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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Safer Stoke Newington newsletter

The Safer Stoke Newington newsletter is now out - this should have been delivered with your copy of Hackney Today, but you can also access it online here.

There have been complaints at recent Community Advisory Panel meetings about burglaries in the area, and the newsletter has some useful tips to help prevent burglaries.

There is also some reassuring news that crime in Hackney is at its lowest level for 12 years according to recent Met figures.

The next Community Advisory Panel meeting for Stoke Newington Central is on 13th July but if you need to contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team, their details are here.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Dog Control Consultation

As we previously mentioned, the Council is consulting on dog control in Hackney.

Out of control dogs have been an issue in several areas in the ward, so now is the chance to have your say.

The vast majority of dog owners in the borough are responsible. However, feedback from residents and park users has revealed that they are concerned by dogs off their leads, aggressive dogs and dogs in children's play areas, and the consultation is being carried out in direct response to these concerns.

Dog Control Orders, introduced under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, give Local Authorities the power to tackle a variety of dog nuisances. The Council is considering adopting a number of these orders and wants to hear what residents think about the proposals.

The orders being consulted on are:

A 'dog exclusion' order, which would enable the Council to stop dogs from entering certain areas including children's playgrounds, sports courts, multi-use games areas, and marked pitches where games are in-play

A 'dogs on leads' order, which would stop owners from exercising dogs off-lead on roads or towpaths or in car parks, communal areas on estates, churchyards and small public parks and gardens under half a hectare in size

A 'dogs on leads where requested' order, which would give officers the power to request that dogs are put on leads where they are not under the appropriate control of their owner, or where they are causing damage or acting aggressively.

The consultation is live until 14th August and can be filled in online or downloaded here. There are different proposals for different types of public spaces so please do take the time to read through the different options. There is more background in this leaflet here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Coronation Avenue campaign

On Sunday 15th May, a plaque was unveiled on Coronation Avenue to commemorate the many people who lost their lives on 13th October 1940 when the building took a direct hit during the Blitz.

There has been an active campaign since autumn last year to raise money for the plaque. During this time, many people came forward in support of the idea, saying how important it was to have a lasting memorial on the site of the tragic event.

The plaque was unveiled by Stoke Newington resident George Alagiah OBE, with readings from St Paul's Church, Walford Road synagogue and Azizye mosque. Pupils from Princess May Primary School also took part in the ceremony.

It was an incredibly moving afternoon - especially meeting many relatives of victims, and local residents who remembered what happened on Coronation Avenue all these years later.

The next stage of the campaign is to produce a book - contact Timeline for more information or to get involved.

Many thanks to all those involved who made this happen - and please do go and have a look at the plaque if you're passing the end of Victorian Road.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas is the new Speaker of Hackney

At the annual civic ceremony of Hackney Council last week, Stoke Newington Central councillor, Susan Fajana-Thomas was appointed as the Speaker for the upcoming municipal year.

Susan has been a councillor in our ward since last year, and has lived in Hackney for 20 years. As Speaker, she will chair council meetings, attend civic events, and will be raising money for local charities.

We wish Susan the best of luck for her year ahead as Speaker!

For more information about the Speaker’s charities or if you want her to attend an event, call: 020 8356 3350; email: speaker@hackney.gov.uk; or write to: The Speaker, c/o the Speaker’s Office, Room 118b, Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Keep the NHS public

There is a public meeting on the NHS this week hosted by our colleagues in Springfield and New River wards.

Come and have your say on the Coalition Government's damaging NHS reforms and work with us to oppose the privatisation of the NHS

Defend our Health Service – Keep it Public

Tuesday 24 May, 7.30pm
Stamford Hill Library, Stamford Hill N16 6SB

Speakers include:

Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Public Health Minister and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Bronwen Handyside, Secretary, Hackney Keep our NHS Public, Unite
Dr. Jonathan Tomlinson, Hackney GP

All welcome.

The NHS will always be a top priority for Labour and we will always support it. You can sign the Labour Party's petition to protect frontine NHS services here.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Walkabout surgery

We'll be out doing our monthly walkabout surgery today from 11am - on Amhurst Road, Evering Road and Manse Road.

If you've got any local issues you want to raise with us - please do let us know and we'll make sure we call on you.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

New planning applications

There are a few planning applications that have recently been submitted which might be of interest to people living nearby.

