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, 23 December 2013

Season's Greetings!

Season's greetings to all Stoke Newington residents!

We hope you all have a good break over the festive period. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during 2013, and we look forward to continuing to work with you next year. We'll be giving this website a refresh too and updating the We Love Stoke Newington e-newsletter in the new year, so please do keep in touch.

Council services over Christmas and New Year: There are some changes to refuse and recycling collections, opening times of council services and parking enforcement - all the details are here.

Monday, 2 December 2013

New Licensing applications in Stoke Newington

There are two licensing applications that might be of interest: 

The Yucatan Bar 121 Stoke Newington Road London N16 8BT

The Police have made an application to review a premises licence on the grounds of allegations of a serious offence at the premises. 

The deadline for comments is 17th December 2013.

Simithane 6 Stoke Newington High Street London N16 7PL

Application for variation of premises licence for:
  • live music, recorded music, performance of dance, anything of similar description from 12:00 to 00:00 Sun to Tue, 12:00 to 01:00am Wed and Thur and from 12:00 to 03:00am Fri and Sat,
  • late night refreshment from 23:00 to 00:00 Sun to Tue, 23:00 to 01:00am Wed and Thur and from 23:00 to 03:00am Fri and Sat and supply of alcohol till 00:00 Sun to Tue, 01:00am Wed and Thur and till 03:00am Fri and Sat.
The deadline for comments is 19th December 2013.

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. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Wilmer Place update

As you are no doubt aware, the latest application for Wilmer Place is due to be heard at the planning committee meeting on 11th December.

We are disappointed that the developer submitted yet another application for the Wilmer Place site. This was identical to the previous application and we made a representation highlighting our ongoing concerns about the impact on Abney Park, the low level of affordable housing and the sensitivities of the site for a building this size remain.


We feel that the decision to submit an identical application is intended to make the judicial review that has been lodged by Stokey Local (on the second application that was approved at July's planning committee) redundant. We are frustrated with the developer's determination to push through this application when the local community have highlighted so clearly what the issues are.

We have been working alongside the Stokey Local resident campaign and will continue to do so. We share their concerns about the position that the Planning Committee has been put in.  


When this third application comes to Planning Committee in December, as local councillors, we will again oppose this vigorously as we have done before and use our right to speak at the committee hearing - focussing on the planning issues, and the grounds that led to the judicial review being lodged.
 

Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Your experiences of the private rented sector


The Living in Hackney scrutiny commission is currently carrying out a review of the private rented sector in Hackney.

You can also read more about the private rented review here. The key questions that are being examined are:

  • What evidence is there of poor tenant experiences in the private rented sector? 
  • What additional or alternative options are there to a licensing scheme?
  • What are the wider community experiences and views on any adverse issues associated with private rented sector lettings in their area?
  • Does the evidence collected by the Commission support or not the case for establishing a licensing scheme?
We know from speaking to residents in our ward that many people renting privately have a lot of concerns about their tenancies and their rights.  The Commission is keen to gather views from as many people as possible who can offer their experiences and insight into the issue.

There is an online survey here. Please do take the time to fill it in before 2nd December. 

 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Set the priorities of the local Police team this Wednesday


The Community Advisory Panel meeting for Stoke Newington Central is taking place this Wednesday 13th November - at 7pm 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. The meeting this week is also the AGM and a new Chair and Deputy Chair will be elected - if you are interested do go along!


If you can't attend and have a local community safety issue or ongoing problem - you can get in touch directly with the team here. Alternatively, please do contact us and we are happy to pass on your concerns. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Green sacks tips!

During one of our walkabout surgeries recently, a resident asked about the green sack recycling scheme and the fact that it can sometimes look at bit unsightly having lots of green sacks outside properties.

There are some useful tips on the Council’s
website which we thought was worth sharing as this isn’t the first time the issue has been raised with us.

