Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Reporting on Hoxton's Safer Neighbourhood Team

Residents at the last meeting of the Hoxton Community Action Panel, set the priorities for policing. Click here for information. Since then, the Metropolitan Police's have reported their statistics for Hoxton. These show that crime (total notifiable offences) is down on figures for last month and also for this time last year. All details are here on the Met website.

You can also read the latest edition of the Police and Council's Safer Neighbourhood newsletter for Hoxton here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Volunteering with Crisis

This year Councillor Carole Williams will be volunteering with Crisis, the homelessness charity and has set up a fundraising webpage on the Crisis site. Click here.

As well as helping out over the Christmas period, she has also set herself a fund raising target to help with the work that Crisis is doing to end homelessness. If you would like to help Councillor Williams achieve her target why don't you think about clicking the link and making a donation? All funds go directly to Crisis.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Hoxton Councillors, Carole Williams, Phil Glanville and Clayeon McKenzie would like to take this opportunity to wish all Hoxton residents a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

We'll be back working hard for Hoxton in 2010, in the meantime remember that Christmas is a time of giving and recieving and the result is usually a lot of wrapping paper so remember to recycle!

I'm sure that you'll catch a glimpse of us around the ward otherwise, we'll see you in the new year.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hackney Prepared for a Sudden Cold Snap

It’s that time of year when we all start getting out our woolies and wrapping up warm in preparation for lashings of snow as another cold snap hits London.

The bookmakers have slashed their odds on a white Christmas and, after much of London came to a stand in February, residents across Hoxton want guarantees that the council are ready for another sudden and heavy downfall of snow. 

Though we have had only a light dusting of snow so far, Hoxton Councillors have been told that adequate preparations have been put in place to keep Hackney roads clear and safe for drivers as well as pedestrians.

We have asked for and received confirmation of the following facts and figures:
  • Partners have been instructed to increase salt stocks from 100 tonnes to 170 tonnes.
  • A review was held with contract partners in October to ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place for a sudden freeze
  • The Met Office forecast a milder and wetter season than last year, although much of the country has already seen freezing temperatures.

Hoxton Councillor, Carole Williams said, "The council's quick response to the heavy snowfall last year was made apparent as I walked through Hoxton in February.  The main roads as well as the side roads were well gritted. This year, I am pleased to see that the council  have an increased supply of salt and grit and that preparations have been put in place just in case the Met Office have it wrong and London is hit by a prolonged cold snap."
 If you are interested in facts and figures, here are some more:
  • Over an average winter, salting lorries will be deployed about 40 times in Hackney, usually overnight.
  • On every trip over 40% of Hackney’s entire road network are treated – about 102km
  • Hackney's Red routes are treated by Transport for London and colleagues at Waste Services deal with treating footways
  • The Council  commenced its winter standby service on 8 November and it will run for 18 weeks up to mid-March. This will be reviewed in late February and consideration will be given to extending it if necessary.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Tackling Hate Crime

Hoxton Councillors have met with local police for a second time to discuss hate crime. On Friday 4 December we met with the local Member of Parliament, Meg Hillier, Council Officers, Councillor Julius Nkafu, Chair of Hackney's Hate Crime Forum, LGBT Hackney Domestic Violence and Hate Crime Officer form Hackney Police as well as Police Officers from Tower Hamlets and Councillor from Weaver's Ward in Tower Hamlets.

Weavers and Haggerston Safer Neighbourhood Teams have recorded a number of attacks on members of the public and they have been working together to reduce incidents, to help the public stay safe while out and to speak to local community leaders to address the root causes.

Hoxton Councillors will continue to work with Councillors in Haggerston Ward as well as police and the council to address community concerns and fears.

CouncillorPhilip Glanville said, "Residents from across wards and boroughs have raised their concerns about attacks that have taken place on both sides of the borough boundary. The majority appear to have taken place across in Tower Hamlets. We are committed to working with Hackney Council to ensure that, working in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, Tower Hamlets Police and local community the streets are made safe for all."

Councillor Carole Williams said, "This was a good opportunity for councillors to meet with partners and the owner of a local bar about tackling hate crime. We commend the work that has been done so far and welcome news that there will be another public meeting in the New Year to discuss the public's concerns."

