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Friday, 10 August 2012

West Hackney Recreation Ground - Have Your Say!

As we've mentioned many times before, there are exciting times ahead for West Hackney Recreation Ground.

At the moment, preparations are underway for the second stage of the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant of £640,00 to regenerate West Hackney Recreation Ground and the surrounds of St Paul's Church.

The aim is to submit the application in February 2013. If it is successful, the new West Hackney Recreation Ground could be completed by the end of 2014.

A user group for WHRG is now up and running, and plans are progressing well. LDA Design are working on the application (their recent work includes Clissold and Vicotria Parks).

However - it is important that everyone who lives in the area takes this opportunity to get involved, and have their say.

There is an online questionnaire here that you can fill in and let the user group and LDA know your thoughts on what you want to see happening at West Hackney Recreation Ground.    

Licensing application - Homa


71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS (Homa) have put in a licensing application for:
  • variation of existing premises licence to allow live music from 10am-23.30 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
There is a guide to making representations here.

The deadline for making representations is 21st August 2012.
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Wilmer Place proposals - time to have your say

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The planning application for the Wilmer Place development is now available on the Council's website. This means that the the consultation period where you can have your say on the planning application has now started.

You can see a copy of the application and all the supplementary documents here. If you have trouble accessing them, you can search for the application here entering 2012/2228 in the 'application number' field.  The deadline for comments is 24 September 2012. You can send your comments to planningconsultation@hackney.gov.uk (using the reference 2012/2228 in the subject line) or online here.

It is important to make sure that your comments cover ‘relevant’ planning considerations, as these are the only matters that can the Council can take into account. The Council has produced a guide to commenting on applications here. 

We have prepared a short briefing to highlight what we think will be the key planning considerations relevant to the Wilmer Place application. It also highlights the policies against which your comments will be interpreted. If you would like to receive a copy of the briefing, please email us.

It is important to remember that Councillors not on the planning committee will not have any direct say in the final decision. However, ward Councillors can support and represent residents in their objections and speak on their behalf at the committee meeting. This is a common role that Councillors undertake. We have covered the role of councillors in the planning process here. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Remember to register to vote!

Every year there is an annual canvass to update the electoral register in Hackney. You should have received a form through your door with a form to fill in. It is important to register to vote so you can take part in any elections that might take place in 2013.

Not being registered to vote can also affect your credit rating as credit reference agencies often check against the register when you apply for a bank account, loan, mobile phone etc.Every household in Hackney must fully complete and return the Annual Household Registration form by the end of November 2012.


When you receive the form:
  • If there are no changes to your details then please use the free telephone, text or internet service.
  • You must list all eligible residents living at your property.
  • Please ensure all forms are signed, dated and names are written clearly. Incomplete forms will be returned for amendments.
  • It will help us if the form is returned immediately and will help minimise costs, as a canvasser will not have to call to collect it.
For more details about the annual canvass click here.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Things to do in Hackney over the summer

All residents should recently have received the edition of Hackney Today featuring the annual guide to summer activities for young people. There are a range of things in the guide - arts and culture, sports and play schemes, and most of them are free.

Examples include:
  • Free film screenings for teenagers
  • Olympics-themed art workshops at Hackney Museum
  • Film-making workshops for 13-19 year-olds
  • Crafts and writing sessions at libraries across the borough
  • Learning about artist management, studio techniques and how to promote live shows
The Access to Sports summer programme is running coaching sessions and tournaments in everything from football and athletics to tennis and handball. The council’s Parks for Life programme also continues with activities including yoga, roller skating and zumba in parks across the borough.

If you did not receive the guide, copies can be downloaded here.

New licensing application

Most Art, 86 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7PA have put in a licensing application for:
  • variation of premises licence for allow supply of alcohol and the provision of late night refreshment from 7am-1am Mon to Thurs; 7am-2am Friday; 8am-2am Sat; and 8am-midnight 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
There is a guide to making representations here.

The deadline for making representations is 17th August 2012.
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.