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.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Our comments on the Wilmer Place application

Over the past year, we have been working with residents and local groups and organisations on the proposed development of Wilmer Place. 

We have engaged with the consultation activities that have 
been on offer and repeatedly raised issues and concerns with the developer and Sainsbury’s. We have also received a large volume of correspondence from local residents over the past 12 months.

Councillors from Stoke Newington Central, Lordship and Clissold Wards have now submitted a joint response, which represents a summary of these issues and concerns.

You can read our representation here.  

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Changes to Council Tax benefit

The government is abolishing the current national council tax benefit scheme and cutting funding for its replacement. 

All councils across the country must replace it with a local council tax support scheme on 1 April 2013. Because it could mean changes for Hackney residents and local services, the Council is consulting with residents and wants to know your views on a proposed local scheme.

The proposal at the moment is to deal with the government's reduction is by spreading it across the claims of the 27,700 working-age claimants. This means that all council tax benefits claimants (except pensioners) will have to contribute amounts from less than £1 to up to £3.76 a week (based on a band D property in receipt of 100% council tax benefit).

All other application and assessment processes will remain unchanged from the current council tax benefit scheme.

The consultation is open until 22nd October and all the details are online here.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Hackney Council ward boundary changes - have your say

The Local Government Boundary Commission has published proposals to change the boundaries of Hackney's local council wards.

These changes have been proposed as Hackney's population has increased significantly over the past decade and Hackney's wards - which are currently all represented by three councillors - now have a very significant gap between the ward with the highest and the ward with the lowest population. This gap is only predicted to grow further over the coming years.

The Commission have sought to put together a proposal that equalises the number of electors represented by each councillor whilst aiming to respect existing communities and identities within the borough. The overall number of councillors will remain the same.

The proposals for Stoke Newington and our ward involve expanding the ward north to include Abney Park Cemetery, some roads north of Church Street and moving the border west to include some of the roads just south of Church Street. In the southern part of our ward, Brighton Road down to Princess May Road would move into a new ward called Shacklewell.

u can see the full proposals here and, if you want to, comment on the proposals by emailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

The consulatation ends on September 24th.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

West Hackney Recreation Ground - community consultation event


The latest plans for transforming West Hackney Recreation Ground will be on show at a community consultation event this Saturday 15th September at St Paul’s Church, West Hackney (10am-1pm).

This is a great opportunity to find out the latest with this exciting project as the bid for the second stage of the Heritage Lottery Funding is being prepared. 

There is also an online questionnaire where you can feed in your views here.