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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We'd like to wish you all Happy Christmas and New Year!

It has been a busy year for us in Stoke Newington - from campaigning on the local issues that you told us matter most to you, to getting re-elected in May, to the news of the devastating cuts being passed onto local government... and next year promises to be just as busy. Thank you for all your support over the year and we look forward to working with you more next year.

For those of you staying in Stoke Newington over the festive period - a few practical things:

For Council opening times - see here. Recycling and waste collections are unchanged (though due to the bad weather there may be delays - the Council is advising not to throw your recycling away - it will be collected!)

Don't forget that the London Overground through Dalston Junction is closed this week and again from Mon 27th December to 3rd Jan 2011 so the improvement works can continue. More info on TfL's website here.

Finally - there is some advice here on how to have a Green Christmas!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

More Christmas events in Stoke Newington

The festive cheer continues in Stoke Newington with lots happening in the final week up to Christmas.

The Stoke Newington Business Association have organised the following:

  • Thurs 16th 6.30pm Carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies outside the firestation on Church Street
  • Sun 19th 3pm Children’s Storytime with Santa Claus – Stoke Newington Book Shop
  • Thurs 23rd 5-8.30pm Farmers Market and last minute shopping on Church Street
There is a Woodland Grotto Family Event on Saturday 18th December in Abney Park Cemetery from midday-3pm. There will be a Green Santa, stalls and music... and more!

Finally - there's also the Christmas craft market in Abney Hall, organised by Of Cabbages and Kings. It's taking place on both Saturday and Sunday. More info

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Budget update

As we reported before, we have grave concerns about the speed and the level of the cuts on local government budgets being imposed by the Coalition Government.

Over the past weeks, Mayor Jules Pipe has been using every opportunity to urge the Coalition Government not to make devastating cuts to Hackney. Councils were told that their funding will be cut by 27% between now and 2015 and Hackney Council had been planning to make savings of £26m in 2011-12 which would have meant the Council could have coped next year without any reductions to frontline services.

But then it emerged that the cuts next year could be far worse - over £50m in one year, and Mayor Pipe has been lobbying the Secretary of State for Local Government – Eric Pickles – urging him to think again over the severity of the cuts.

The Local Government Finance settlement was published yesterday and Hackney Council is currently going through the detail to work out exactly what the impact will be on local services. At first glance, it does look like government ministers have listened to some of the concerns about frontloading the cuts – but this is still a devastating settlement for local government and if you look at the figures across London, it is clear that the poorest boroughs are the worst hit:

Highest cuts to "revenue spending power":
LB Hackney 8.9%
LB Tower Hamlets 8.9%
LB Newham 8.9%

Lowest cuts to "revenue spending power":
Richmond-upon-Thames 0.61%

This is a hugely disproportionate hit on areas which have more people living in poverty, and therefore more reliant on the services that councils provide. The scale of cuts in the local government settlement is unprecedented.

We will keep you updated as soon as we know more. There is also information on Hackney's website here.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Improving recycling in Hackney

Hackney Council has recently been awarded funding to improve recycling in flats and high rise properties in the Borough. The funding from the London Waste and Recycling Board has been allocated across London and in total, is expected to divert 41,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

In Hackney, there are a large number of high rise properties, and recycling rates tend to be lower. The extra funding will mean that the Council can supple residents in 50,000 flats with reusable bags to transport recyclables down to communal recycling facilities. This will help to incentivise recycling and make it easier for residents.

For more details about what can be recycled in Hackney, please see here.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Coronation Avenue Heritage Campaign update

The Coronation Avenue Heritage Campaign is gathering pace - more information here. There has been considerable local support and we're getting near the fundraising target.

This weekend - on Saturday 11th December there will be a stall at the Farmer's Market where you can find out more about the Campaign and buy a special mug to help with the fundraising efforts.

There will also be a bric a brac stall at the St Paul's Christmas fair.

Come along and lend your support to this important campaign!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas events in Stoke Newington

It's snowing in Stoke Newington and the festive season is well underway with lots of fun things happening locally over the next few weeks.

There's a Winter Festival on from 2nd-5th December in St John at Hackney Church yard - there will be an ice rink - £4 for adults and £2.50 for children (which includes skate hire). The tickets can be purchased from the Hackney Empire box office.

Stoke Newington Common User Group are holding a winter fair this Saturday 4th from 2-5pm at St Michael and All Angels Church Hall. Admission is free and there will be festive songs and stories and lots of craft activities for everyone to enjoy.

The Christmas tree market is now up and running outside St Paul's Church on Amhurst Road as well as the Christmas fair next Saturday too.

Finally - there's a programme of Christmas events on at Stoke Newington Town Hall. A tea dance, a hoe down, a Christmas market, Cabaret, carols... and much more over the next few weeks. Full details online here.