Tips for using green sacks


As most waste is recyclable, if you use your green sacks properly you are likely to have hardly any rubbish left over. Some tips for using green sacks:

  • Line your main kitchen bin with a green recycling sack as more than 50% of your rubbish is recyclable. You can then take the green sack out on collection day. You could use a smaller bin for non recyclable waste, store it somewhere else in your home or put it straight into any outdoor containers/bins you may have.
  • Use an outdoor container for green sacks during the week. You may want to use a bin to store full green recycling sacks during the week. If you do this please ensure green sacks are taken out of the bin by 7am on the morning of your collection.
  • Wash and squash all recyclable materials so that they take up less space and do not encourage any foxes.
  • Change the way you think about recycling. If it is household waste it is likely to be recyclable apart from used sanitary items and plastic film.
Residents are also encouraged to only put green sacks outside on the morning of collection to help keep streets tidy and deter foxes. External bins in which to store the recycling are not provided due to a significant proportion of properties in Hackney not having adequate storage space.

If you have any questions or thoughts on this – please do get in touch! 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Stoke Newington Ward Forum - 21st October 7pm

The next Stoke Newington ward forum is on 21st October, 7pm at Yorkshire Grove Community Hall on Gunstor Road.

We are continuing the theme of looking at issues surrounding the High Street, and following repeated complaints about parking infringements on side streets off the A10 this will be the focus of the meeting.

We’ve invited representatives from Parking Services, the local police, the anti social behaviour team and others to discuss the issue and come up with a plan for how this can be tackled.

If this is a problem that you're concerned about – please do come along as we’re keen to work with you to find a productive way forward.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Two licensing applications for Stoke Newington Central

Two new late night licensing applications have been submitted for our ward:

Scenario (Formerly known as The Palatine), 97 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BX has applied to vary their license:
 

  • To include the basement on the licence and to amend and remove some of the existing conditions from the licence.
  • Also, the following licensable activities take place: plays, films, live music, anything of similar description and supply of alcohol from 10:00 to 00:30am Sun to Thur and from 10:00 to 02:30am Fri and Sat
  • recorded music from 10:00 to 01:00am Sun to Thur and from 10:00 to 03:00am Fri and Sat
  • performance of dance from 08:00 to 01:00am Sun to Thur and
  • from 08:00 to 03:00am Fri and Sat
  • late night refreshment from 23:00 to 01:00am Sun to Thur and from 23:00 to 03:00am Fri and Sat.
  • Non standard hours for all licensable activity will be New Year's
  • Eve from 10.00 until 11.00 the following day and the day before a public holiday to have the same hours as a Saturday.
The deadline for representations is 17th October.

192 Stoke Newington High Street London N16 7JD has applied for a licence:
 

  • for late night refreshment from 23:00 to 00:00 Sun to Thur and from 23:00 to 02:00am Fri and Sat
The deadline for representations is 18th October.

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. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Managing the night time economy - time to have your say

Hackney Council are seeking views on a proposal to introduce a Special Policy Area (SPA) in Dalston - going up as far as the Stoke Newington Road/Evering Road junction in Stoke Newington.

A SPA is used to help to manage the night time economy in areas where there are a large concentration of late night venues. It can also help the council to work with the Police and licensees to manage the impact of these areas on residents and visitors.

It’s not aiming to stop new businesses or put an end to the vibrant night time economy in this area (which as local residents we enjoy too!) but instead make sure that when late licenses are applied for, the applicants demonstrate that they can run their venues responsibly and not contribute to cumulative impacts of public nuisance, anti social behaviour and noise in the local area.

The proposed SPA will stretch from Stoke Newington High Street down to the junction of Middleton Road and Kingsland Road in De Beauvoir (map).

We welcome this consultation - we are frequently contacted by local residents who are disturbed by venues on the A10 that are failing to adhere to the terms of the premises licenses. Please to take the time to fill in the online survey here. 


There is a drop-in sessions this weekend for residents and businesses to find out more: Saturday 28 September , 10am - 4pm at Kingsland Shopping Centre, Kingsland High Street, E8 2NE.
For full details of the proposed Special Policy Area visit the Hackney Council website.

