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Monday, 31 March 2014

New licensing application

Y.O.L.O 175 Stoke Newington Road London N16 8BP has made an application for the following premises licence:
  • Application for a premises licence for plays, films, indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, anything of similar description and supply of alcohol from 10:00 to 23:45 Mon to Wed, 10:00 to 02:45am Thur, 10:00 to 03:45am Fri and Sat and from 10:00 to 22:45 Sun
  • Late night refreshment from 23:00 to 23:45 Mon to Wed, 23:00 to 02:45am Thur, 23:00 to 03:45am Fri and Sat
The deadline is 16/4/14.

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, 30 March 2014

Free internet in Hackney

There are many places across Hackney where you can access the internet for free - in the Council's libraries, the Service Centre, children's centres, housing association and other community organisations.

The Council's website has a list and map with all the locations here.

You can also book a computer in a library online if you have your library card and PIN. Most of our libraries also have free WiFi.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The future of Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park Trust has been looking for new trustees and their AGM is next Wednesday 2nd April - there is more information on getting involved here. 

Abney Park Cemetery is owned and managed by the Council and Abney Park Trust.

The Council recently commissioned a report to look at future options for Abney Park Cemetery with a view to making suggestions for a sustainable way forward to manage the cemetery so that vital safety improvements and heritage work can take place and to ensure that the future of this very important site is secure for generations to come.

We have been in contact with the Abney Park Trust as we know that there were some concerns following the external report. We have also discussed this with the Cabinet member for Community Services (who has responsibility for parks in Hackney), and stressed the importance of of working with the Trust and engaging all the relevant local stakeholders. 

Cllr Jonathan McShane has confirmed that the Council wants to continue working with the Abney Park Trust and that a partnership between the Council and Trust is the proposed way forward. Cllr McShane has assured us that discussing the details with Abney Park Trust is a priority.

This is an important local issue and we will continue to liaise with all involved as decisions are made about the cemetery. 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Beat the bookies - sign the petition

Hackney Council has launched a new phase in its campaign against the wave of betting shops blighting Hackney's high streets. You can read the full story here.

The Council is also calling on residents nationwide to sign an online petition to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to demonstrate the weight of public opinion against the current betting shop free-for-all.

The Council’s proposal is that betting shops be given their own use class, as with nightclubs and casinos. This would mean residents and councillors could have a say over every application, and the potential impact that a new betting shop may have on an area would become a key factor on whether or not it gets approved.

This could make a massive difference - back in 2010 when Paddy Power opened on the High Street we made representations against the application but knew this would ultimately have little impact on the final decision (the blog post from the time is here).

To sign the petition, visit www.change.org/petitions/eric-pickles-mp-help-councils-stop-betting-shops-taking-over-our-high-streets 

You can read the full submission that Hackney Council has made to the Government here.