Thursday, 24 December 2009
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our readers and all Stoke Newington residents!
It's been a busy new year for the three of us and 2010 will be even more so - with a general election and council elections. We look forward to continuing to work with you all in improving our local area.
In the meantime - have a lovely restful holiday period and see you all next year!
Louisa, Rita and Muttalip
(We'll be taking a short break from blogging and will be back in January)
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
As well as all the other materials you can recycle make sure you recycle the following this Christmas:
- Christmas cards
- Glass bottles
- Sauce jars
- Plastic drinks bottles and packaging
- TV guides and magazines
- Foil from your turkey
- Vegetable peelings
- Real Christmas trees
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
The Three Crowns, 175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH have put in an application to vary their existing licence:
- to allow the supply of alcohol from 7am to 3.30am Sun to Weds and 7am to 4.30am Thurs to Sat and Christmas Eve
- regulated entertainment of plays, films, indoor sporting events, boxing and wrestling, live music, recorded music, performances of dance and facilities for making music and dancing from 7am to 4am Sun to Weds; 7am-5am Thurs to Sat and Christmas Eve
- Late night refreshment from 23.00-3.30am Sun-Weds and 23.00-4.30am Thurs-Sat and Christmas Eve
- to allow the supply of alcohol from 1oam-2am Mon to Sat and 12noon-23.00 on Sunday
- regulated entertainment comprising of plays, films, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, facilities for making music, dancing from 10-midnight Mon-Thurs; 10-2am Fri and Sat; and 10-23.00 Sun.
- late night refreshment from 23.00-midnight Mon-Thurs; and 23.00 to 2am Fri and Sat
- prevention of crime and disorder
- prevention of public nuisance
- public safety
- the protection of children from harm
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing email@example.com.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Monday, 21 December 2009
This year, refuse collections scheduled to take place between Monday 21 December and Friday 25 December will all be collected a day before the normal service. That means if your waste is normally collected on Monday, it will picked up on Sunday 20 December, and if it’s normally on Friday, it will be collected on Thursday 24 December instead of the 25th.
A normal service will be carried out between Monday 28 December and Thursday 31 December.
Refuse collections due on Friday 1 January will be collected on Saturday 2 January instead.
Recycling collections will be carried out as normal except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, Friday 25 December and 1 January, which will be collected on Saturday 26 December and 2 January, respectively.
Refuse and recycling collections will return to normal service on Monday 4 January 2010. For more information regarding these service changes, please visit www.hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 6688.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
The newsletter gives information about what the local Safer Neighbourhood Team have been doing in our ward, and also celebrates four years of neighbourhood policing. In our area, crime has falled by 13% since the teams were introduced in 2005.
The newsletter is delivered with your copy of Hackney Today so please let us know if you haven't received it. You can also download it here.
REMINDER - the consultation on a borough wide controlled drinking area runs until Christmas Eve. Have you say online here.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
There's a Christmas market in Abney Public Hall on Saturday 19th from 10.30am - 5pm with lots of stalls from local designers. More information here.
Our local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be at the Farmers Market on Church Street tomorrow - Saturday 19th - between 10am and 4pm for a crime prevention surgery.
There is another craft fair at Leswin Place on Sunday.
St Paul's on Amhurst Road has a carol service on Sunday evening at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
Friday, 18 December 2009
At the moment, local authorities have little control over the proliferation of betting shops on our high streets. Hackney Council made a submission under the Sustainable Communities Act for stronger powers to help control the number of betting shops and protect our local area. The current situation is very frustrating as the Council does not have the legal powers to respond to residents' concerns on this issue.
There was good news this month as we found out that Hackney's proposal has been shortlisted by the Local Government Association. At the end of the month we will find out whether it will go to government ministers for their consideration.
Stoke Newington Business Association organised carol singing, mince pies and mulled wine outside the fire station on Church Street yesterday evening.
Despite the cold temperatures, everyone entered into the festive spirit - thanks to the SNBA for putting together such a successful event!
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe's decision to introduce 20mph speed limits on local streets has been proven to be a life saver.
Researchers have found that 20mph zones cut road injuries by a huge 40%.
The 20mph zones are particularly useful in saving young children from death and injury, according to researchers from the University of London. Reductions are greatest for younger children (aged up to 11 years), and higher for the category of killed or seriously injured casualties than for those suffering minor injuries. More information about the research is here.
