Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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A Big Thank You

Carole, Phil and Clayeon would like to thank everyone who supported us to become your Labour Councillors in the recent elections.

We really couldn't have done it without you!

The campaign gave us opportunity to meet and speak to many more people than we would be able to do by attending estate committee meetings, holding surgeries or on our walk abouts. It gave you the opportunity to tell us what you think about the work that your Labour team did over the last four years and helped us set priorities for the work over the next fourt years.

You gave an resounding yes to Labour and said that you did not want people talking your ward down. You said yes to plans to continue improving street cleanliness; yes to continued decreases to crime; yes to increases to recycling facilities; yes to new windows, kitchens, bathrooms, kitchens and roofs; yes to the continued support of the Shoreditch Wardens; yes t improvements to Shepherdess Walk Park and Shoreditch Park and yes more facilities for young people.

You gave a resounding yes to Labour continuing to improve the place where you live and for that we thank you.

But you also told us that the good work we started needs to continue and that there are somethings that you want to see improve even further, that is why we have already started tackling those things that matter to you most.

Despite the continued decline in local crime, we know that you are still concerned about crime so we will be holding more regular community safety walkabouts with the Hoxton Safer Neighbourhood Team. We will be attending regular community safety forum meetings and working closely with police to tackle local issues.

Although you welcomed the Decent Home works, you also told us that there are aspects of the programme that are causing you concern so we will be working with officers to keep delays to a minimum, improve communication with you, ensure that the best quality materials are used and that the job is done to high standards.

There are a number of issues that are specific to individual blocks which we are already tackling. Wenlock Barn Estate has already seen scaffolding going up on many of the blocks but much work needs to be done outside of the Decent Homes Programme to improve properties. We will be meetig with Hackney Homes to seek get work done to improve water supply, door entry systems, lift maintenance programmes.

These are just a few of the messages that we heard while speaking to you. The list we have and that we are working on is much longer than this.

We are looking forward to seeing changes and improvements across the ward and look forward to receiving comments from you on how you think we are doing.

We also look forward to working with you and for you over the next four years.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tony Blair Visits Hoxton

The Prime Minister, Tony Blair got our term as local councillors got off to a flying start when he visited Hoxton.

Tony Blair and Ruth Kelly came by to see for themselves the local warden scheme in operation, to speak to local residents and to take a look at the Digital Bridge project.

The Prime Minister met the deputy chair of one of the local TRAs, as well as residents. He listened their thoughts on the work the wardens have been doing over the past three years.

Residents welcomed the good work that the wardens have done and praised their hard work paying recognition to the impact they have made on local crime figures.

Jules Pipe, the Mayor of Hackney, was also present and detailed his vision for joining up with the good work that wardens do right across the borough. He said that the additional funds he put in to the scheme was well spent because of the impact they have made to a fall in crime figures as well as improvements to health and a noticeable reduction in enviro-crime.

Despite the assurance that residents now have following a sustained decrease in crime, there is still evidence of a fear of crime but this should improve as people get to know their local safer neighbourhood team. They can be easily contacted and, recent experiences have shown that they are rapidly responding to incidents in the ward.

Hackney Council Election Results 2006

Hackney Council Local Election results are in! After much hard work three Labour Councillors were elected to represent Hoxton Ward on May 4th 2006. Our names are Philip Glanville, Clayeon McKenzie and Carole Williams. We would like to thank everyone who came out to in the May 2006 Local elections.

The results clearly show that this was never a two horse race. Turn out for 2006 election was up to 2,506, that is 33.2% of eligable voters. There was overwhelming support, giving us a clear mandate to continue the good work started four years ago.

We have already committed to fulfilling six pledges. They are:

  • holding regular meetings, coffee mornings and advice surgeries to hear your views and give you the latest information
  • write to you regularly to keep you informed and let you know what we're doing on your behalf
  • walk around hte neighourhood every week - noticing what's wrong and informing council officers so they can sort it out
  • call and phone local residents to make sure we are listening to your priorities
  • regularly raise residents concerns with the police to reduce crime further and
  • making Hoxton safer, improve your homes and make sure that your children have decent schools and places to go
The 2006 Election results across Shoreditch were equally as good - proving you have a once again chosen a hard working group of councillors to deliver the priorities you help us to set.

A full list of Hackney Council local election results are available at