and a leaflet is being distributed to surrounding streets and businesses.

Following the consultation, works will start in August and be completed by December 2009.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Summer activities for young people in Stoke Newington

There are a wide range of activities being organised across Hackney this summer for young people to take part in over the holidays.
As well as playschemes, free swimming for under 16s, events at libraries and museums (see here for more info) there are sports, singing, dancing, art and crafts activites at youth clubs and venues in every neighbourhood. You can download the full guide to what's on here.

In Stoke Newington there are sports programmes in Clissold Park, events at the Arcola theatre, Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground, alongside the two existing youth clubs in the ward - Smalley Road Youth Project, every Sat 6-9pm at the Old Fire Station; and Yorkshire Grove youth project at the Communist hall, Tues, Thurs and Sat from 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

There is also a brand new website created by young people in Hackney - see here for more information. This includes information about the current round of Youth Opportunity Fund grants - the deadline is 30th July.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum - tonight

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

Guide to Hackney festivals this summer

All over Hackney this summer there are visual arts, festivals, dance, music and cultural events as part of the CREATE09 festival. The events aim to showcase local talent and celebrate Hackney's creativity and diversity.

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

New low emission refuse trucks for Hackney

Eight new vehicles have been introduced to Hackney’s waste services to help bring down carbon emissions in Hackney.

The two 12-tonne compact refuse collection trucks, five road sweepers and a street washer were the first of 20 new vehicles to be delivered as part of Hackney's ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions and improve cleanliness across the borough.

The next step is to operate more vehicles on biodiesel fuels from sustainable sources. The Council is also looking into the possibility of introducing electrically-powered rubbish collection vehicles.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Have your say on local policing issues - tonight

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.

Sunday, 5 July 2009


We attended a meeting organised by the new management at Satchmo's this morning with local residents on Palatine Road and Palatine Avenue to discuss noise nuisance from the venue and the serious incident two weekends ago. As you are no doubt aware, this venue has a history.

It was clear from the meeting that the management have some way to go in order to be adhering to the terms of their license, and residents have agreed to work with them to explain the impact that the breaches have on their quality of life and find a way forward to address these concerns.

A number of action points were agreed - making sure the doors are kepy closed along the side of the venue after 10pm; turning off the lights outside; making sure security guards are in place; making the front a designated smoking area; having a contract with a taxi firm so that visitors to the venue quickly leave when it closes.

The management also agreed to regular meetings with residents to keep addressing these concerns and try to ensure both a successful business and peace and reassurance for those who live nearby.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Postcard from the Park

Do you have a favourite local park? Clissold? Springfield Park? Butterfield Green? An annual competition - Postcard from the Park - has just been launched.

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.