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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Wilmer Place: Key questions and issues

From the emails and messages we've had from residents, we know you have a lot of concerns about the new development being proposed for Wilmer Place. Below are some of the issues that have been raised so far and the questions that we feel need to be answered. As we said before - please do go to the drop in sessions THIS Friday and Saturday and talk to the developers about what is being planned.

1) Safety of pedestrians in Wilmer Place

Wilmer Place is a well used pedestrian route to Church Street through an alleyway from the High Street. Many children and families pass through here on their way to William Patten School. The Council has a policy of encouraging children to walk to school. How will your plans respect the safety of pedestrians using this route? Will your plans enhance it at all? Will the pavements on Wilmer Place be retained?

2) Noise nuisance

Wilmer Place residents are also worried about deliveries outside their homes, and the noise and nuisance from lorries.

a) There have been reports of some Sainsbury’s stores making deliveries at 3a.m. for the convenience of the store. Can you assure us that the management practices at the new store would be considerate of local residents who live close to the site?

b) can you show us on the plans where the noisy machinery for the refrigeration that the store requires will be placed?

3) Conservation

The plans involve demolishing part of an old terrace of buildings on the High Street, which is in a conservation area. How are you proposing to compensate the local community for this permanent loss? What impact will the entrance to the supermarket have on this stretch of the High Street? Is this overdevelopment of a relatively small site? There doesn’t appear to be much open space at ground level.

4) Traffic and the environment

The plans show an entrance to an underground car park on the High Street. This part of the High Street is very narrow, and the entrance is near to two junctions on a red route and bus stops. There are also concerns about pedestrian safety. What traffic management assessments will you be carrying out? Will the bus stops have to move? Have the plans taken into account the future of the gyratory and the possibility that this stretch might return to two way?

The Council has policies to promote and improve conditions for pedestrians. What, in your plans, are the benefits to pedestrians and cyclists?

We have heard that you do not propose to carry out an environmental impact assessment and that the Council has confirmed your interpretation of the regulations. Would you be willing to carry out a full environmental impact assessment? It is a thorough assessment, and would help to reassure that the environmental concerns of local residents are being taken seriously.

5) Employment

Your publicity says that the development will bring 200 new jobs to the area. We are concerned that the reverse will be the case - that people in the local independent shops will lose their jobs. Do you have evidence from other parts of the country to show that supermarkets do not cause job losses and that there will be a net employment benefit to the local area?

6) Affordable housing

What proportion of the proposed housing is affordable? What proportion is family-sized?

7) The retail offer

Many residents have said that we don't need another Sainsbury's in the local area given there are so many other supermarkets nearby. Why is the retail offer centred on a new Sainsbury's store? Have other alternatives been considered?

8) Community Consultation

Given the promise of consulting with the community, is there a willingness from the developer to substantially change the plans following the feedback from the drop in sessions?

Monday, 27 June 2011

Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum

Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum is this Thursday 30th June, 7pm at Stoke Newington Town Hall.

There will be an update from the local police, a discussion on Dalston regeneration and information about the Dog Control Order consultation.

All local residents are welcome. More information is online here.

Wilmer place development

The owner of the car park and live work units in Wilmer Place, off Stoke Newington High Street has drawn up plans for a new development on the site.

The plans that are being proposed include a large new Sainsbury’s, new flats, and an underground car park, with the entrance on Stoke Newington High Street, roughly opposite the Jolly Butchers pub.

Local residents have contacted us with a range of concerns, including noise, traffic, road safety, pressure on local health services and schools and whether the local area needs another large supermarket in between the two existing large Sainsbury’s at Dalston and Stamford Hill.

It is important to note that no planning application has been submitted yet to the Council

NOW is the key moment to influence their plans and have our say as local residents BEFORE the planning application is submitted.

The developers are promising to engage with the local community over their plans and we feel strongly that they need to hear the strength of local views about the proposed development. If we work together as a local community, there is a chance the developer will change their plans to take account of community consultation.

There are drop in sessions to view the proposed plans and feed in comments at drop in sessions on:

Friday 1st July – 3-6pm; and Saturday 2nd July 9am-1pm in Abney Public Hall on Church Street.

All the questions raised with us so far are ones which the developer should answer.

We urge you to attend the drop ins, look closely at the plans, and ask for them to be changed in the ways that you want them to be.

We want to make sure that the promise of engaging with residents is kept to, and we will ask for further meetings to be held with local residents after the drop in sessions if our concerns are not addressed.

