Friday, November 30, 2007

"A Host for 2012 - The London Olympic and Paralympic Games"

Useful Numbers

  • 24 hr construction Hotline 080000 722 110
  • Hackney 2012 Team 020 8356 3126
  • Job Opportunities 020 7241 7080

Web sites

2008 Highlights

  • The Olympic Flag will be handed to London and the closing of the Beijing 2008 Games
  • Five host boroughs will take centre stage with a new annual summer cultural festival
  • Main venue construction will begin and run through to 2011
  • Five host boroughs and the Olympic Delivery Authority will engage residents on post-2012 planning

2009 Highlights

  • Procurement starts for the delivery of Games services
  • New phase of opportunities for residents to work in areas such as construction, culture, tourism and transport
  • Work will get underway to improve the Marshes for football and community use

2010 Highlights

  • East London Line Extension Line to Dalston Opens
  • North London Line Improvements
  • Jobs on the Games site reaches its peak at 20,000
  • Hackney Marshes improved pitches and new changing rooms will be completed
  • Official volunteering programme for the 2012 Games will be launched

2011 Highlights

  • East London Line to Highbury will be completed
  • Football on East Marsh will transfer to the main Marshes until 2013
  • Hackney Schools active in local and national volunteering programme
  • Venues for the Games will be completed and test events will be staged

2012 and Beyond

  • Olympic and Para Olympic Games in July, August and September
  • Host boroughs will celebrate with a Cultural Olympiad open to everyone in East London
  • East Marsh will be returned for football in 2013 with a new bridge connecting the Marshes to the Olympic Park and sports facilities
  • The Legacy phase begins for Hackney and the Lower Lea Valley including a new Park, new neighbourhood and employment area
  • 2012 and beyond - legacy benefits will provide new opportunities for Hackney

Details taken from the Mayor of Hackney's "A Host for 2012"

Fresh Start

What is Fresh Start?
Fresh Start is a scheme for residents wanting a transfer outside of London. The scheme will enable residents to move into council housing, housing associations or private properties.

Who can join the scheme?
Residents on the Council housing register or council and Housing Association tenants can join the scheme.

How do I find out more information?
Contact the Fresh Start team to arrangement and appointment by calling 020 835 5751.

Hackney Mediation Services

One of the many issues that local residents come to see councillors about is disputes with neighbours and we are pleased to announce that there will be three more training sessions on mediating neighbour disputes planned for early 2008. We would encourage TRAs and TMOs to register people to attend.

The dates are:

  • 31 January
  • 28 February
  • 20 March

For further information and to book onto one of the courses please contact the Hackney Mediation Service on 020 8356 4794 or email

Recent Tranport Announcements

Here is a breakdown of recent transport announcements:
  • Since 11 November 2007 passengers have been able to use Oyster and Travelcards on Transport for London's new London Overground service, North London Railway.
  • Door-to-door fares for older and disabled Londoners will be abolished making rides free from 1 January 2008 and will benefit around 50,000 Londoners.
  • Another six environmentally friendly hybrid buses are being added to Transport for London's (TfL's) bus fleet. By 2012 every new bus entering the fleet will be a hybrid and will help to cut pollutant emissions in London and contribute to the drive to tackle climate change.
  • Londoners on income support can get access to reduced bus and tram fares by sending proof of income support to TfL and enclosing a copy of a passport, drivers licence bank card or Post Office Card Account card, birth or marriage certificate, NHS Medical Card and recent utility bill. Forms are available on the TfL website ( ) or from a local post office. The helpline number is 0800 731 4564
  • There will be a price freeze on all single Oyster and cash fares for bus and tube Journeys next year. Single cash fares will remain at £2 ; bus journeys paid for using the cashless Oyster cared will remain at 90p; single cash fares for zone 1-4 journey’s will be £4 and Oyster pay-as-you-go passengers will pay £2.50 7am-7pm. Full details of charges are listed on the TfL website.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Decent Homes Programme Phase 2 - Marie Lloyd House

Works on roof renewal, concrete repairs and window replacement will commence on Marie Lloyd House on 26 November 2007 and will be completed by the end of May 2008.

Any residents with questions can go along to a weekly drop in session which will be held every Wednesday morning between 9.00am and 12.00pm at the Shoreditch Neighbourhood Office, Bletchley Court, 1 Cropley Street, N1.

£4m for transport improvements in Hackney

Tfl has announced a £4m of funding package for transport in Hackney.

Here is a breakdown of the funding for Hackney:
  • Principal road renewals - £198,000
  • Local safety schemes - £425,00020mph zones - £300,000
  • Education, training and publicity - £44,000
  • Walking - £160,000
  • Cycling - £250,000
  • London Cycle Network+ - £867,000
  • Bus stop accessibility - £147,000
  • Bus priority - £510,000
  • School Travel Plans - £806,000
  • Work travel plans - £17,000
  • Travel awareness - £32,000
  • Regeneration area schemes - £80,000
  • Environment - £50,000
  • Controlled parking zones - £50,000
  • Local area accessibility - £60,000
  • Total £3,996,000

Monday, November 19, 2007

Plans to Re-vamp Windsor Terrace

Windsor Terrace is in need of a facelift and the council is working with Shoreditch Trust to find a solution and local residents have been consulted on layout, lighting replacement, seating and planting. The trees on this City Road landmark will be retained but the trip hazards caused by the pertruding roots will be recitifed.

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