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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.