To request anything further including paper copies of the proposal documents email the council licensing department or call 020 8356 4942.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Wilmer Place latest


As most of you will be aware, the latest application for Wilmer Place was approved by the Planning Committee last night.

Hundreds of local residents turned up to the meeting as the revised application was considered and discussed.


Louisa and Cllr Daniel Stevens both gave speeches in opposition to the plans, arguing that the changes were minor and the reasons for refusing the application in April were
 still valid.

Nick Perry and Russell Miller also spoke on behalf of Stokey Local and put forward a strong argument about the likely harm the new development would cause – particularly to Abney Park cemetery.



Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas who is a member of the Planning Committee was unable to participate because she had openly registered her opposition to the scheme and supported local residents who are opposed to the application.

We are really disappointed with the outcome – especially after a long campaign. We’ve always had concerns about the size and massing of the development, the low level of affordable housing, and the fact that it has always been based on one anchor retail tenant (Sainsbury’s), limiting the scope to do something more ambitious in a very sensitive site.

Stokey Local organised a very effective campaign over the past few years, and we’ve worked alongside –them highlighting the concerns of residents, lobbying for changes, and outlining the real planning concerns we all had about the development.

Thank you to everyone who got involved, either for or against. It shows that people do care about our local area and can work and organise together about issues they feel passionately about. Stoke Newington is a stronger place for it.

Louisa's speech can be downloaded here.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Community safety priorities for Stoke Newington





 
Stoke Newington's community advisory panel met on Wednesday night to discuss crime and anti social behaviour issues in the ward, and set priorities for our local police team for the coming two months. The team reported back on the following activities since the last meeting:
  • High visibility patrols on Church Street targeting street criminals 
  • Targeting street drinking on Church Street, Stoke Newington High Street and Stoke Newington Road enforcing the 'Designated Public Places Order' which gives the police the power to move people on for 24 hours. 
  • Issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to those cycling on the footway
  • Parking enforcement in problematic areas
  • Tackling anti social behaviour on several estates
The new priorities for the team are:
  • Anti social behaviour on the High Street and Church Street - street drinking, licensing issues, cycling on the pavement, thefts
  • Liaising with the council over parking infringements on side streets off the A10
More details of the Stoke Newington Central police team here. 

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Update from the Town Hall

There was a Full Council meeting at the Town Hall last week. The full agenda and report from the meeting is online here, but a number of issues were discussed:
  • There was a deputation from residents who were concerned about the impact of the bedroom tax in Hackney. Cllr Karen Alcock replied to the deputation confirming that Hackney Council is opposed to the bedroom tax, and will lobby to revoke it if Labour get back into power nationally at the next General Election. The bedroom tax fails to recognise that these are people's homes, not units of transactions, and it should be everyone's right to build roots in a community. The bedroom tax impacts on just under 4000 residents in Hackney. The Government claims that people can downsize, but the issue is that there are not enough 1 or 2 bed properties to make this practical. There is a dedicated welfare reform team in Hackney Homes working with residents over the changes.
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  • Crossrail 2 was discussed and the importance of responding to the current consultation. There is a 'regional' option which would see a station in Hackney.
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  • There was an update on the Decent Homes programme for 2013/14. This is now well underway, with 1900 kitchen and bathroom refits this year. Due to cuts in Government funding for Decent Homes, it has been more challenging to undertake these works. In 2010, the Council had £40m for Decent Homes programme, and this year, it has been reduced to £16m. However, the Council has put additional resources in to take the investment up to £26m. 80% of our stock now meets decent homes standards. There is also good news that the new stock survey is almost complete - this has been an issue on a number of estates in our ward where due to inequities in the previous survey some estates had half of the blocks in the programme, and half not. We're pleased that progress is being made on this.
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  • There was the annual report from Overview and Scrutiny on the issues that have been looked at over the past year. 
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  • A report on the night time economy was also discussed - another issue that is particularly relevant to our ward given the number of late night venues. One of the recommendations in the report is for the night time economy delivery group to report back to ward councillors with updates about particular venues in their area. This would be very useful as we often get complaints from residents that they don't receive any feedback - even when a venue is being investigated. Improving this communication could potentially help to reassure complainants that their concerns are being taken seriously.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Two new licensing applications


Two new licensing applications have recently been submitted in Stoke Newington:

The Yucatan Bar, 121 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BT

  • Application for variation of premises licence to extend supply of alcohol till 00:30am Fri and Sat.

