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, 30 January 2012

New Licensing application

McClane (Question Mark Bar) 129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH have put in a licensing application for:
  • variation of premises licence for recorded music and facilities for making music from 10:00 to 03:30am Thursday to Saturday and supply of alcohol from 08:00 to 03:30am Thursday to Saturday.

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

There is a guide to making representations here.

The deadline for making representations is
15th February 2012.
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Do you want to join the Hackney Homes Tenant Scrutiny Panel?

Hackney Homes is following national guidance and introducing a Tenant Scrutiny Panel. This will assess performance and review service areas of Hackney Homes to recommend better ways of working.

It will be a good opportunity to get involved in improving Hackney Homes and
focussing on the areas that are important to residents such as:
  • More reliable and more flexible response to repairs
  • Quicker and more reliable response to anti-social behaviour
  • Cleaner and more attractive surrounding environment
The Resident Participation team is currently looking for volunteers to sign up and become part of the panel. You need to be a Hackney Homes tenant and a short person specification and application form are available here. It needs to be submitted by 13th February at the latest.

If you have any questions please contact Faisal Pirbhai by calling 020 8356 7845 or emailing getinvolved@hackneyhomes.org.uk

Monday, 23 January 2012

West Hackney Recreation Ground - user group AGM

Following a successful meeting with local residents in December, there will be the first Annual General meeting of the park user group for West Hackney Recreation Ground on Monday 20th January at 7.30pm in St Paul's Church.

The agenda will include electing officers for the user group and an update on the funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £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.

The 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.

So if you want to get involved, please do come along on 30th. You can also email the group on whrgusergroup@gmail.com if you have any comments to feed in. You can download a flyer about the meeting here.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Brooke Road area 20mph zone

We have been working with the Leswin Area Residents Association and the Council to look at traffic calming measures for the area east of the High Street towards Rectory Road.

Proposals for a 20mph zone and streetscene improvements were consulted on last year, and the majority of comments were in favour (full response online here.)

Works will start mid January and take approximately 8 weeks to complete. Please avoid parking in the area of the works, which will be clearly marked with signs, cones and barriers. The works will include:
  • A new 20mph Zone bordered by the Stoke Newington gyratory (the gyratory itself will not form part of the zone).
  • New road humps on Glading Terrace, Bately Road, Hollar Road, Tyssen Road, Evering Road, Brooke Road and Lawrence Buildings
  • New zone entry/exit signs provided at the zone border.
  • 20mph carriageway markings provided at all entrances to the new zone.
  • New raised entry treatments at the junctions with Manse Road/Evering Road, Bayston Road/Evering Road and Darville Road/Evering Road.
The large raised planters at the junction with Evering Road and Manse Road will be removed with new paving and trees provided in their place.

This is good news - the last area in our ward to be made into a 20mph zone, with additional measures to help address some of the issues residents have experienced with rat running in the area.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

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.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Unfair fare increases

We were out at Stoke Newington station this week highlighting Boris Johnson's fare increases as Londoners were returning to work.

These latest fare rises mean that since 2008 (when Boris Johnson was elected as Mayor):
  • A single bus ticket has increased by 50%, from 90p in 2008 to £1.35 in 2012. This year's increase alone is £1.30 to £1.35 for a single journey.
  • A weekly bus and tram pass has increased by 45%, from £13 in 2008 to £18.80 in 2012. In 2012 alone the increase is 5.6%, from £17.80 to £18.80 for a weekly pass.
  • A weekly zone 1-2 travelcard has increased by 21%, from £24.20 in 2008 to £29.20 in 2012.
  • A weekly zone 1-4 travelcard has increased by 21%, from £34.60 in 2008 to £41.80 in 2012
  • A weekly zone 1-6 travelcard has increased by 20% since 2008 from £44.60 to £53.40 in 2012
This is despite the fact that TfL has a significant surplus on its operating budget, which increases every year.

Ken Livingstone has pledged to cut fares if elected and keep them down, saving Londoners an average of £1,000 over four years. You can find out more here.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Just a quick reminder that festive collection times are still in place until Monday - recycling is the same, but there are some changes to waste collection - all the details are here.

The Council's waste and recycling team have also issued some guidance on reducing festive waste - including what to do with your Christmas tree.

  • Cardboard packaging, empty jars, foil, wrapping paper and Christmas cards can all be recycled through the Council’s Green Box scheme or at recycling banks on estates.
  • Residents can help reduce global warming and the money spent on landfill tax further by using the Council’s Blue Bin or estates food recycling services. Freezing leftovers, or using them to make new meals, will also help save money.
  • Real Christmas trees can also be recycled once they have served their purpose. In Hackney, trees are taken to a facility in North London and made into compost which is then used on the borough’s parks and green spaces.
  • Residents with a garden waste recycling service can leave their trees next to their Brown Bin on their regular collection day. Christmas trees can also be taken to Millfields Depot, Millfields Road, E5 0AR, for recycling. Residents can drop off trees between 8am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 12noon on Saturdays throughout January.