The developers have put up a website here, and the contact details for any concerns are: Leanne Parkinson, Leanne.parkinson@fourcommunications.com, 020 3023 9925 and Nicholas Vose, Nicholas.vose@fourcommunications.com, 020 3023 9081

Friday, 24 June 2011

Summer Family Fun Day - Church Street TOMORROW

Sunstone Gym in Stoke Newington have organised a Summer Family Fun Day tomorrow - Saturday 25th June outside the Fire Station on Church Street.

There will be FREE health check ups and beauty treatments as well as demonstrations from Sunstone's fitness team.

Face painting, parachute games and kids dance sessions are also taking place!

The team from Sunstone will be there from 10.30am-5pm.

More info online here.

Walkabout surgery - tomorrow

We'll be out doing our monthly walkabout surgery tomorrow (Sat 25th June) from 11am - on Amhurst Road and Foulden 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.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Tell Ken - fresh ideas for a greater London

Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate to be the next Mayor of London is visiting
Hackney on Monday 27 June.

There will be a "Tell Ken" public meeting in Stoke Newington, where any local resident can come along and ask Ken questions about politics, London and what he'd do differently to Boris Johnson.

The meeting is taking place at: 7:15pm - 8:30pm in Abney Public Hall.

So go along and Tell Ken what you think London needs!

For more information logon to www.kenlivingstone.com/tell or call 020 7783 1057

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

New licensing application

129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH have applied for a variation for their license to the following:
  • recorded music, making music and supply of alcohol from 07:00 to 02:00 Monday to Wednesday, 07:00 to 03:30 Thursday to Saturday and from 07:00 to 22:30 Sunday.
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 7th July. 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.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Parks for Life

Parks for Life is back again this year – with free activities throughout the summer in local parks.

These range from bootcamp (one of us tried this last year in Hackney Downs and it’s hard work but good fun!), capoeria, street dance, basketball and walking clubs.

Download the flyer here and keep up to date with events here.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

How well are we engaging with you?

The latest e-newsletter for Stoke Newington has just been sent out. Tonight, I'm meeting with the LGIU and a few of the other Labour councillors in Hackney who use blogs and twitter to engage with residents in their wards to discuss how to improve the way we use social media as councillors.

This got me thinking about how well we are engaging with you as residents in our ward.

At the moment we have:
  • this blog - a combination of ward specific news and Hackney wide announcements
  • an e-newsletter which you can sign up to by emailing us here. This is a round up of our activities over the previous month and anything coming up that might be of interest - eg planning applications, licensing applications etc.
  • twitter feeds - Louisa, Rita and Susan
  • Hand delivered newsletters to the entire ward (one currently in production so coming soon!)
Is there anything else we could be doing? We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Free bike security and Free bike workshop - this THURS

Get your bike fixed, security tagged and support the campaign to improve Kynaston Gardens and Avenue

Thursday 9th June – 3.30pm-6.30pm in Kynaston Gardens

Several organisations and community groups are teaming up to promote courteous and safe cycling along Kynaston Avenue.

Friends of Kynaston Gardens, Hackney Cyclists, Hackney Council and the Safer Neighbourhoods Team are setting up in Kynaston Gardens to remind cyclists to dismount on pavements and are offering FREE security tagging, a FREE bicycle health check from Donut Kids Bicycle and advice on safe cycling and cycle training.

Just pop in on the day!

We'll be there too - this is the second (and much improved!) cycling education event and a good opportunity to take advantage of free security marking and bike improvements!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

The Big Lunch comes to Stoke Newington

Following on from last year's success, there are two Big Lunch events happening today in Stoke Newington.

Leswin Area Residents Association are organising one in West Hackney Recreation Ground from 1pm (more info here)

Farleigh Road residents are organising a Big Lunch from 12-5pm on the street itself.

The aim of the Big Lunch is to get neighbours talking to each other. The idea is to bring some food to share, enjoy the sunshine and get to know more people who live nearby. For more information on the project, which is nationwide, see here.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Stoke Newington Literary Festival - this weekend!

After last year's very successful debut, the Stoke Newington Literary Festival is back for a second year.

There are a range of events across Stoke Newington venues and the festival has received a lot of coverage already, so expect a busy weekend ahead!

The full details of the programme and online booking are here.

We're looking forward to it! Many congratulations to Liz for all the work that goes into pulling this together.