Friday, December 21, 2012

Changes to Recycling and Waste Collection Days During the Holidays

Recycling and waste collection days will change during the Christmas holidays. Details can be found on the council website along with all the other changes to Council services during Christmas and New year period (

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hackney Borough Commander to Host Live Webchat

Hackney Borough Commander to host first live webchat to answer questions from the public’s on Wednesday, 28 November at 6.30pm.

The webchat will provide people living and working in Hackney with an opportunity to ask Hackney’s top police officer questions on policing the borough and his vision of the future.

The webchat is part of Matt Horne’s commitment to speak directly with members of the public to find out their views on Hackney Police and how it can further improve.

You will be able to access the webchat on Wednesday 28 November at 6.30pm via the Met Police’s website at: The webchat will also be hosted live by the Hackney Gazette at:

If you can’t make the webchat you can pre-submit questions in advance at: or on Twitter using the hashtag #AskHackneyPolice

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tell Us Your Views on Hackney's Night Life

The Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission is completing a review of how the Council manages the impact of late-night entertainment in the borough.

The ‘night time economy’ in Hackney includes pubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs, and live music venues. Areas like Shoreditch and Dalston have vibrant night lives, and whilst this attracts visitors and business to the area it also causes problems for local residents and pressure on public services.

The Commission is keen to hear the views of local residents as part of this review, as well as those going out in Hackney at night.

An online survey has been set up for residents to share their views to be included in this review. The online survey can be found here.

At the end of this review the Commission’s councillors will make recommendations about how services can be improved, based on the evidence they have heard.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Join the Campaign to Save Kingsland Fire Station

The London Fire Brigade is facing steep cuts due to the government cutting the fire budget by 25%.  That amounts to £29.5 million this year and by a further £35.3 million next year.  In total £65 million.

This is the biggest shake-up to the London Fire Brigade since it was created 146 years ago.

Earlier this month the BBC saw sight of a document that earmarked a total of 17 of the 113 fire stations in London for closure, which would see a loss of 600 jobs.

The stations include Kingsland Road fire station in Hackney along with fire stations in Action, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Knightsbridge, New Cross, Peckham, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminseter, Whitechapel and Woolwich. 

The following figures demonstrate the urgency of calling on the Mayor of London to reconsider plans to close Kingsland fire station:
  • The fire brigade attended around 4,500 incidents in Hackney in the last 12 months – 35% higher than the London borough average of 3,328.
  • The number of incidents is much higher in the south of the borough, surrounding Kingsland station.  471 of the incidents in the borough in the last 12 months were in Haggerston alone.
  • Kingsland fire station attended to 720 incidents across Hackney in the last 12 months, 658 of which were real incidents, and 52 false alarms.  This included 309 actual fires (plus 56 false alarms re fire).
  • Islington fire station, another station at risk of closure, has attended 71 incidents in Hackney in the last 12 months, when a call was received and the nearest Hackney fire station was unavailable.

You can read more about what you can do to join with the Hackney Labour Group to call on the Mayor of London to save Kingsland Fire Station here.

You can:
  • sign our petition online here
  • Download a petition here and collect signatures from your neighbours and friends
  • Join our Facebook group to keep updated on the campaign
  • Download a poster to put in your window

Thursday, July 19, 2012

One Hackney Festival and the Olympic Torch Relay

There are just seven days until the Olympic Games start and there is one more day before the One Hackney festival when Hackney will welcome the Olympic Torch to the borough.

The parade will kick off at 10.30am in Hoxton at Pitfield Street before it heads off up Whitemore Road and Stamford Road to Kingsland Road.

The parade will then continue north to Stoke Newington Road and Stoke Newington High Street before turning left into Stoke Newington Church Street at around 12.30.

The Olympic Torch is then expected to arrive in the borough at 15.50 in Shoreditch.  It will then travel up to Dalston, onto Stoke Newington before going onto Hackney Central, and along Homerton Road, past Mabley Green and Hackney Marshes.

Please remember that buses will be suspended outside Hackney Town Hall as large crowds will be expected there.

Road will also be closed to allow the One Hackney parade and the Olympic Torch to pass through the borough.  The following roads will be closed for the parade from 10.30am:
  • Pitfield Street
  • Whitemore Road
  • De Beauvoir Road
  • Stamford Road
  • A10 Junction with Richmond Road to Stoke Newington Church Street (northbound)
Due to the One Hackeny Parade, the following parking bays will also be suspended from 00.01 until 19.00 on 21 July.
  • Pitfield Street - All bays on the western side on the section between junction with Mintern Street and Hoxton Street. 
  • Whitmore Road - All bays on western side entire length 
  • De Beauvoir Road - All bays on western side from Whitmore Road up to junction with Englefield Road 
  • Stamford Road - All bays on western side between Englefield Road and A10 Kingsland Road. 
  • Stoke Newington Church Street -Parking on Stoke Newington Church Street will be suspended from 9:00 to 17:00 
For further information on the One Hackney Festival, please read FAQs about the festival.

