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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Tackling anti social behaviour

Residents contacted us about the problems with anti social behaviour around Victorian Grove and Ormsby Place.

We are still pushing for the issues with minicab parking and noise from venues in this area to be tackled effectively:

  • Patrols by the police and parking officers are continuing and where possible catching illegal parking by minicabs.

  • One of the conditions of the Social Club’s license is that patrons have to act responsibly and not disturb those living nearby. If you are disturbed at all it is important to log these complaints with the noise team on 020 8356 4455.

  • If residents are directly threatened or there is intimidating behaviour by a minicab driver – this should be reported to the Public Carriage Office (0845 602 7000) with the vehicle number/driver details if possible
Following the public meeting last year, we had another useful meeting with council officers, the local police and residents last month, where we discussed what happens when a club has appeared with no planning permission and the steps the Council can take to enforce against this.

It is often a slow process but where successful, does send a strong message that new premises have to comply with the law. This is an issue along the High Street and the Planning Department are looking into a number of cases at the moment.

We've also asked for CCTV to be installed in the location which might help to deter anti social behaviour.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Satchmo's Review

The Police have applied to review Satchmo's premises license. This is good news for long suffering residents living nearby who have had to put up with late night noise and disturbance for months on end. Despite attempts to work with the owners, the venue persistently failed to keep to the terms of its license.

More information online here. If any resident wishes to make a representation on this application, the deadline is 19th May and you need to email licensing@hackney.gov.uk or write to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT.

Managing the night time economy in Stoke Newington:

We are regularly contacted by residents who live on the A10 and on side streets who are increasingly concerned by noise and disturbance from pubs and clubs, as well as the number of new applications for late night premises licences. We feel that the needs of the night time economy have to be balanced with the right of residents to have a good night’s sleep, and we have been asking for residents views on whether Stoke Newington should have a ‘Special Policy Area.

A Special Policy Area (SPA) is a designated area which helps to restrict the licensing of premises. There is a SPA in Shoreditch at the moment, and it means that when a club or bar makes a new application for a premises licence, the assumption is that it will add to the often negative effects of the night time economy – crime and disorder, public nuisance and public safety. Unless the applicant can clearly demonstrate that this will not be the case, then the application is refused.

Each application is still judged individually and residents still need to make representations about particular premises. But a SPA does recognise that the concentration of premises, especially in town centres and main roads like the A10 alongside residential houses needs to be managed more effectively due to the impact it has on local residents.

We've had a lot of responses to our survey and the vast majority of those who replied have been in favour of a SPA. Please get in touch to let us know your views.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

East London Line opening

We went along to celebrate the opening of the East London Line at Dalston. The new line will run from Dalston Junction to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south. By February 2011 it will have been extended to Highbury & Islington.

This project came about thanks to a long campaign from Hackney's Mayor, Jules Pipe and the former Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone recognising the importance of putting Hackney on the tube map. It was given the go-ahead and £1billion of investment by Labour in 2003 and helped to secure London's bid to host the Olympics.

Labour is also committed to building Corssrail which would link up to the East London Line at Whitechapel.
There have been worrying reports that the Tories do not share the same commitment to improving London's transport - they have refused to give guarantees that the Crossrail project will continue.

Crossrail is vital for business, jobs and economic growth in London, and will will add ten per cent to London's transport capacity, create 14,000 jobs in the construction period alone and add an estimated £20billion to London's economy.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Election myth buster: 20mph zones

It’s election time and it can get a little tedious everyone claiming credit for various initiatives. However, the latest leaflet from the Greens does make a number of claims that are simply not true:

The Greens say they pushed for 20mph zones in Hackney.

In fact this has been Council policy since 2003 – Stoke Newington Central ward councillor Rita Krishna led the scrutiny review that made the recommendation that all residential roads in the borough should be 20mph.

Several years later, the Green councillor proposed a motion that would have meant just putting up signs for 20mph zones without traffic calming measures and without the enforcement needed by the police. This would have been meaningless and would not have made our roads safer.

By the end of this year, we will have made over 2000 residential roads 20mph and are on track to meet out pledge of full coverage by 2012.

In our ward – there is one remaining area to be made 20mph zone and we’ve worked with residents to push for additional traffic calming measures when the consultation happens later this year. We also worked hard to ensure that the newly refurbished Stoke Newington Church Street had a 20mph speed limit when it re-opened – and we were successful.

