Monday, May 31, 2010

Facebook Page

We have used social media for some time now to tell Hoxton residents about the work that we have been doing both locally and on the council itself.

Now, instead of having a Facebook group which needs to be administered through a personal Facebook account, we have set up a Facebook page which you can join to get all up to date information, links to our blog, news and views.

If you're already on Facebook, why not join here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Controlled Parking Zone F Review

Hackney Parking Services will be reviewing Controlled Parking Zone F which is bounded by the canal, New North Road, Hackney Road, Goldsmiths Row, Teale Street and Pritchard Road. The Zone crosses three wards in Hackney South and Shoreditch, Hoxton, Haggerston and Queensbridge.

The current hours of operation for parking restrictions are:
  • Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6:30pm and
  • Saturday 7:30am - 1:30pm
Parking Services are proposing changes to the number of bays in the zone. There are also proposals install double yellow lines on sections of narrow road to increase access and visibility.

If you own a business or if you live within Zone F, you will have received a consultation pack so that you can feed back your comment and concerns as parking controls will affect you whether you drive or not and it will also affect your visitors.

If you want a say on how traffic should be managed, how road safety is improved, long term commuter parking, even non-essential traffic or even parking space allocation, complete the consultation questionnaire and return it in the envelope that accompanies your questionnaire.

Alternatively, you can complete the questionnaire online.

Two drop in sessions will also be held where you can speak to a member of the parking team. The dates and times are:
  • Monday 7 June 5pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 8 June 5pm - 7pm
Both sessions will be held at St Mary's Community Hall, Kent Street, E2 8NU.

You can also send your comments by email.

If you have not received a questionnaire or know anyone who has not, you can call 020 835 8877 and request one. Alternatively, you can visit the parking service's website.

Council AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the council was held on Wednesday 26 May. It was the first meeting since the elections on 6 May 2010 and was more a time for celebration as well as business.

Hackney Speaker
Sally Mulready, Councillor in Chatham Ward, was unanimously elected as the Speaker of Hackney for the 2010/11 municipal year. Not only will Sally be the 110th first citizen of the borough, she will also preside over meetings of the council. You can read more about Sally here.

Hackney Cabinet Members
The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, also announced his choice of Councillors to work with him on the Cabinet to deliver his manifesto for the next year. They are:

Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor
Clr Feryal Dermici, Neighbourhoods
Cllr Rita Krishna, Children's Services
Cllr Sophie Linden, Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Community Services
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Regeneration and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Hackney Scrutiny Commissions
Scrutiny Commissions were also established and the chairs and vice chairs agreed.

Scrutiny ensures that the executive (made up of the Mayor and his cabinet) and its partners does their jobs and improve the services for the people of Hackney. Scrutiny does this by investigating policy areas and making recommendations to the Mayor and his executive for changes.

The Council agreed the following commissions along with their chairs and vice chairs:

Health in Hackney Scrutiny Commission
Chair - Cllr Luke Akehurst
Vice Chair - Daniel Kemp

Community Safety and Social Inclusion
Chair - Cllr Carole Williams
Vice Chair - Cllr Angus Mulready-Jones

Governance and Resources Scrutiny Commission
Chair - Cllr Rob Chapman

Living in Hackney
Chair - Cllr Phil Glanville
Vice Chair - Cllr Ian Rathbone

Children and Young People
Chair - Cllr Gulay Icoz
Vice Chair - Geoff Taylor

Overview and Scrutiny
Chair - Simche Steinberger
Vice Chair - Cllr Dan Kemp

Each Commission will determine their individual work programme at their first meeting. We will post further information on our blog as these details emerge.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Team Hackney Community Grant

There is still time to submit and application for a Team Hackney's Community Grant before the deadline of 28 May 2010.

Each grant is worth either £1,000-£5,000; £6,000-£15,000 or £16,000-£30,000.

If you run a community group and offer services to vulnerable people, you may be eligible. For more information and to apply for a grant, contact HCVS on 020 7923 1962 or email or download a pack from their website.

Travel for Free on the New East London LIne

The East London Line has been running trains between Dalston and New Cross/New Cross Gate five days a week from 7am to 8pm since 24 May 2010.

From this weekend, the service will run seven days a week from 5:40am to 11:40pm and will run between Dalston and West Croydon/Crystal Palace. To celebrate, London Rail are giving away 10,000 free tickets for the first customers that turn up to any of the 21 stations along the route. All you have to do is to ask a member of the station staff (terms and conditions apply).

If you take a ride, why not upload your pictures of your first ride on twitter using the hashtag #eastlondonline?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hoxton Election Results

We'd like to thank everyone who came out to vote on Thursday 6 May to vote for us to continue representing them as  all Labour councillors.  More of you came than did in previous elections and in record numbers.

We are also proud that you voted to re-elected Jules Pipe as Labour Mayor of Hackney. The result of the mayoral election can be found here.  You also voted to return Meg Hillier as your MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.  Her results are available here

We're honoured by the responsibility and confidence that you have shown in so convincingly re-electing us.  Carole has been returned for a third term and Phil and Clayeon have been returned for a second term. There has been so much progress made since we became councillors for the ward in 2002 and 2006 and there's lots more still to do.

You can see the full results for Hoxton here.

The result for the election of MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch can be found here.