Some of the issues raised last night include:
- Cuts to policing and the impact this might have on Hackney - Cllr Sophie Linden said that the Met were also facing big reductions in their Budget and like the Council, were waiting for the details. She stressed there was a big commitment to Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Hackney and highlighted that crime had fallen in Hackney by 40% over 5 years - a trend that needs to continue
- The Council's preparations for grit ahead of a likely cold snap - Cllr Feryal Demirci confirmed that we are well ahead in our stocks of grit and also have plans for salt bins on residential streets.
- Rabbit mural on Hackney Road - there was confirmation that no enforcement action will be taken and that the Council had worked with the owners to try and resolve the issue.
- A member of the public asked about the Council's commitment to the 10:10 campaign to reduce emissions and Cllr Sophie Linden outlined the behaviour and structural changes the Council is making in our buildings and amongst staff in order to meet the commitment - despite the pressing financial challenges we now face.
There was also a report from the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission on Growing food in Hackney - this included evidence from the team behind Somerford and Shacklewell Estate and includes some good recommendations to help enable more local residents to grow food.