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Council Meetings for November 2009

Details and agendas for Council meetings scheduled for November 2009 are now available on the council website.

Meetings Hoxton Councillors will be attending include:
  • Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commisson
  • Community Safety and Social Inclusion Commission
  • Overview and scrutiny Board
Click here for full details.

In addition councillors will also be attending neighbourhood and estate committee meetings.

Consulting on a Controlled Drinking Area

You may have heard that Hackney Council and partners are considering making Hackney a controlled drinking area to allow police the powers to seize alcohol from people causing a nuisance.

Hackney already has controlled areas or Designated Public Protection Orders but these are not borough-wide so problems can just move around the borough.

Hackney Council are seeking residents views and we would encourage you to respond if you feel strongly for the proposal or against the proposal.  You can read the further information and respond here.  The deadline for responses is 28 December 2009.

You can view all other consultations here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Great news for Local People

We have passed another hurdle in our campaign to have Murray Grove Post Office reopened. Click here to read story in Hackney Gazette

Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change comes to Hackney

From 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen, delegates from 192 countries will meet to discuss and come to an agreement on:
  • a new treaty to follow the Kyoto protocol which expires in 2012; 
  • new targets for industrialised nations to reduce carbon emissions; 
  • new targets for poorer nations to limit greenhouse gases; 
In preparation for that Ed Milliband, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change held a rally here in Hackney to discuss the impact that climate change is already having in the world. A live link to Kenya was arranged and Abdi spoke powerfully about how climate change is affecting the community there. He told us how the cycle of droughts used to last about 11 years but that this has been reducing. Now Kenya experiences droughts every 2 years. These are swiftly followed by floods and as a result, Kenya has lost up to 80% of their live stock, making it increasingly difficult for families to find food.

Kenya might seem like a long way away and what is happening there may seem to have no consequence for our lives but, Hackney is a very diverse community. The chances are that you will know someone who who is suffering as a direct result of this kind of environmental impact.

The messages were strong and clear. For those of us in the west reducing our carbon emissions is a lifestyle choice. But for people like Abdi in Kenya and other developing countries, it is a matter of life and death.

The plea was for all of us to reduce our carbon emissions.

You can read here what steps have taken to reduce emissions when Hackney Council signed up to the 10:10 campaign.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Full Council Meeting, Wednesday 28 October 2009

This month's council meeting will take place on Wednesday 28 October at Hackney Town Hall. The agenda is available on the website here.

Items of note on this months agenda include a question from Councillor Carole Williams on steps the council will be taking to improve response times of Safer Neighbourhood Teams when responding to reports of crime taking place on council estates.

Other questions will also be asked on Council Tax Levels for next year; the council's efficiency savings as well as Hackney Empire.

The council will also consider a motion to condemn the Mayor of London's recent announcement that he will increase bus and tubes fares, disproportionately affect Hackney residents.

No armed police patrols in Hackney

Hackney Central Councillors are now blogging here.  Their most recent post confirms Hackney's borough commander has announced that there will be no armed patrols in Hackney.  You can read the post here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Should a Wind Turbine be Built on Hackney Marshes

This week Hackney Council launched a consultation on whether or not to use part of Hackney Marshes for the construction of a wind turbine. 

If this massive project goes ahead, it will make a considerable contribution toward reducing Hackney’s carbon emissions.  It will also provide green energy for the borough for the next 25 years and, rent from the for the land the turbine would sit on could be invested in sports and playing facilities on the Marshes.

Anyone can respond to the consultation so if want to have your say on whether this project should go ahead, click here.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Tackling Homophobic Crime

