Thursday, 23 September 2010
At the beginning of September we attended a consultation meeting at Horizon School on Wordsworth Road regarding the school's plans for a new building on the site.
Residents on Prince George Road and Palatine Road had contacted us because they were concerned about the current designs and up to that point communication about the school's plans had not been very clear.
The first meeting with residents was a valuable opportunity for the council officers working on the plans to hear local concerns, particularly around the access point on Prince George Road, and the loss of trees and green space along the road.
We had a useful meeting with council officers this week and stressed the importance of an open and constructive dialogue continuing from here on to make sure that residents' views are taken into account. Residents on Prince George Road have elected representatives amongst themselves and we have now called for a more focussed meeting to go through in more detail different aspects of the plans, hear ideas for alternatives and work out what amendments can be made.
There is more information about Horizon School on Hackney's website here and also on the Prince George Road residents blog here.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Hackney Council’s licensing committee is inviting residents to help shape the borough’s town centres by taking part in a public consultation looking at the way sex establishments are licensed.
The licensing committee is responsible for regulating sex shops, sex cinemas and sex entertainment venues, such as lapdancing clubs and erotic dancing venues, and has drafted a new policy to determine whether and how to grant sex establishment licences in Hackney.
A "nil" policy is being proposed which would mean that no licenses would normally be granted to sex establishment in Hackney. The licensing committee wants to know whether local people think this is appropriate.
Residents’ views will help the committee determine a policy based on local knowledge about the impact of sex establishments on the local community, which may, for example, include concerns about noise and anti-social behaviour or their effect on local businesses.
A consultation is now underway - you can read all the background information online here and fill in the survey online. The deadline for responses is 13th December.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
The council has launched a new survey about food waste recyling in the borough.
For a number of years, we've offered a comprehensive food waste recycling service, but we know that not everyone takes part and not all the food that could be recycled is put into those blue boxes.
Telling us what you do and what you think about the system is really important - so please do take part and let the council know what you think.
You can complete the survey here.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Hackney Cyclists and Transition Town Stoke Newington have come together to organise bike workshops for local residents.
These are entirely free and the aim is to show cyclists how to fix their bikes (you need to bring replacement parts with you if necessary). One of the things that stops people from cycling is not knowing about bike maintenance so this is a good opportunity to find out more and learn some new skills.
The workshop tonight is at St Michaels and All Angels Church on Northwold Road from 7pm. More details about the regular workshops here.
Monday, 13 September 2010
A quick follow up from the Community Advisory Panel meeting last week... Quite a few issues were raised in the meeting around dangerous dogs and anti social behaviour associated with street drinking. Out of control dogs has been a big issue on Smalley Road Estate and following the meeting we've asked Hackney Homes to make sure that their Estate Safety division are doing all they can to patrol this hot spot.
At the meeting, the priorities were also set for the local Safer Neighbourhood Team for the coming two months. These are:
- Kynaston Gardens and Avenue - street drinking and cycling
- Drug dealing
- Anti social behaviour on Smalley Road Estate
Sadly, the meeting was rather low on residents this month - it really is a useful way to hear about what the local police are doing to help tackle issues in our area and to help set their priorities.
For those of you interested in Hackney wide crime issues, there's a meeting of the Hackney Community Engagement Board this Weds 15th Sept at 6.30pm at Morley Hall, 125-127 Mare Street E8 3RH.
The HCEB is a resident led forum for the discussion of policing and community safety in the borough, and there are more details online here.
Friday, 10 September 2010
The second I Love Stokey day is happening tomorrow - Saturday 11th September on Church Street and the High Street.
The Stoke Newington Business Association have organised the day, with the support of the Council. There will be special offers in shops along the street, as well as street entertainment, face painting, a raffle and lots of fun activities!
Come along and support local shopping and businesses in Stoke Newington.
Flyer online here.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Hackney Council is able to rebuild or refurbish all secondary and special schools in the Borough because of the programme called Building Schools for the Future. Horizon school on Wordsworth Road is one of the special schools which has been allocated funding to be rebuilt.
Residents have got in contact with us as they're concerned about the the current designs. We’d like to stress that no plans have been submitted yet for planning approval and an essential part of the process is for the Council and Horizon School to consult with local residents and stakeholders about their proposals.
We are determined to make sure that residents have the opportunity to shape and influence the plans for the school, as they are developed.
So do come along tonight and we hope that a useful discussion can be had regarding the plans for the school.
For more information on the Hackney BSF programme visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/bsf
Monday, 6 September 2010
The Safer Stoke Newington newsletter was delivered with copies of Hackney Today at the end of August.
If you didn't receive it, it's also available online and has more information about our local Safer Neighbourhood Team's current priorities, and other crime fighting intitiatives across the Borough.
You can download the newsletter for Stoke Newington Central here.
Remember you can get in touch with our local team here.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Allow supply of alcohol from 10:00 to 03:00am Monday to Saturday and from 12:00 to 23:30 Sunday and late night refreshment from 23:00 to 03:00am Monday to Saturday and from 23:00 23:30 Sunday.
The deadline for making representations is 22nd September.
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