Deadline: 15th July

Pelican & Parrots Basement, 81 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8AD

  • Application for a premises licence to for recorded music and supply of alcohol from 12:00 to 00:00 Wed to Sat.

Deadline: 16th July

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.Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Set the priorities of the local police

The Community Advisory Panel meeting for Stoke Newington Central is taking place this Wednesday 3rd July - at 7pm 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.


At the last meeting here was an update on operations to try and tackle theft on the High Street and Church Street, as well as targeted actions against problematic late night venues. Cycling on the pavement – as ever – remains a problem, although the team do regularly issue Fixed Penalty Notices and do high visibility patrols.

More details of our local team are here.

Wilmer Place - not too late to have your say


As most people are aware, a new application has been submitted for Wilmer Place.

There are a number of minor changes
  • setting back the two storey podium wall by 1 – 2 m on the West but not the North (Cemetery Gates) side. 
  • setting back the residential blocks by 1- 3.2 m. 
  • increasing 3/4 bed units from 13 to 16
The developer feels that these address the main reasons why the previous application was refused.

The deadline for representations has passed – but you can still make comments on the application and it is important that people continue to do so.

Stokey Local have a very good summary of the key points here and we also discussed the new application at our recent ward forum where the following concerns were raised:

  • Jobs – Whilst there is a net gain in jobs, they are not of a sufficient quality to outweigh the potential loss of jobs elsewhere.
  • Housing – The development only creates 17% affordable homes and no properties for social rent.  This falls far short of the Council’s 50% target.  The applicant has argued that they cannot afford the required number of affordable homes, yet continues to change the tenure mix.  This is a Council policy so should not just be ignored.  It encourages the social mix of the area to be further diluted.
  • Transport – Being a car free development does not support the functionality of a supermarket.  Wilmer Place, Stoke Newington Church Street and the gyratory will all be used by articulated lorries.  Pedestrians regularly use Wilmer Place as a cut through.  This may become more dangerous with lorries on site.  There is also the possibility of people just stopping on Stoke Newington Church Street to pop into the store.  An application in Islington was thrown out on a similar premise.
  • Ecology – A full ecology survey by an expert needs to be carried out.  Any report presented by the applicant would need to be critically assessed.  Abney Park Cemetery is a public amenity and used by many.  The most common walking route is along the path that would run adjacent to the development.  This would hinder users’ experiences of the Cemetery.
  • Heritage – The Conservation Area covers both Abney Park Cemetery and the current shop make up.  Any addition to the area should be to preserve or enhance what is already there.  The current application brings no obvious benefits and would harm the small shops, as well as affect the aesthetics of the Cemetery’s entrance.  English Heritage do not approve of the application on this basis.  The privacy of the Cemetery will be broken down, and there are already a limited number of secluded locations in London.
There is also a guide to making representations on planning applications here.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Ward forum - 11th June

The next Stoke Newington Ward Forum is taking place on Tuesday 11th June at 7pm in St Paul's Church (corner of Evering Road/Stoke Newington Road).

We are joining the ward forum with Lordship (our neighbouring ward) so we can also discuss the latest Wilmer Place application which has just been submitted to the Council's planning department. 


We have invited the developer and architect to address the meeting (attendance tbc). The new application is currently expected to go to Planning Committee in July, so we are keen to understand the new plans in more detail and hear views on these. They are online here.

We also want to discuss this in the wider context of regeneration in Stoke Newington - looking at the wider context of the Council's policies, and to explore some of the ideas that came out of the recent 'State of the High Street' debate that we organised (full report from this meeting here). 