If you were planning to attend the event at Clissold Park, please not that this will not now take place as the event site is waterlogged and has been deemed unsafe. Anyone who booked tickets for this event is being contacted. The Parade will run as planned along the same 2.8 mile route, ending at Stoke Newington.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Travel in Hackney During the London 2012 Games

The London 2012 Games start in less then two weeks and 1 million visitors are expected in London throughout the duration of the Games.

Roads and public transport will be busy across the capital and The Olympic and Paralympic Route Network and Games Lanes will connect venues, accommodation and transport hubs.

Although there will be significant changes will be to Homerton Road and the Eastway, other areas of the borough will also be affected.

There will be a number of road events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and streets will be closed.  Although events will not take place in Hackney, City Road, Old Street and Great Eastern Street will be used as an alternative route for athletes, officials, workers and media when road events take place on the Olympic Route Network.  These will take place on 28 and 29 July and 4,5,7,11 and 12 August.  When the road events are in operation, changes to the roads will include longer parking and stopping restrictions and switching off some pedestrian crossing signals.

The Olympic Route Network will generally be in operation and enforced between 6am and midnight though there will be some changes to times of operation. Transport for London have warned that any vehicles that are driven, load, park or stop illegally on ORN/PRN will be removed and will face £130 Penalty Charge Notice.  I have spoken to transport for London and have been informed that cyclists will also receive PCN if they cycle in the ORN/PRN during times of operation.

For more information on how transport will be affected during the Games, please visit the Get Ahead of the Games website where you can sign up for email alerts at Games time.  You can also follow @GAOTG on Twitter or call 0843 222 1234 for details.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

We Love Hoxton Newsletter - Olympic Special

We have published our latest We Love Hoxton e-newsletter full of news and information on the London 2012 Games.

To find out more about how the Games will affect parking, driving and waste collection services, click here.

You can read previous versions of our e-newsletter here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters direct to you inbox, click here.

Friday, July 06, 2012

One Hackney Festival

Hackney will welcome the Olympic Torch on Saturday 12 July and everyone is invited to take part in the celebrations planned for the day.

There will be a parade starting at 10.30 the junction of Pitfield Street and Whitmore Road.  The parade will travel through along Kingsland Road, before travelling on to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington where the Olympic Torch will be welcomed.

The Torch will pass several hotspots along the One Hackney Festival parade route.

15.54 the Torch arrives in Hackney at Shoreditch High Street
16.02 it will enter Kingsland Road
16.06 the Torch will pass by the Shoreditch Festival
16.20 passes Gillet Square
16.34 Turns into Stoke Newington Church Street
16.47 Torch Moment in Clissold Park
17.54 arrives at Hackney Town Hall
18.20 passes Mabley Green
18.28 leaves Hackney via Eastway

Times have been supplied by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and are approximate.

Shoreditch Festival will be a programme of free live music and entertainment alongside the Regents Canal.  More details are available on the festival website.

For more details on the One Hackney Festival, visit the council website or the One Hackney page on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Waste Collections During London 2012 Games

The times of waste collections will be changed during the London 2012 Games.  Collection days will remain the same throughout the Games but, in order to keep the streets clear, collections will start at 6am.

Residents are being asked to ensure that waste is place outside so crews can clear waste and recycling quickly.

For more information on council services during London 2012, please visit the council website.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hoxton Ward Forum

The new Hoxton Ward forum will meet for the first time on Wednesday 4 July in Arden Community Hall on Arden Estate.

The new forums replace the old neighbourhood committee system focussing on local issues. The agenda will be developed as a partnership between residents and councillors with the aim of improving the local area.

Put the date in your diary and and email our new Hoxton forum email account for further details. (For casework and other matters, continue to use our Hackney email addresses.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Student Housing in Shoreditch

Earlier this year I asked Hackney's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Guy Nicholson about the number of student halls of residence that have been opening in Hoxton as well as across Shoreditch.
Residents have contacted Hoxton Councillors to register their concerns about the impact that a large number of students will have on Hoxton.  In March, Councillor Carole Williams spoke at a planning committee against an application for yet another halls of residence on Corsham Street.

As the planning application sat within the council's own planning guidance, the application was accepted by the Committee.

However, the concerns of residents have been heard and ward Councillors have taken these on board.