You may have heard recent news reports on homophobic crime. Hoxton Councillors have been concerned about these reports and have sought guarantees from Hackney's Cabinet Member with responsibility for Neighbourhoods that the Council are working with Hackney Police to reassure Hackney residents and tackle hate crime.  We have received the following response to a question that was raised at last month's full council meeting:
From Cllr Williams to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods: 'I welcome news in the most recent Safer Neighbourhoods Team newsletter in which information is given on the work being done by dedicated police teams to tackle hate crime against Hackney's LGBT community. Would the Cabinet Member highlight how the police are working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs to address the problem of homophobic crime?'
Each Borough Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) has a LGBT Police Liaison Officer who link into the Community Safety Unit; this is coordinated through New Scotland Yard.
Hackney Metropolitan Police Authority has 8 LGBT Police Liaison Officers and a coordinator who work in these roles voluntarily to support victims of homophobic crime. There is an East London Out Project (ELOP) based in Walthamstow that co-ordinate a 3 monthly meeting that brings all the LGBT Police Liaison Officers across the Borough's to tackle homophobic crime by sharing cross Borough intelligence. There is a further monthly networking meeting of LGBT Police Liaison Officers across the East London Borough's where they discuss and share ideas.
Recently Councillors Philip Glanville and Carole Williams also spent an evening with Hackney Police's LGBT Liaision Officer to get a first hand view of what the police are doing to work with local licence holders and club goers to keep residents safe while out.

We don't want anyone to be the victim of crime so would urge you to speak to the LGBT Liaison Officer for advice and information.  The number is 020 7275 3183 or you can email by clicking here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Hoxton Councillors are now all on Twitter.  We can be followed at Hoxton Labour tweeting about everything from council meetings, consultations, local news and views and diary engagements.
If you can also follow us here:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hackney One Carnival 27th September

The Hackney One Carnival, Hackney's main Cultural Olympiad activity, will take place on Sunday and will celebrate the diverse cultures that make Hackney so special.

The Route
The Carnival procession will start from the Town Hall at 11.30am, going north along Mare Street, Amhurst Road, Pembury Road and Hackney Downs Park. Arriving at Downs Park at approximately 12.30pm.

Sixteen Carnival groups will be taking part and the majority are a mixture of local community and voluntary sector groups and small enterprises. Each carnival group will contain 20 – 40 carnival participants. The groups' participants would consist of a wide range of Hackneys residents from all age groups, cultures and inclusive of disabled persons. With in Hackney there are some organisations that are not able to fully participate in the Carnival procession, so there is the opportunity for them to make a cultural offering at the park. They will be able to showcase their heritage/culture through their preferred medium such as dance, song poetry or theatre.

Volunteers and stewards
The event is providing volunteering opportunities for up to 50 individuals who have been drawn from the graduates from the Hackney 2012 Personal Best volunteering programme and it will give them invaluable work experience and form part of their accreditation assessment. The event will also be assisted by 30 professional stewards who will ensure safety measures along the the route.

Hackney 2012 Youth Ambassadors who are all young Hackney residents and have been part of a programme of peer to peer education and advocacy for the 2012 games and the opportunities available will also be actively involved in the day's events. They will support many of the activities will be taking place in the park.

Activities at Downs Park
Sporting activities for all abilities

All of the activities listed below will be available for Hackney's resident to participate in. There will be traditional sporting games that are intergenerational and fun. This will be delivered by the 2012 Unit and the 2012 Sports Coaches and school children that have taken part in the "2012 Personal Best" programme across Hackney.

Activities will include:
  • Hackney's fastest man/woman
  • Personal Bests
  • Olympic sports – Discus, Shot putt, Javelin, Sprints
  • Traditional sports events
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Sack race
  • Wheelbarrow race
  • Bean bag race
  • Obstacle race
  • Adults and Children's races
  • Children's play/ activity area.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Audio Interview with Hackney's 2012 Olympic Champion, Dervish Konuralp

Dervish Konuralp is Hackney's Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics. He is also a Hackney resident and on 16 September he attended the full council meeting in Hackney Town Hall and agreed to be first interviewee on the newly launched Hoxton Labour audioBoo, which is a new online recording facility.

Dervish answered questions about being an Ambassador, volunteering for the 2012 Olympics and sporting facilities in the borough. You can listen to his interview below or by clicking here.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Following last months Million Moms March, Hackney is also preparing for another annual London Week of Peach March.

London Week of Peace march has been taking place since 2001 in Haringey and now takes place in thirteen London boroughs.  Hackney has been holding a peace march for a number of years now and, this years march will be starting the Community College on Falkirk Street at 11:30am.