Just a reminder that the idea behind the new forums is that local residents and councillors will work together to identify priorities for improving our area. This is a move away from the old neighbourhood forums, which featured a lot of power point presentations and updates on local issues, but with little involvement from residents or councillors.


We look forward to seeing you on 11th June.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Follow up from State of the High Street debate

Thank you to those who came to or expressed an interest in the State of the High Street debate that we held last month.

The aim was to discuss a range of issues to do with the High Street, from the role it plays in the local economy, to more day to day concerns such as the pavements, waste, and the impact of late night bars.

There was a lively debate, and the main points raised were:

Streetscene issues:

Improving pavement surfaces
Tackling dog fouling
Persistent rubbish hot spots

Night time economy:
 

Continuing to oppose late night licences where residents fear the impact on residential streets
Enforcement against problem venues

Gyratory:

Continued work to look at options for removing the gyratory
Communicating more effectively with Transport for London who control the main
A10 red route
Brooke Road could be two way
The stretch between Church Street and Brooke Road could be trialled as two
way
Living Streets ideas to encourage more walking
Addressing traffic calming issues along the gyratory
Issues on Brooke Road with dropped kerbs
Signposting a cycling route south
Campaigning to raise awareness of cycling on pavement issues

Regeneration:
Strengthen the influence of the Conservation Area Advisory Committee in Stoke Newington
Retain diverse mix of shops on high street – avoid gentrification
Shop local
Building the day time economy

We would like to continue to discuss these issues with residents and agree a clear set of priorities that we can work together over.

Please do get in touch if you have any views on what we can try to tackle in the short term, as well as your thoughts on the longer term future of the High Street.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

State of the High Street event


We've arranged a special meeting on 23rd April, 7pm at St Paul’s Church to discuss the ‘State of the High Street’.

Stoke Newington High Street is a lively and vibrant town centre, and is increasingly attracting visitors from all over London. 

However, residents in Stoke Newington have repeatedly raised the following issues with us, and most recently at the Stoke Newington ward forum:
  • Noise and anti social behaviour from pubs and clubs
  • Issues associated with the one way system
  • Keeping the pavements clean and clear of obstacles
  • Street drinking
  • Persistent cycling on the pavement

We decided it would be a good opportunity to bring people together for a wider debate on these issues, to look at the High Street as a whole.

There will be three guest speakers - the Head of Regeneration from the Council; a speaker on night time economy and environmental issues from the Council, and Lucy Saunders from TfL who will talk about what makes a 'healthy street' and transport issues.

There will then be an open debate, where we can identify a set of priorities with residents to take forward.

Please do come along and have your say and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.


Sunday, 14 April 2013

New licensing application

86 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PA have made a licensing application for:
  • live music and facilities for making music from 18:00 to 00:00 Sun to Thur and from 18:00 to 02:00am Fri and Sat
  • recorded music, performance of dance and facilities for dancing from 15:00 to 00:00 Sun to Thur and from 15:00 to 02:00am Fri and Sat
  • supply of alcohol from 07:00 to 00:00 sun to Thur and from 07:00 to 02:00am Fri and Sat 
  • late night refreshment from 23:00 to 00:00 Sun to Thur and from 23:00 to 02:00am Fri and Sat.
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. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

The deadline is 2/5/13.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Wilmer Place development rejected by Planning Committee


Last night Hackney Council's Planning Committee voted to reject plans to redevelop Wilmer Place.

Local residents packed the Council Chamber to observe the Committee's deliberations. Following a presentation by the Council Officer, who was recommending that the Committee approve the application, councillors Daniel Stevens (Lordship) and Louisa Thomson (Stoke Newington Central) spoke in opposition to the plans. The speech Louisa gave is here and Daniel’s is online here.

Louisa highlighted concerns about housing, transport, noise and light, and the damaging effect a large supermarket would have on the local economy. Daniel focused on the detrimental impact the development would have on the historic character and biodiversity of Abney Park.