In Stoke Newington Central, the latest 20mph zone in the Shacklewell area was consulted on in the autumn after a strong campaign from residents. Your local councillors have also lobbied hard for the area around Darville/Bayston/Leswin Road to be consulted on in the next financial year - 2010/11.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
The free screening has been organised by Hackney Democracy Ambassadors with support from the Council’s Youth Service. The film brings out prejudice and racial stereotypes in a plot where several stories interweave over two days involving a collection of inter-related characters. A debate around the film's key issues will follow the screening, which is restricted to young people aged 15 and over.
The event is funded under the Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF), part of the Government’s Aiming High for Young people strategy to increase the participation of young people in positive leisure time activities, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
To reserve a seat text or call: Mandy 07527 385680 or Fiona 07972 008927.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Businesses in Hackney are being offered the opportunity to join a new network that can offer them targeted support and advice.
The Hackney Enterprise Network (HEN) has been launched for local businesses in the borough. It is designed to help local entrepreneurs to make new contacts, enter new markets, grow and fund their businesses. It will also offer targeted support and advice – with networking events, business skills workshops, advice on enterprise growth, loans and small grants, advice for recession-hit businesses, and information on central government support.
Businesses can register their interest in joining the Hackney Enterprise Network (HEN) by calling: 020 7241 7087, visiting the website: www.hbv.org.uk/hackneyenterprisenetwork.html or e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, visit: HBV Enterprise, 34-38 Dalston Lane, London, E8 2AZ.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
- a person living sufficiently close to the premises to be likely to be affected by the authorised activities
- has business interests that might be affected by the authorised activities
- representing persons who satisfy the above bullet points
- preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime
- ensuring that gambling is carried out in a fair and open way and
- protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling
We do have concerns about this application – as the concentration of betting shops is an issue in Hackney. Find out more here about what Hackney has proposed through the Sustainable Communities Act, although as this is still in process, unfortunately it won’t help with regards to this application. Please contact us for any further information.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Officers from Hackney Homes will be presenting their proposals to residents and representatives from the Neighbourhood office will also be on hand to answer any housing management questions. This meeting is open to Beck House residents only.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
The installation is bein powered by bicycle! Willing participants are needed throughout the day to pedal for 15 minutes at a time.
Friday, 4 December 2009
The Renkart Centre at 86 Stoke Newington High Street has put in an application for a premises licence to allow supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment comprising of plays, films, live music, recorded music, performances of dance, any entertainment of a similar description and facilities for dancing from 18:00 to 02:00 Fri to Sun. The application is online here.If you would like to make a representation on this application, it must address the four licensing objectives:
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
At November's Full Council meeting last week, alongside the deputation opposing Boris Johnson's road safety cuts and the campaign to make Hackney plastic bag free from pupils at London Fields primary school, a number of other issues were raised during questions to the Mayor and Cabinet members, including:
- Clean streets - it was reported that there have been consistent improvements in keeping Hackney streets clean over the last three years. This is measured by Keep Britain Tidy, and this year 89% of our streets were judged as clean, and Hackney was the fifth cleanest Borough in London. Teams work from 5am-1am the following morning to remove waste, cleanse and deep clean streets and remove graffiti
- Decluttering - Stoke Newington Church Street was cited as the best example of decluttering in Hackney, with 56 signposts, 65 signs, 51 bollards and 28m of guardrailing being removed. Cllr Alan Laing also reported that he will be lobbying TfL to ensure there is major investment in improvements along the A10.
- The Council is promoting road safety and cycling through the 'Be Safe and Be Seen' campaign - giving out reflective bands and spoke reflectors at schools. There are also free Dr Bike services in Hackney. It was reported that £2m a year is invested in improving cycling in Hackney and we have more cyclists that anywhere else in London!
- Cllr Louisa Thomson also asked a question about the Council's green procurement strategy and Cllr Sophie Linden, the Cabinet member for sustainability reported that Hackney recently won a gold standard award for its green procurement code - one of only 16 other local authorities that were recognised.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Although there has been some progress since the last meeting, and new security staff are now in place, it appears that a number of conditions of Satchmo's license are still being breached, and residents are being disturbed in the early hours of the morning.