The first is at 53 Stoke Newington High Street, and the application is for:
  • Change of use of existing retail unit (A1) to a social club (sui generis) with opening hours from Monday to Saturday between 9:00am to 11:00pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10:00am to 05:00pm.
Comments can be made up until 6th June 2011 and can be submitted online here.

The second is 176 Stoke Newington Road, and the application is for:
  • Use of the ground floor and basement as a restaurant with opening hours of 12.00pm to 12.00am Sunday to Thursday and 12.00pm to 3.00am Friday to Saturday, together with the installation of a new shopfront.
Comments can be made up until 31st May 2011 and can be submitted online here.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Feedback from Community Advisory Panel meeting

At last week's Community Advisory Panel meeting, the following priorities were set for the next 2 months:
  • Anti social behaviour, in particular from dogs
  • cycling on the pavement
  • Night time economy
The Council will soon be consulting on Dog Control orders and ways to help ensure responsible dog ownership in public spaces. We will update you on this as soon as the consultation is live as it will have implications for a number of spaces in the ward - so your feedback and input is vital. In the meantime, for details on how to report issues with dogs - please see here.

Cycling on the pavement is another frequently occurring issue in the ward. The police reported that 6 Fixed Penalty Notices and 32 Stop and Accounts had been carried out in the last two months. We discussed whether it might be worth putting up a poster in known hot spots with some of these statistics on - to show cyclists that enforcement is taking place, and to serve as a reminder to dismount on pavements.

Finally - there is a survey that the Met Police are carrying out at the moment. This is a review of how to contact the police and might have some implications in terms of the number of police stations that are open. You can fill this in online
here until 27th May 2011. More information here too.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Set the priorities of our local police team - tonight

The Community Advisory Panel is meeting tonight at 7.30pm in the community flat on Clevedon Close, Smalley Road Estate.

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.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Update from the Town Hall

There was a Full Council meeting last week on 4th May.

There were a number of important scrutiny reports presented at the meeting, including a review by the Living in Hackney scrutiny commission into resident participation in the Borough. This has some important recommendations that Tenant and Resident Associations in our ward might find interesting – especially around improving support for TRAs with publicity, access to grants, and ensuring that estate mangers follow up on issues picked up in the meetings.

There were two other reports discussed on Tobacco Control in Hackney and Gun and Knife Crime. An Integrated Gangs Intervention Project is now underway in Hackney which is aiming to reduce violent crime through a cross agency approach to prevention and enforcement.

Another big issue discussed at the meeting was the Coalition Government’s new universal credit – early indications are that this should be delivered entirely online. We have concerns about this as we recognise that a large number of people do require face to face support in navigating the system and as a Council are committed to making sure that residents can access help in this way.

A motion was also passed at Full Council regarding the Coalition Government’s changes to the NHS. This criticised the reorganisation of the NHS, and in particular the risks of privatisation of the NHS by the plans to allow any provider to bid for GP commissioned services. The motion expressed concern about the impact of these changes on Hackney residents and made it clear that we plan to campaign against them.

Finally, a motion was also passed calling on Network Rail to bring Hackney Central station building back into use.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Remember to vote today!

Today - Thursday 5th May - is the day for the referendum on voting reform.

If you are eligible to vote in the referendum, you will be asked the following question:

At present, the UK uses the 'first past the post' system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the 'alternative vote' system be used instead?

Polls are open from 7am-10pm and in our ward are in the same locations as usual:
  • St Paul's Church hall
  • the Old Fire Station on Leswin Road
  • Yorkshire Grove community hall
  • Abney Hall on Church Street.
You don't need your polling card in order to vote.

For more information - please click here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

It's not too late to return your census form!

Thank you to everyone who has already returned your census form. If you haven't please do so as soon as possible - a fair level of funding for Hackney depends on getting a good response!

Here's a few facts about you, Hackney and the 2011 Census:
  • Poor response rates could lose the Council as much as £57m per year in funding for health and Council services alone.
  • All information is confidential.
  • Everyone, regardless of nationality is required to complete the census.
  • If you don't want to be bothered by authorities, the best thing to do is to return the forms immediately - the doorknocking has started.
  • If you have not received or lost the form these can be re-ordered easily online or by calling 03000 2011 01.
  • All libraries in Hackney are providing census helpdesks throughout their opening hours.
The final day to return your form is this FRIDAY May 6th - either by post or online. You can find more information here.