Our contributions were followed by speeches from local campaigners Nick Perry, Russell Miller and Damian Duggan-Ryan, who had the difficult task of covering a wide range of objections in just five minutes between them.


Stokey Local have run a very effective campaign over the last 18 months and it's been great to see so many people across the area come together united by their enthusiasm for Stoke Newington. Labour councillros in Stoke Newington have supported this campaign, and also worked tirelessly since the first proposals were revealed in August 2011 to highlight the concerns of residents, lobby for changes, and outline the real planning concerns about the proposed development.

The developer have said that they will appeal the decision, so we will keep you informed of what happens next. But for now we can celebrate a great victory for Stoke Newington.


Louisa's speech at the Planning Committee can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Cycling parking on Kynaston Road



Hackney Council is committed to promoting cycling as an alternative to private car use. The number of cyclists in Hackney continues to grow at a significant rate and the Council regularly receive requests from residents and businesses across the borough asking for more secure cycle parking stands. 


In some locations the Council has been trialing 'car bike ports'. These are temporary cycle parking facilities that hold up to 10 bikes. They are trialed for up to 8 weeks to see if they are used by cyclists, and if demand is high, then permanent cycle parking facilities will be proposed. The full details are
here.

There is currently a temporary car bike port outside 55 Kynaston Road. Let us know your views! Is more cycle parking needed in this location? Do you have any other areas in Stoke Newington where more cycle parking would be useful? We look forward to hearing from you.









Thursday, 14 March 2013

Wilmer Place development - update




As you may be aware, a revised application for the Wilmer Place site was submitted by the developer recently.

Over the past year, we have been working with residents and local groups and organisations on the proposed development of Wilmer Place, and we had a number of concerns about the size of the building, the low level of affordable housing and the impact on Abney Park Cemetery in particular. We repeatedly raised these issues and concerns with the developer and Sainsbury’s.

The latest application is online here. The deadline for comments is 14th March, and we understand that if you made a comment on the previous application this is still taken into consideration. We will be submitting a response on the latest version outlining that many of our original concerns still stand. You can read our full submission here. We also intend to represent those residents who have asked us to when the application goes to the Planning sub-committee.

Stokey Local have done a round up of the main changes:

  • A height reduction of approximately 1.5 stories, although the height is largely removed from the bottom/retail unit ceiling height.
  • Height has also been reduced towards the cemetery around the two storeys that were on top of the retail unit
  • 15 fewer residential units; we are unsure of the mix at this stage.
  • Given this change there is likely to be a remodelling of the financial viability of the project
  • The proposed retail floor space and frontage arrangements remain unchanged
  • There will be a new bat study and enhanced Ecology study around the cemetery
  • TfL and Highways previously had no strong views on transport issues so it is expected that this will remain broadly the same.
  • There is still concern about the actual height and it seems that officers have requested more CGI views, a model and even suggested a scaffold be built to actual height to properly assess the scale and height, the committee could defer the scheme if it is unconvinced the point has been properly proven.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Hackney Council's Budget 2013/14

On February 27th, Labour councillors passed Hackney Council’s Budget for 2013/14.
This Budget has been set in the context of the deepest spending cuts to local government since the Second World War. Over £80m has been cut from the Council’s Budget over the last three years, with the Coalition Government’s cuts falling hardest on the most deprived areas in the country.

Hackney Labour’s approach has been to protect front line services and ensure better value for money, and we have been determined to do what we can to shield residents from the impact of these cuts.

Speaking at the Budget meeting, Jules Pipe, the Mayor of Hackney, highlighted how this represents an ideological attack by the Government on public services. He spoke about the challenges of providing services for less, but that Hackney Labour had protected libraries, leisure centres and vital services such as street cleaning. He stressed that the Budget in future years will be even more challenging with the Government having made it clear that local government will be subject to more cuts.

The Budget contains £1.1bn of spending on a wide range of services. Our priorities are to keep Hackney clean and safe; bring investment and jobs to the Borough and protect those residents in need. There has been no increase in Hackney’s council tax for the last eight years.

