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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Season's Greetings from Stoke Newington Central councillors!

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

Have a happy green Christmas!

Hackney Council has been encouraging all local residents to carry on recycling over the festive period. Most of the waste generated over Christmas can be recycled through the Council's recycling services – alongside the usual refuse collection services, which makes it even easier for residents to recycle this year.

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
More tips on recycling this Christmas here.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Two new licensing applications in Stoke Newington

Two new licence applications just before Christmas!

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
Trapdoor at the Basement of 175 Stoke Newington Road have put in an application for a premises license
  • 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
If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:
  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • the protection of children from harm
The deadline for the Three Crowns is 8th January 2010 and for Trapdoor 7th January 2010.

Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Recycling and waste collection over Christmas and New Year

During the Christmas and New Year holidays there will be some changes to refuse and recycling collection days in Hackney.

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

Safer Stoke Newington newsletter

The latest edition of the Safer Stoke Newington newsletter has just been published.

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

Events in Stoke Newington this weekend.

Festivities in Stoke Newington over the next two days...

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

Do we need another betting shop on the High Street?

REMINDER: The deadline is approaching for representations on Paddy Power's application for a betting shop on Stoke Newington High Street. If you wish to make a representation - it needs to reach the Licensing Department by 21st December 2009. The application is online here and you can find out more about how to make a representation here.

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.

Carol singing in Stoke Newington

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

20mph zones save lives

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

Boxing day parking in Hackney

You may have seen this story about how London councils are deciding on how to treat Boxing Day with respect to parking enforcement.

Boxing Day is normally a bank holiday in England, but due to it falling on a Saturday, it isn't actually a holiday, which is instead on the 28th.

As a result, the 33 London councils are taking different approaches to how they are planning on dealing with parking. Boroughs like Westminster will be enforcing parking restrictions as usual.

Hackney was going to be doing the same - until a discussion was led by Labour councillors with officers of the council and, as a result, the council has decided to extend the season of goodwill to include Boxing Day and so we will be treating the 26th of December as if it was a bank holiday - giving much greater freedom for people parking when they're visiting their friends and families.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Christmas market - today!

There's a Christmas market in Abney Public Hall today from 10.30am - 5pm. There will be lots of stalls from local designers and carol singing at 12.15pm.

Come along and do your Christmas shopping locally!

More information here.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Free screening of Crash

Young people in Hackney aged 15 and over, are invited to a free screening of the Oscar award-winning film “Crash”, featuring Ludacris, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Terrance Howard and Thandi Newton, on Friday 11 December 2009, 5-8pm, at Hackney Town Hall, Council Chamber.

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

Hackney Enterprise Network launches

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: hen@hbv.org.uk Alternatively, visit: HBV Enterprise, 34-38 Dalston Lane, London, E8 2AZ.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

New application under the Gambling Act

Paddy Power have put in an application for a betting shop at 117-119 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH. Representations against the above applications can be made by responsible authorities and interested parties. The Gambling Act defines interested parties as:
  • 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
Representations should be based on the licensing objectives, the Gambling Commission’s Guidance and Code of Practice:
  • 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
The deadline for representations is 21/12/2009 and these can be made in writing to licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

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

Beck house meeting

There is a meeting tonight at 7pm in Stoke Newington Town Hall to discuss future options for Beck House.

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

In Clean Air We Fly

An exciting art event is taking place down the road in Dalston tomorrow - Sunday 6th December 12 - 9pm. Gillet Square will be hosting an audio installation - an outdoor electronic symphony to highlight air pollution in London - created by local Hackney artist, Kaffe Matthews, with pupils from Shacklewell Primary and Colvestone School.

The installation is bein powered by bicycle! Willing participants are needed throughout the day to pedal for 15 minutes at a time.

The event is being staged the weekend before the UN Climate Change conference opens in Copenhagen. It continues indoors at the Vortex Jazz Club, Gillett Square 12-6pm 7th-11th December. More information here.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Christmas Fair - St Paul's - tomorrow

St Paul's Church on Amhurst Road is holding its Christmas fair tomorrow, Saturday 5th December.

It's taking place in the Church Hall between 11am and 4pm and there will be Christmas goodies, a bric a brac, tombola and raffle, mulled wine and mince pies... and much more!

And don't forget that the Christmas forest is outside the Church again this year where you can pick up your Christmas tree!

New license application

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
Representations must be made in writing, and should be sent to: The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT by the closing date. Alternatively, you can email it to licensing@hackney.gov.uk. The closing date for representations is 23rd December 2009.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Update from the Town Hall

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

Satchmo's update

At the weekend, we attended another meeting with the management of Satchmo's and local residents.

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.

A further set of action points were agreed - and residents made it clear that the venue has to ensure it closes at 2am - as set out in the terms of its premises license. We will also be following up all the points that were raised at the meeting with the Council to make sure they are fully aware of residents' concerns. A commitment was made to continue to work together to try and ensure that the bar operates successfully but with more responsibility to those living nearby.