Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hackney Homes Newsletter

The latest edition of the Hackney Homes newsletter is now available.  In it, yo can find information on the upcoming Hackney Homes open day; ways to pay bills; how to get involved in the review of the Tenants Levy; what to do if you are affected by antisocial behaviour and more.

You can download the newsletter here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

AudoBoo with Cllr Phil Glanville on Drinking Exclusion Zone

Councillor Philip Glanville has recently recorded an AudioBoo on the outcome of the council's consultation on a borough-wide drinking exclusion zone and what it means for Hoxton.  You can listen in here.


Monday, February 15, 2010

East London Line Update

The new East London Line' Hoxton station, may not be in the ward but, its close geographical proximity will mean that anyone living in the east of the ward will benefit from this new transport link.

There will be three new stations in Hackney, Dalston Junction, Haggerston, Hoxton.

Currently there are daily test runs of trans, the station forecourt has been prepared and planted with trees, the announcment system is being tested and when completed, Hackney south will have direct transport links to north to Highbury and Islington, south to West Croydon and Crystal Palace.

The line is due to open in May and, as we approach that date, we will provide more information.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Local Planning Applications

There are a number of planning applicaitons have been submitted to the local planning authority.

6 storey building to provide 4 residential units comprising 3 x 1 bed flats and 1 x 2 bed flat on Bevenden Street.  The Consultation ends on 26 February 2010.

Conversion of existing single dwelling to create 1 x 3 bed (in basement) and 1 x 5 bed self contained residential units. The Consultation ends on 24 February 2010

Variation of condition 3 (hours of use) attached to planning permission ref: 2009/0513.  Consultation ends on 22 February 2010.

Click the links for details of officers to contact if yo would like to make representations.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Have Your Say: Parking Enforcement

Parking has always been important to Hoxton residents because of its close geographical proximity to the City, the night time economy and transport links.  Councillors are told of concerns about the different parking arrangements that exists between estates and surrounding streets.  We are also aware of the difficulties that family members have when visiting elderly and disabled relatives.

Now you have an opportunity have your say and change parking and enforcement arrangements.  Hackney Council are conducting a review of policies, looking at:

  • Parking permits and vouchers for residents, businesses and visitors
  • How we enforce parking penalties
  • How we prioritise different types of vehicle and motorist
  • What we can do to free up parking space
  • How we manage parking for motorcycles
  • How we consult on controlled parking zones (CPZs)
  • How we match the hours of a CPZ to the local area.
All information is available on the council's consultation website and you can have your say here.

Shoreditch Park to Host English Beach Soccer Tournament

Shoreditch Park will host England Beach Soccer Association 3 day Euro Cup Tournament in 2010.
A full sized beach soccer pitch complete with 1000 tons of sand and 4,000 seats will be in place between 7th and 22nd June.

The fixtures will be scheduled to coincide with a number of England's World Cup fixture and will be broadcast on a 30sq metre big screen.

A number of other programmes will also be scheduled to take place during the same period. There will be grass roots beach soccer programmes including coaching and competitions for all. And the England Beach Soccer Squad will be on hand to give tips and advice.

This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for Shoreditch Park to host a FIFA accredited event and to provide residents with a world class facility over the World Cup.

We will provide you with further detail on the event as we receive them.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

How to Have Your Say on Planning

As councillors we are often contacted by local residents who want to object to a planning applications.
This is a short guide and steps that you might want to take.  For complete information, please see the council website.

Meetings of the Planning Sub-Committee are held in public at Hackney Town Hall.

Planning Committee members will keep and open mind on applications and it is advised that you don't contact them before the meeting.

There is strict guidance for making decisions and they can only be based on:
  • National Planning policy, London Plan 2008, set out by the Greater London Authority
  • 'Saved' Hackney Unitary Development policies
  • Council's policies outlined in the Hackney's emerging Local Development Framework
  • Other 'material considerations' such as the planning history of a site and other development nearby the site
If you want to speak either for or against a particular planning application, can write to the council within 21 days of being notified of the application so your representations can be included in the planning agenda.  Include:
  • The details of how the development will impact you and your community
  • Why you support or object to a planning application
If you make representations or have asked to be notified, you will be informed of the date of the committee meeting relevant to that application.

Plan to arrive at the meeting at least 15 minutes before the start as the agenda can sometimes change.

If you have made written representations, you can also register to speak at the meeting.  Contact the committee officer on 020 8356 3338 or email by 4pm on the working day before the meeting.

If you register to speak, you will be given 5 minutes to get your points across.  If there are other residents who also want to make the same or similar points to you, you will need to divide the five minutes between you or nominate a spokesperson.

You can find further information on how to have your say at a planning sub-committee here, here and here.