  • £38m on Children’s social care, including child protection, supporting families, children who are permanently looked after by the Council
  • £13.5 on youth services including our 5 youth centres
  • £257m on education and schools
  • £49.5m on the public realm which goes towards keeping Hackney’s streets clean, removing graffiti, fly tipping, recycling waste, cycle training and environmental enforcement
  • £90m on Adult social care supporting vulnerable adults in the borough
  • £21m on health and wellbeing services including our eight libraries, Hackney Museum, 56 parks and the Drug and Alcohol action team
  • £7.3m on regeneration and planning
  • £4.6m on safer communities including the gangs unit, domestic violence, CCTV and safety wardens
You can read the full Budget online here.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Stoke Newington ward forum - 28th February

The next Stoke Newington Ward Forum is taking place on Thursday 28th February at 7pm in Yorkshire Grove Community Hall, Gunstor Road.

At the last ward forum, we focussed our discussions on the High Street, recognising that this runs through the centre of our ward, and issues around waste, the state of the pavements, the gyratory, noise and anti social behaviour, affect most people who live in the local area. 

Following feedback from residents, and a number of casework issues that have arisen over the past few months, February’s ward forum will focus on licensing issues and the night time economy on the A10. We’ve invited along licensing officers from the Council to talk to the ward forum.

We will also discuss the proposed ‘State of the High Street’ debate, and any other issues that residents wish to raise at the meeting.
 

We’re keen for the meeting to be an opportunity to bring people together and for us to work collaboratively to improve how we respond to licensing issues. Just a reminder that the idea behind the new forums is that local residents and councillors will work together to identify priorities for improving our area.

Friday, 11 January 2013

New yoga classes starting at Yorkshire Grove Community Hall

Yorkshire Grove Estate Tenants and Residents Association have organised yoga classes in the community hall.

These start on 14th Jan, and will be every Monday from 9.30am-11am.

The cost is £3 per session and mats are provided. The contact details for the session are Madeleine Heinemann on mad4yoga@gmail.com.

Poster with all the details here.

Another licensing application: 55 Stoke Newington High Street


55 Stoke Newington High Street N16 8EL have made an application to vary their premises license:

  • to extend live music, recorded music, performance of dance, making music, facilities for dance, supply of alcohol and late night refreshment till 5:00am Thur to Sat.

These premises recently applied for a late night license and the licensing sub-committee granted opening hours until midnight only. The details of this decision are online here.

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. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

The deadline is 18/1/13.

Have your say on policing changes in London

As we mentioned before Christmas, we have concerns about some of the proposed changes to policing in London and are opposed to any cuts that would put at risk the year on year fall in crime we've seen in Hackney. 

Hackney Labour has been highlighting this and the importance of ensuring police officer numbers remain the same and that police stations remain accessible to residents. 

The Draft Mayor of London's Police and Crime Plan has now been published and on 24th January at 6pm, there will be a consultation event on 24th January at 6pm at the Town Hall Assembly Rooms to discuss the plans. This is an important opportunity to feed in your views to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

We know that Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Hackney provide a strong local link with residents, and we want to ensure this is protected. 

The Police and Crime Plan also outlines plans to close Hackney Police Station, and reduce Shoreditch opening hours. Stoke Newington will remain open 24 hours.


Final chance to have your say on the new boundary proposals for Hackney wards

The final proposals for changes to Hackney electoral ward boundaries have been published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).
 

The LGBCE have also announced that residents will now have an extra chance to comment on the proposals as some changes have been made to the draft recommendations.

These are largely in the south of the borough in Hoxton and in Stamford Hill, but there are also a few changes to the proposed new Shacklewell ward which part of our existing ward will be moving into.
Full details on these changes including updated maps are available on the LGBCE website.

Residents are invited to comment on these proposed changes.


You can have your say on the LGBCE online submissions form, via email, or by post to:


The Review Officer (Hackney)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill House
LONDON
EC1M 5L

The consultation closes on the 19th of February 2013.