We’re delivering 20mph zones already. Moreover, there was nothing in the Greens last budget to fund the continued roll out of the zones.

Real Nappy Week

This week is Real Nappy Week - an annual, national awareness campaign that provides support and advice to new and expecting parents who are keen to help protect the environment. To help them get started, Hackney Council is offering a £54 voucher to those who want to make the change to real nappies.

There are two events happening locally in Stoke Newington:

Tuesday 27 April, 2 - 4pm, Nappuccino from The Washable Nappy Company at Stoke Newington Library (Education Room), 180 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JL. Nappy demo; nappy retailer; and an opportunity to pick up a free nappy voucher on the spot.

Thursday 29 April, 10am - 1pm, Real Nappy Party at Linden Children’s Centre, 86-92 Rectory Road, N16 7SH. 10:45 Nappy change competition; 11:15 Musical entertainment for adults and children; 12:30 Prize winners’ announcements.

More information online here.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Postal votes have arrived!

Postal votes have started arriving on doorsteps across Hackney and local Labour volunteers have been encouraging people in Stoke Newington to make their vote count.

We've been out meeting residents and have been overwhelmed with the positive support we've received. We've enjoyed talking to you about our pledges for Stoke Newington and what we want to do as your local councillors over the next four years

Hackney Labour is committed to making Stoke Newington safer, fairer and more sustainable. We can only do this with your continued support

If you'd like to lend a hand in the final week and a half of the election, please do contact us.

Rita, Louisa and Susan

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Tackling fly tipping

There are a number of locations around Stoke Newington that attract flytipping and we've been lobbying the Council to make sure that there is tough action against those who are dumping rubbish and causing an eyesore in our area.

The recycling bins on Gunstor Road have been a problem in recent months and we've asked Hackney Homes to look at enclosing the bins. Bulky waste removal teams from both Hackney Homes and the Council are regularly attending this location to keep it as clear as possible.

If you spot anyone fly-tipping please make a note of the day, date and time of the incident, how many people were fly-tipping and what they looked like and finally the make, colour and registration number of any vehicles involved. This should then be reported to the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Department on 020 8356 4810. Fixed penalty notices can be issues if offenders are caught in the act.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Grants for voluntary and community organisations

Applications are now open for grants for voluntary and community organisations in Hackney.

£750,000 of funding is available for local groups who can show that what they are proposing will reach vulnerable groups in Hackney. This could include anything from reducing child poverty and providing activiites for young people to helping older people to live independently, tackling fuel poverty, or helping people into work or training.

Organisations can apply for three levels of funding - £1-5,000; £6-15, 000 and £16-30,000.

The grants scheme is run by Team Hackney and administered by Hackney Council for Voluntary Services. The deadline is 12 noon on 28th May and you can download an application pack here. For advice on applying, call 020 7923 1962 or email elizabeth@hcvs.org.uk.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Dangerous dogs and dog fouling

We are aware of several incidents involving dangerous dogs that have happened locally in the past month. This is particularly bad on Smalley Road Estate where the play equipment is being repeatedly chewed and ruined by dogs. We’ve asked for the new neighbourhood wardens to patrol the areas where this is reported to be happening.

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control in a public place:

  • If you find a dog you believe to be dangerous and it is an emergency call 999 immediately

  • If you see a dog and have information about the behaviour of the dog, a description and any information about the owner, call the Council’s Animal Welfare department on 020 8985 5930 (Office hours) or 0844 482 8337 (out of hours)

  • You can also call the local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 07879 603037

We also have picked up a lot of complaints about dog fouling. The Council is already taking action to reduce the problem - the whole of Hackney is covered by a Dog Fouling Control Order which means that any offenders who are caught will face a £80 fine. We’ve also asked for officers to pay particular attention to roads where residents have reported problems.

However, we will push for more resources for Stoke Newington if we are elected on May 6th. We think this is necessary because the problem is getting worse with the growth in the number of so called ‘status dogs’ owned by irresponsible owners who fail to clean up after their animals.