If you are coming along, you can register here.  If you are coming along and are a tweeter, tweet Hoxton Councillors here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Current Consultation

Do you want to have your say on council services.  Hackney is currently consulting on a review of the gambling policy.  Your views on how gambling affects the borough could help shape future council policy so get involved, click on the link.  Gambling Policy Review

    Wednesday, September 02, 2009

    Did you know?

    Did you know that agendas for all council meetings are available on the council website. Click the link for access.

    Overview and Scrutiny Commission meetings
    Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission
    Shoreditch Neighbourhood Meeting
    Full Council Meeting

    How to Contact Us

    Hoxton Councillors are Clayeon Mckenzie, Philip Glanville and Carole Williams. We can be contacted in a number of ways.

    By email
    By phone
    • At the Town Hall 020 8356 3207
    At one of our surgeries:
    • Cllr Philip Glanville will hold his surgeries on the 3rdWednesday of the month between 6 pm 7 pm at Provost Community Hall Murray Grove, London N1 and 3rd Saturday of the month between 11am and 12pm at The Bell Club on Bowling Green Walk, Pitfield Street
    • Cllr Clayeon McKenzie will hold his surgeries on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm atThe Bell Club on Bowling Green Walk, Pitfield Street

    Or, you can contact us by writing to us at the Town Hall
    By Post:
    London Borough of Hackney
    Town Hall
    Mare Street

    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Do it Online

    Did you know that you can report noise nuisance online here.  You can also request removal of bulky waste here, or the removal of garden waste here.

    It's also possible to report flytipping, graffiti and litter here.

    for a list of all online forms, click here.

    Friday, August 07, 2009

    Murray Grove Post Office Consultation

    The consultation on the reopening of Murray Grove Post Office is coming to a close. If you have yet completed the online questionnaire, you can do so now by clicking here.

    Tuesday, August 04, 2009

    Supporting Thomas Fairchild School after the fire.

    Short update from all of us on the fire.

    “Thomas Fairchild School was at the heart of the community; as local councillors and residents we are committed to seeing it rebuilt and to making sure the necessary temporary arrangements are in place for the start of the autumn term.”

    “Watching the fire last Thursday was a dreadful experience for everyone involved, especially given the many generations of local children who attended the school - as well as the many memories bound up in this wonderful historic building.”

    “We would like to thank the London Fire Brigade for their efforts to save the school and our express our relief that no one was injured. While the school maybe badly damaged its spirit lives on and we are thankful the children’s centre was saved.

    “The community and the school family are now coming together with the Learning Trust and the Council to ensure the future of their school, and they have our full support.”

    Friday, July 31, 2009

    Re-open Murray Grove Post Office

    Residents have previously shown their concerns when Royal Mail proposal to close Murray Grove Post Office. And, Hoxton Councillors have been campaigning for it to be re-opened. The Mayor of Hackney has supported the campaign and, earlier this year announced that he would set aside resources for its reopening.

    But before the project to go any further, Royal Mail want proof that residents really do want the post office to be reopened. That is way Hackney Council is in partnership with Shoreditch Trust asking for views to put together a case that will be presented to Royal Mail. Only when they are satisfied that there is a demand will they give the go ahead for it to be reopened.

    Some residents will have already received a questionnaire asking for views. Others may have been visited by community interviewers. We are asking for as many people as possible to respond to make the strongest possible for Royal Mail to reopen the post office. We are also asking residents to attend the consultation event that will take place at Provost Community Hall on Murray Grove on Tuesday 4 July at 6pm.

    Surveys are available from the following locations
    • Shoreditch Library,
    • Shoreditch Trust shop in Hoxton Street; or
    • Murray’s Chemist in Murray Grove
    • Businesses:
    • online (click here to complete)
    For more informationCall Ben Smith on: 020 7033 8521; or email:ben@shoreditchtrust.org.uk

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    "Backing Young Britain" Launched in Hackney

    Hoxton was chosen for the place to launch "Backing Young Britain", a programme which brings together business, public and voluntary sector to create more opportunities for young people. The event was held at the Hoxton Apprentice on Hoxton Square and invited guests included Yvette Cooper MP, John Denham MP, Peter Mandelson and Jim Knight MP as well as the CBI, Dame Kelly Holmes and a host of young people. They include apprentices working at the Hoxton Apprentice, recent university graduates and graduates from the Prince's Trust.

