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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

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.