If you spot an offender, remember you can report them directly to the Enforcement Team on 020 8356 4810.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Our five pledges for Stoke Newington

Alongside Hackney Labour's manifesto, we have made five pledges for Stoke Newington so you can hold us to account if we are re-elected: We will:
  • Campaign for a cleaner and safer High Street with more regular street cleaning and tough action against noisy venues, crime and anti social behaviour
  • Sign up residents and businesses to the Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge to promote local shopping, recycling and cutting carbon emissions
  • Ensure there are more things locally that young people want to do - from a new state of the art youth centre for Stoke Newington to activities across the ward and on estates
  • Continue to work with the Council and Transport for London to remove the Stoke Newington one-way system, make our roads safer and improve cycling in the ward
  • Make sure that our area benefits from Decent Homes improvements and campaign with residents to improve open spaces and maintenance on estates.
These pledges build on the work that we've been doing in Stoke Newington - there's lots more alongside so do get in touch if you have any questions or issues you want to raise with us.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Labour's 2010 manifesto for Hackney

With the general and local elections only a few weeks away, Hackney Labour has launched our manifesto for the local elections and for Hackney Mayor.

The manifesto is a detailed and costed set of proposals which set out a clear vision for the borough for the next four years and which looks back on our record since the last election.

Highlights of some of our commitments are:
  • make it easier for people to report anti social behaviour and noise nuisance
  • launch a campaign for responsible dog ownership
  • commit to further support for victims of domestic violence
  • increase drug and alcohol treatment places by 10%
  • we will plant at least another 1,000 street trees
  • we will look to expand our recycling service further
  • all residential streets will be covered by a 20mph speed limit by 2014
  • we will look to support those residents who want to grow more of their own food
  • continue to provide free swimming for children and the elderly
  • continue to work with the Hackney Empire to ensure it reopens
  • we will complete the rebuilding or refurbishment of all our secondary schools
  • six primary schools will be rebuilt or refurbished to the highest standards
  • we will open five new youth centres
  • we will complete Decent Homes on our estates by 2013
  • we will use all our powers to bring empty properties back into use
  • by 2013 - we will have created 100 council apprenticeships
  • we'll increase the number of council services available online
You can download a copy of it here.

New cycle lane completed

The cycle lane at the bottom of Palatine Road is now complete.

This is part of the new Olympic Cycle Route, funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to promote safe and sustainable access to the Olympic Park. The previous cycle lane at the end of Palatine Road had fallen into disrepair and had been neglected.

We worked with residents to help improve the new scheme. Those living nearby said they wanted to see more planting and landscaping around the site as many children play here, and as a result the design was amended and considerably improved. The cycle lane has been moved and raised to encourage a shared space that both cyclists and pedestrians can use.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

New application for a premises licence

Bar Ish, 160 Stoke Newington Road has made an application for a premises licence:

Live music, recorded music, performance of dance, entertainment and supply of alcohol from 11am to midnight Sun-Weds; and from 11am - 1.30am Thurs and Friday.

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
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk. The deadline for representations is 10th May 2010.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Congratulations to all involved in the Church Street re-opening event yesterday - especially the Stoke Newington Business Association for making it happen.

The street came alive with 'I Love Stokey' balloons, special offers in the shops, a steel band, face painting... and the street being officially declared open again for business.

Stoke Newington in the sunshine and at its finest!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Election myth buster: Betting Shops

The local elections are being held on 6th May in Hackney. Although we primarily have kept this blog about our work for Stoke Newington as the local councillors, and avoided party politics, we feel it is important to provide clear information in response to some of the leaflets that have been put out in our ward.

First up: Betting shops.

We were surprised to see a leaflet from the Greens which had a story about Paddy Power opening on the High Street.
The story got one thing right - we did campaign against the betting shop opening. You can read more about this here, and here and about the disappointing final outcome here. As far as we are aware, we were the only party to campaign against Paddy Power's application in Stoke Newington - there were no Green Party representations against the application, and Cllr Louisa Thomson was the only speaker at the committee hearing, representing the local residents who had asked us to. We put forward a very strong argument, with the support of local residents.

The Greens' leaflet then asks 'how effectively can a Labour councillor really scrutinise its party, both at a national, and local level'?

Well - the answer is - quite considerably. As we've also explained before, Hackney Council made a submission under the Sustainable Communities Act to amend the current licensing regime which gives local authorities very little say over our high streets, and means that you cannot make the argument against the concentration of betting shops in one area. Our proposal has been shortlisted, and Diane Abbott MP has recently
added her weight to the lobbying campaign to urge a decision from the government over whether we have been successful. It's a shame that when the Council passed a motion endorsing our campaign for this important change, the one Green councillor on Hackney Council didn't turn up and later admitted she was at the theatre.

