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.

Monday, 28 November 2011

New licensing application

Unit2 rear of 85 Stoke Newington Road 2d Prince George Road) London, N16 8AA have put in a new application for a premises licence to:
  • allow supply of alcohol from 10:00 to 23:00 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
A guide to making representations can also be downloaded here.

The deadline for making representations is 16th December. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Consultation on more cycle stands for Garnham Street

Hackney Council is committed to promoting cycling as an alternative to private car use. The number of cyclists in Hackney continues to grow at a significant rate and we regularly receive requests from residents and businesses across the borough asking for more secure cycle parking stands.

We have received a number of requests for more cycle parking in and around the Stoke Newington area. Opportunities to install footway cycle parking facilities in this area are limited due to the narrow pavements and high pedestrian flows. A proposal has therefore been developed to introduce carriageway (on-street) cycle parking facilities in Garnham Street.

This would involve installing eight 8 cycle stands, providing capacity for 16 cycles to be parked, between two protective islands in Garnham Street.

The consultation documents are online here and you can have your say on the proposed scheme up until 9th December.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

West Hackney Recreation Ground NEEDS YOU!

West Hackney Recreation Ground was recently awarded the first stage of Heritage Lottery development funding. St Paul's Church and Hackney Council are now working together to put in a bid for 'Stage 2' funding of £640,000 to regenerate the park.

If the application is successful it will transform our neighbourhood with a much needed local park that residents can enjoy and be proud of for years to come.

A user group is now being set up to make sure that residents have their say on the plans and to encourage a wide group of people living in the local area to get involved with the future of the park.

This is taking place on Mon 5th December at 7.30pm in St Paul’s Church.

Please do come along – it’s a really important opportunity for the future of West Hackney Recreation Ground.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be provided! If you need more information please email whrgusergroup@gmail.com.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Wilmer Place update

Cross posted with our colleagues in Lordship ward.

Since July we have been campaigning for a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at Wilmer Place.

We recently collected nearly 500 signatures during just two street stalls on Church Street calling for a public meeting on the plans. We felt the developer should be accountable to the local community, given the big impact the plans are likely to have on Stoke Newington if they are approved.

Despite the developer and Sainsbury’s refusing to attend a public meeting and rejecting an invitation to the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum, we are pleased to say they have now agreed to a second exhibition for the public before the plans are submitted.

This is an important opportunity to see how the plans have changed and whether any of the many planning concerns we have been raising have been addressed.
We have written to the developer again today asking for details of when and where the exhibition will be held; how they plan to promote it within the local community to ensure as many people as possible can attend and how they will record and report back on the issues that get raised by residents at the exhibition. A copy of the letter is provided below.

We will keep you posted as soon as we have more information.

Copy of our Letter to Four Communications:

Dear Alun, We write in response to your email of 20 October 2011. Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying.

We are disappointed that you do not feel able to attend a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at Wilmer Place. The grounds for doing so not a fair representation of the residents of Stoke Newington who care passionately about their local area and would like to have a say in how it develops.

We understand that there are a wide range of views on the proposals. We have worked closely with nearly 500 Stoke Newington residents that have signed a petition calling on Newmark Properties and Sainsbury's to attend a public meeting so that these views can be discussed. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that it is the local planning authority that is requesting a public meeting: it is the local residents and businesses that will be directly affected. It is their view that your consultation to date has been deeply flawed and provided little opportunity for local opinion to be properly considered.

However, we do welcome your proposal to hold a second public exhibition before submitting a formal planning application. In the absence of a public meeting it does at least offer some form of further engagement. We would welcome details on when and where the exhibition will be held; how you plan to promote it within the local community and how you will record and report back on the issues that get raised by residents at the exhibition.

Our letter of 22 August 2011 highlighted a range of planning concerns, which, again, you have not yet addressed. We have also called on Sainsbury’s to provide more information about the impact the store will have on the local economy. The refusal of Newmark Properties and Sainsbury's to be transparent and accountable to the local community about these issues is of considerable concern. We hope that you will respond to these issues and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Shop Local campaign

The Council has launched a Love Hackney Shop Local campaign to support our local high streets.

Businesses participating in Love Hackney, Shop Local have signed a pledge to:

  • ask customers if they really need a carrier bag (rather than automatically providing one)
  • store plastic carrier bags out of sight, behind counters
  • offer reusable bags instead of plastic bags

Lots of businesses in Stoke Newington are taking part and you can find out more online here.

We are really pleased to support this initiative – a while back, we worked to raise awareness of the Sustainable Stoke Newington Pledge and this current campaign takes forward this work.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Set the priorities of the local police - tonight

The Community Advisory Panel meeting for Stoke Newington Central is taking place tonight - at 7.30pm in Yorkshire Grove Community Hall (the easiest way to reach it is via Gunstor Road).

This meeting happens every two months and is a chance for local residents to meet the Safer Neighbourhood Team for Stoke Newington and set their priorities for the months ahead.

More details of our local team are here.

If you can't attend the meeting tonight there is now a virtual CAP - a very short survey for local residents to fill in online which helps to set ward priorities. Please email the SNT: StokeNewingtonCentral.snt@met.police.uk if you would like to take part in this.