Sunday, June 18, 2006

Monthy Community Policing Meetings

The Police will be holding regular monthly meetings with residents of Hoxton Ward and your Labour Councillors will also be attending. The next meeting will be on 31 July at 6.16pm in the community Hall on Cranston Estate.

This is an opportunity for everyone to have a say in the way their ward is policed and to hear how the police are tackling community safety issues which affect your lives.

General Report and Update

Since being elected, ward councillors have:
  • lobbied for a new crossing on New North Road
  • organised residents meetings to discuss leaseholder chargers and new management charges
  • met with officers to discuss the roll-out and implementation of the Decent Homes Programme
  • lobbied re the planning for a student halls of accommodation on Pitfield Street
  • lobbied for improvments to Crondall Court and Parr Court
  • worked with police on community safety issues
  • done ward walk abouts on Wenlock Barn Estate and St John's Estate
  • Attended Estate committee meetings for Charles Sq and Pitfield Estate, Provost Estate, St John's Estate
  • taken up case work on behalf of residents
  • investgated plans to update the heating system on Cranston Estate and across the ward
  • held individual surgeries plus a roving surgery
  • pressed for the opening of the Blue Hut Youth Club
  • met with planners to discuss the South Shoredithc Area Action Plan and the potential impact on the ward
  • met with members and officers to discuss Hoxton Square and the night time economy area
Councillors have also attended the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission Meeting to priorities the work programme for this year. Commissions are a mechanism for councillors to scrutinise the work that the council is carrying out and to make improvments for Hackney residents. For more information on scrutiny commissions click here.

Roving Surgery

Sunday 18 June was the date for another roving surgery. All ward councillors and Labour MP came out to speak to residents about a variety of problems they have been having.

In response to the clear message given to us during the election campaign about coming to see you, we spent the week dropping leaflets for you to leave in your window if you wanted a visit.
This morning we spoke to around 24 people over three hoursresidents at Buxton Court, Windsor Terrace, Micawber Street, Windsor House and Bracklyn Court were visited .

The issues dealt with ranged included:
  • leaseholder charges
  • decent homes work
  • rubbish collection and litter
  • community safety
  • noise nuisance

We will be holding more roving surgeries over the next four years but, but we also hold regular monthly surgeries in the ward. For details of times and locations call 020 8356 3207.

For details of your MPs surgeries you can call her office on 020 7219 5325.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Decent Homes

Giving people homes that are decent to live in, within communities where they feel safe, secure and happy, must be central to our mission over the next four years. When Labour took control of the council in 2002, some tenants were living in homes that hadn’t been improved since the day there were built - where repairs hadn’t been carried out and which were hard to keep warm, windows were rotting and falling out and bathrooms were in a state of disrepair.

Things have changed dramatically over the past four years, however. Now, every estate across the ward has had some Decent Homes works done. Buckland Court has new windows, doors and bathrooms, Haberdasher Estate has had new doors and windows, as has Aske House and much of the Arden Estate. Now Wenlock Barn Estate has seen work begin on Brackyln Court, Evelyn Court and Napier Court and scaffolding has gone up on Cropley Court.

The Decent Homes programme is making a difference to the lives of tenants across the ward putting us on course to reduce the number of non-decent properties.

But the programme has not just been about improvements to homes it has resulted in greater involvement of tenants in decision making about their homes; it has created training and employment opportunities; and has stimulated improvement in housing services and will continue to do so as the programme does even more work.

We are mindful of the inconvenience that this work can cause and are working hard to improve the speed of the works to minimise this for residents. We have been speaking to the Manager of the Decent Homes Programme for Shoreditch about making it easier to make comments without having to come along to an Estate Committee meeting. You can post your comments on this blog about how best this can be done.

So far 332 new doors have been fitted to properties and 215 new kitchens and bathrooms installed.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Shoreditch Station Closes

Shoreditch underground station, which has been open since 1876, transported its last passengers on Friday 10 June 2006. Rail enthusiasts, councillors, London Underground Officials and station staff were all there to say goodbye and to welcome in the plans for a new, long-awaited Shoreditch High Street Station which will be one of the new stations along the East London Line Extension.

The station closure created an air of mixed emotions. For the 1,300 commuters who use the station on a daily basis it was one of disappointment. For the station staff and other staff working on the line, it was a very sad affair.

Over the past 8 years Harrington Hargreaves (otherwise known as Pat) and Jo Joseph have come to know many of the passengers and have grown to love them and the colleagues they work with. It will be hard for them to move on but move on they will. Both will be transferred to Aldegate Station.

Jo was certainly the celebrity of the evening, with everyone wanting to talk to her, to hear her experiences at Shoreditch Station over the years and, most importantly, to have her clip their specially commissioned ticket to make the last ever journey into the station.

Most of all the evening was filled with hopeful anticipation of a new underground station which will open up Shoreditch and Hackney to the rest of London, bring regeneration and more job opportunities through economic growth. The new Shoreditch Stations will include Hoxton, Haggerston and Dalston Kingsland.

The new East London line will take you as far as West Croydon via Canada Water, New Cross, Crystal Palace and Norwood. To the north, it will go to Highbury and Islington where you will be able to pick up the Victoria line.

That's a fond fairwell to Shoreditch Station and a welcome to a new era.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tribute to the late Carole Young

The life of Carole Young, dubbed the Hoxton a matriarch, was commemorated at Hackney's Council meeting.

Carole lived in Hoxton all her life and was part of a group of residents who drove the New Deal for Communities process in Hackney and worked with Renaisi to secure pathfinder status under the programme.

She was a shadow member of the Shoreditch Trust Board at the start of the process in 1998 and progressed to the full board in 2000.

She chaired the board from 2002 to 2004 and astutely saw the programme and the partnership through some of the most difficult times for the NDC nationally.

Carole retired from Shoreditch Trust in 2005.

Carole was previously a councillor as well as Deputy Mayor in Hackney.

Loving mother and wife, Carole has left behind Charlie, her husband for 44 years, sons and daughters Kevin, Michaelle, Tony and Joanne and grandchildren Charlie, Jodie and Oliver and a child yet to be born. Carole is also survived by sister Jean and brother Michael.

At her recent memorial services held in St John's Church Hoxton, April Keech said, "Carole often told her children that they could do whatever they wanted to with support and no one better than them and likewise they are not better than others."

Carole took many people under her matriarchal wing, helped to voice their their desires, hopes and dreams.

But everyone including Carole Young needed support and Carole's secret support was her husband, Charlie Young and her family. All of whom were fiercely loyal . Carole knew that whatever happened outside her home, in the council, at neighborhood or New Deal meetings, Trust Meeting or tenants association meetings, that Charlie would also be there - her rock and her refuge, her support.

That support grew out of the mutual respect, care and love of one another that Carole and Charlie Young had from the beginning of their marriage when they walked down this aisle 44 years ago.

Carole spent much of her life working so that people had better homes, increased safety, transport and heating. She wanted people here in Shoreditch to know that they had a place, a voice that no one could take that away.

Carole Young has a place in the legacy of Hoxton and Shoreditch for helping others to know they have a place and a voice.