Your Labour councillors in Stoke Newington and on Hackney Council are not afraid to challenge and lobby for changes to improve our local area - and are determined to keep up the pressure so we can stop the concentration of betting shops in the borough.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Church Street re-opening event - this Saturday

Two way traffic is now back in operation on Church Street and to celebrate, the Stoke Newington Business Association have organised a special event on Saturday 10th April.

There will be a ribbon cutting event and music outside William Patten School at 12.30 with music from Nostalgia steel band and face painting. Shops on Church Street and the High Street will have special offers - so come along and explore the newly refurbished street. Stoke Newington Town Hall will also be having an open house event.

Come along and support our local shops!

Download the flyer here.

Monday, 5 April 2010

The Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge

You may have noticed posters going up in shop windows and flyers on counters about the Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge.

We’ve launched a campaign to support local businesses in Stoke Newington.
Local residents tell us all the time that the main thing they value about Stoke Newington is its independence and individuality. One of the other main priorities locally is playing a part in making our area more sustainable and doing our bit to cut carbon emissions.

The Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge brings together these two key interests and we’re asking:
  • Local businesses to pledge to take steps to cut their carbon emissions by 10%
  • Local residents to pledge to shift 10% more of their spending locally each month
30 businesses in Stoke Newington signed up straight away and we will be launching a newsletter next month to share tips and ideas on cutting carbon emissions and news from local businesses.

We wanted to do something practical, bringing together shops and residents so that we can all play a part in making our area more sustainable.

More about the Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge:


5 tips for businesses to help cut carbon emissions:
  • Encourage staff to share lifts to work
  • Sign up to the cycle to work scheme
  • Use energy saving light bulbs in your shop
  • Switch to a green energy supplier
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances
5 good reasons to buy locally:
  • Helps to keep Stoke Newington unique and independent
  • Supports local jobs and the local economy
  • Reduces CO2 emissions as you don't need a car
  • Local businesses are part of the local community
  • More choice based on local customers' needs rather than a national sales plan
Let us know if you want to get involved and we look forward to working together on the Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Waste and recycling collections over Easter

A reminder that recycling collections are as normal over the Easter period, but the schedule for waste collections is below (usual collection day first, followed by the amended collection day after):
  • Easter Monday - Tues 6th
  • Tues 6th - Weds 7th
  • Weds 7th - Thurs 8th
  • Thurs 8th - Fri 9th
  • Fri 9th - Sat 10th
Collections are back to normal from Monday 12th April.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Recent shootings in Stoke Newington

We know a lot of people locally are concerned about gang activity in the Stoke Newington area - especially after the tragic death of Godwin Lawson on Amhurst Park last week and the shooting on Allen Road.

We've asked for an update on what prevention measures the Council, the police and other local partners are taking to help young people at risk of gang membership, and target those who are already involved and need support to exit.
Addressing the issues of gun crime and gang membership is complex, and requires a combination of prevention, support, and enforcement - alongside continuing to provide things to do and places to go for young people. We thought local residents might be interested to know about some of the programmes that are in place as much of this work can go unnoticed:
  • The Youth Offending Team Mobile Intervention Team (MIT) works with young people identified, primarily through the Police, as involved or at risk of involvement in gangs and group offending - one-to-one support is offered to help reduce the risks to young people and the wider community
  • The Youth Inclusion Programme receives referrals from a wide range of local partners and then provides tailored support to these young people. The work of the YIP includes Knife Awareness programmes which provide workshops to groups of young people on the dangers of knife possession and signposts young people to positive activities.
  • The Youth Crime Action Plan Family Intervention Projects provide family support to identified families with young people aged 8-17 years who are either at risk or already involved in offending behaviour. The intention is to bring about a more supportive environment in which young people can grow up.
  • Hackney's Detached Youth Workers work in the community to help signpost young people to services that can better offer them support according to their identified needs and interests.
  • The Youth Service also has centre based work and the mobile Purple Bus which respond to young people's needs and aim to provide activities that they want to see - raising awareness that certain types of behaviour can have a negative impact on the wider community
A key element underpinning this work - and that of other local partners - is raising aspirations and opportunities for young people as a whole. You can find out more about the multi agency work that goes on in Hackney on the Team Hackney website here.