    It was an opportunity for leading members of the media, the CBI, charities and the government to learn how young people want to be supported into work, training and apprenticeships.

    The message from young people was clear. They wanted more access to information, more support in getting a job and training and they did not want to be overlooked during the current economic climate.

    Here are just a few of the comments I heard.

    "We need more accessible support for young people."

    On information about apprenticeships and internships
    "There are quite a few programmes for young poeple to get into work. They just don't know about it."
    On getting experience in economically difficult times.
    "Professionals are dropping back down the ladder into the areas we need to get experience in."
    On getting retail experience
    "There's a lot of stigma attached to young people and some retail shops want CRB checks."
    On applying for an unpaid internship
    "There were 150 applicants for an eight week internship."
    "Internships have become a necessary part of getting a job."

    More information is available on the Backing Young Britain website.

    Friday, April 03, 2009

    London Marathon

    A local Shoreditch resident has been in training to run the London Marathon which will take place in 3 weeks time. He is hoping to raise £1,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, a registered charity. So far he has raised £460 on the Just Giving website so is short a bob or two.

    Why not help him reach his goal and sponsor him here.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    Hoxton Councillors Now on Twitter

    Councillors traditionally keep in contact with local residents through regular public advice surgeries and letters. With the advent of emails, local residents have been able to have almost 24 hour access to councillors - well, as long as we are logged onto our accounts.

    To that list we can now add Facebook, Blogger and Twitter, making us even more accountable to you and Hoxton Councillors have not shied away from any of them. If you are reading this blog post, you have already found us on blogger. Now you can access regular updates here.

    If you are not on Twitter yourself but would still like to follow our posts, we will also be putting up an rss feed in the sidebar of this blog for quick and easy access.

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    changes to parking restrictions

    The council will be holding a consultation meeting on Tuesday 10 March at Provost Community Hall.

    This will be an opportunity for local residents to help determine parking restrictions. Over the past year Ward Councillors have been lobbying the council to ensure that changes do not result in the loss of parking spaces particularly at weekends, when family are more likely to visit. We have lobbied hard to ensure that roads remain safe while giving residents the maximum opportunity to park legally and a minimal costs. We have also lobbied hard to ensure that your voices and your choices are heard.

    In total 200 additional parking spaces will be provided but there will also be a significant loss of spaces. We will continue to fight for more parking but hope that you will add your voice to ours at the upcoming meeting.

    Murray Grove Post Office Victory

    Last night the Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, announced that the London Borough of Hackney will be working with partners to re-open the Murray Grove Post Office as a social enterprise. More news will be posted on this blog as it emerges.

    A big thank you to everyone who joined our campaign and who signed our petition. Victory is ours!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    A Night Less Ordinary

    Even more opportunities for young people! Go to A Night Less Ordinary website for more information

    Wednesday, February 04, 2009

    Council Scrutiny Survey

    If you would like to help shape the council's scrutiny commissions agenda for next year, please take the time to fill out our questionnaire here.

    Hackney Homes Receives Two Stars

    The Audit Commission has awarded Hackney Homes two star rating and so will benefit
    a £225m funding injection to continue the Decent Homes programme and the renewal of windows kitchens and bathrooms in properties across Hoxton. It will continue the extensive programme of the last few years so that even more homes will be improved.

    Year 3 Decent Homes External Works Programme have also been announced. Consultation will shortly begin for estates across Hoxton including:

    1. 1-20 & 41-82 Shaftesbury Court, 121-136 & 157-172 Bracklyn Court
    Wednesday 18 February 3pm - 6.30pm Napier Grove Community Hall

    2. 200-242 Crondall Street, Arden Estate,
    Wednesday 11 February, 4.30pm-7.30pm, Regen Way Community Hall, Regan Way

    3. 1-50 Marshall House, 1-24 Daniel House, 1-20 Kinder House, Cranston Estate
    Tuesday 24 February, 4.00pm - 6.30pm, Carole Young Community Centre, Cranston Estate

    4. 1-12 & 29-52 Micawber Court, Windsor Terrace
    Wednesday 18 February 3pm - 6.30pm Napier Grove Community Hall

    For more information on the Decent Home programme please see the Hackney Homes website.