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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Update from Hackney Town Hall

Last night was Full Council at the Town Hall. A key part of the meeting involves councillors asking questions to the Mayor and Cabinet.

In light of the recent applications that have been submitted for late night venues, and ongoing problems with noise nuisance from existing venues, we asked a question on what is being done to crack down on problem pubs and clubs.

Cllr Alan Laing, the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods gave us an update on the work of the Licensing Enforcement Group which brings together the Licensing and pollution teams, the police, Anti Social Behaviour Team and other partners to identify premises that are causing issues, draw up action plans and use enforcement if necessary.

We also asked whether a Special Policy Area (which helps to restrict licensed premises and make it easier to manage the effects of the night time economy on the local community) could be considered for the A10 in Stoke Newington and the reply was that if residents support this, then it is an option that can be investigated further.

Some of the other issues raised last night were:
  • The Council's response to gritting - confirmation that the Council gritted 40% of roads, and praise for the Streetscene staff who worked all hours to keep the main roads moving. There will be a review on what the Council can learn from the cold snap - especially on side streets
  • Crime figures for Hackney - there has been a 39% overall reduction in street crime and 43% in personal robbery. Cllr Alan Laing pointed out that Mayor Jules Pipe meets regularly with the Borough commander - unlike the Mayor of London who has decided he doesn't have time to chair the Metropolitan Police Authority.
  • Hackney has been awarded £3m for the next two years from the Social Housing Energy Savings Programme which will mean 1000 properties can have cavity wall insulation (in addition to the 2500 already being done through the Decent Homes programme)
  • Hackney is getting £16.2m from the Homes and Communities Agency to bring forward regeneration schemes and more affordable housing in the borough - this was the highest allocation in London.
  • 79% of residents are happy with our parks and open spaces in Hackney. More investment is happening locally with £9m to upgrade Clissold Park and £1.1m into Hackney Downs.
Also on the agenda was a discussion of the Local Development Scheme and a report back from the Health in Hackney Commission on health and worklessness.

A busy evening as usual!

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