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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There was the annual report from Overview and Scrutiny on the issues that have been looked at over the past year. 
  • 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.