We Love Stoke Newington is for residents living in the local area providing updates about local meetings, campaigns and useful information. This site is maintained by your local Labour team for Stoke Newington.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Hackney Design Awards

There is still time to nominate the best new buildings in Hackney for the Hackney Design Awards 2010 - the deadline is 2nd August.

The awards are run by the Council and help to promote high quality design in Hackney.

Anyone can make a nomination, including architects who have completed a scheme and residents or visitors who have spotted an outstanding building in Hackney.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel, and for the first time, the 2010 awards include a People’s Choice award. This is a chance for anyone not on the judging panel to vote for their favourite from the entries short-listed by the judges.

More information about what can be nominated is online here.

Friday, 23 July 2010

As we've mentioned previously, Team Hackney has its own grants programme for the voluntary and community sector.

Details of this have now been released and it's great news that this is going ahead. Organisations applying must demonstrate how theirproject delivers one or more of the seven objectives in Hackney's Sustainable CommunityStrategy:
  1. Reduce poverty by supporting residents into sustainable employment, and promoting employment opportunities.
  2. Help residents to become better qualified and raise educational aspirations. Ensure the educational improvement of Hackney’s children and young people is excellent.
  3. Promote health and wellbeing for all and support independent living.
  4. Make the borough safer, and help people feel safe in Hackney.
  5. Promote mixed communities in well-designed neighbourhoods, where people can access high quality, affordable housing.
  6. Be a sustainable community, where all citizens take pride in and take care of Hackney and its environment, for future generations.
  7. Provision of Holiday Play Schemes.
There are three grants available:
  • Small grants up to £7,000
  • Main grants up to £50,000
  • Holiday scheme grants up to £10,000
Council departments and public bodies are not able to apply, but fully constituted not-forprofit
groups are eligible.

There is more detail online here. The deadline is 22nd September 2010.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Improving local green spaces

There are two park user group meetings happening this week in Stoke Newington

Wednesday 21st July - the Friends of Kynaston Gardens User group
is meeting at 7pm in the Daniel Defoe pub on Church Street. Groundwork have drawn up plans for the Gardens, and the new user group can bid for funds for this as a newly set up community group. Unfortunately the street drinking has got worse with the nice weather and we are calling for a meeting with the Community Safety Team, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team and the Parks Department to make sure that the different agencies are working together to tackle the problem.

Thursday 22nd July - the West Hackney Recreation Ground User Group
- 7pm in St Paul's Church Hall. A bid is about to go in for major funding for the Recreation Ground. The new user group will be discussing the progress of the plans.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Building Schools for the Future

There has been a lot of press coverage of the coalition government's cuts to the Building Schools for the Future programme.

There is good news for Hackney though - none of our BSF projects are affected by the cuts.

The BSF programme has involved £167m of investment from the previous Labour Government which has meant that three Hackney schools have been refurbished and a further three secondary and four special schools will be either rebuilt or refurbished. It's vital that every young person being educated in Hackney benefits from schools with excellent facilities - new classrooms, laboratories, kitchens, IT facilities and sports areas.

There is more information about BSF in Hackney here.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Summer activities for young people in Hackney

Over the summer, there are lots of things to do and places to go for young people.

There is a comprehensive guide online here which you can download.

It has details of all the activities for 0-19 year olds available in youth centres, children's centres, parks, libraries and leisure centres across Hackney.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Free swimming continues in Hackney

You may have read that the coalition government has cut funding for free swimming.

However, there's good news in Hackney following an announcement from the Mayor, Jules Pipe, that thousands of residents can continue to swim for free at Hackney’s leisure centres. The free swimming programme is for all under 18s and over 60s and has been very popular in Hackney.

Despite the Government cutting their part of the funding, Hackney Council will keep the programme going.

There will also be a consultation later this year to find out more about local people’s priorities for use of facilities in Hackney, and work out the best ways to promote and encourage swimming activities for residents.

Clissold Leisure Centre is part of the swimming scheme - for more information go to the GLL website here.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum - tonight

The Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum is meeting tonight at 7pm at Stoke Newington Town Hall.

These are quarterly meetings with councillors, council officers and local residents to discuss issues in the area.

On the agenda for tonight's meeting is an update on the Clissold Park project and policing priorities for Stoke Newington.

The agenda is online

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is fast approaching!

This is a nationwide event which encourages neighbours to close down their street and to come together to share food and get to know each other better.

So far there are a number of Big Lunch events taking place in Stoke Newington - one on Farleigh Road, and another in West Hackney Recreation Ground organised by the Leswin Area Residents Association.

All the details are on the Big Lunch website here.

Good luck to all those organising events. The Council is not charging for street closures for Big Lunch events - it's probably now too short notice to organise one, but let us know if we can help next year!

Efe Restaurant planning application

Efe Restaurant at 66 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7PA have put in a planning application to vary the conditions of their current planning permission to allow for opening hours of 7am-4am.

Residents contacted us about this as they were concerned that there hadn't been adequate notice given to those living in the vicinity.

The closing date for representations on the application is now the 9th August.

The full details of the application are online here.

Please do contact us if you have any questions.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

New licensing application

A licensing application has gone in for 182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY for:

a premises licence for live music, recorded music, and supply of alcohol from 10-2am daily and late night refreshment from 23.00-2.30am daily

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 is the 19th July. Please contact us if you have any questions.