You can see the letter from Councillor Nicholson here.  In summary the response states that Hackney's Core Strategy has no specific policy on student housing but that it states Hackney will  seek 'to provide a mix of housing to meet the identified needs of different types of households within the borough'.  The letter also makes reference to the London Plan which requires boroughs to work with the Mayor of London and local communities ensuring that  'strategic and local requirements for student housing meeting a demonstrable need are addressed.'

Officers are currently working on the Development Management Development Plan will will include detailed criteria based policies for the assessment of planning applications that relate to student accommodation.  At the time of writing the letter, that document was due to go to this month's Cabinet meeting scheduled for 25 April.

We will continue to update this blog with more information as it is received.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Ward Forum to Replace Neighbourhood Committee

The Shoreditch Neighbourhood Committee, which cut across, Hoxton, Haggerston, De Beauvoir and Queensbridge wards, held its last meeting on Thursday 19 April and will be replace by 19 new ward forums.

The new ward forums will focus on local issues and improvement plans for the ward will be developed and will provide a starting point for setting the agenda.  These improvement plans will also become the vehicle through which residents and councillors can work together to focus efforts to make a difference in the area.

The date of the first meeting of the new Hoxton ward forum is yet to be announced but full details will be published in Hackney Today, on the Council's website.  We will also use emails to inform residents of the first meeting where appropriate.

Also keep checking our blog and twitter stream for more news.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Get Involved

If you still haven't applied for tickets for the 2012 Olympic Games, there is still time.  Tickets went on sale again on 11 May and will close again today, 17 May.  If you don't manage to submit an application, don't worry, there will be three more rounds before the Games start.  For more information go to the London 2012 website here.

If you're not successful at getting tickets for the Olympic and Paralympics Games, there are still lots of ways that you can get involved as there are still a number of events taking place in Hackney and around London.

Just a few are listed below.  For full details, click the links.
  • To see how Hackney has changed  in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, see the Mapping the Change exhibition at Hackney Museum. 
  • The 5th Field Day celebration will take place at Victoria Park on 2 June.  Find out how you can get tickets on the website here
  • The Shoreditch Fringe will be a seven week festival taking place around Shoreditch between 6 July and 27 August.  Find out more on their website here.
  • See four new films premiering at the Hackney Picturehouse.  The films will be simulcast to 50 cinemas across the UK. For info click here.
  • There will be a range of Big Dance events both in Hackney and across London.  More information is on the Big Dance website here
  • To mark 50 years of Jamaican independence, join the celebration of Jamaican music and culture at Mabley Green on 15 July.
  • The Scipmylo Festival will take place between 27 July and 12 August on Hackney Marshes.  There will be a celebration of music, theatre, comedy and food.  Shows are ticketed by access to the site is free.  See the Scipmylo website for more information.
  • One Hackney Festival will take place on 21 July to welcome the Olympic flame to the borough.  There will be a street parade culminating with an event in Clissold Park with special guests from Rio, Liverpool and Glasgow.  More information is available on the council website
For more information on events taking place in Hackney, visit the Hackney website or email the Olympic unit. You can also download 'Eveyone's Games', the Guide to the 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games.

But most of all, have have fun and enjoy and let Hoxton Councillors know what you'll be up to through out the Games. You can tweet us at @welovehoxton

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Space and Place Shaping Plan for Shoreditch

Hackney council is proposing a plan to shape Shoreditch and they are inviting your views and comments.

The council wants to know what Shoreditch residents, and people who work in Shoreditch, think about the design and character of the area. What should the balance be between the needs of pedestrians, cyclists an vehicles? Should more trees to planted,or should vehicle speed be reduced? What about parking and cycle schemes?

If you have views on a vision for Shoreditch why not have your say?

You can complete the survey online or call 020 8356 3468 for more information.
The deadline for comments is 27 April.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Sainsbury's Granted a Premises Licence

Wednesday, 4th April, 2012, Licensing Sub Committee D took a decision to grant a Premises Licence to Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd at 245 Old Street, EC1V 9EY.

You can see all the details on the council website.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Deadline for Expressions of Interested for Hackney Weekend Catering Concessions is Approaching

Hackney Weekend will take place on 23 and 24 June.

It will be the largest event to ever take place in Hackney, with 50,000 people in attendance. There will also be an all star line-up which include With an all-star line-up, including international superstar Riahnnam, Plan B, Labrinth, Professor Green and Jay-Z.

It will also be a fantistic opportunity for catering businesses in Hackney as Central Catering Services, which has been awarded the tender for the provision of concessions, has reserved 20% of the tenders for Hackney-based businesses.

Local businesses interested in this opportunity can submit an expression of interest from local traders for one of the 10 pitches that are available, with a combined frontage of no more than 76m.

As is usual for a major event like this, all traders will need to satisfy stringent criteria with regard to environmental health and food safety, as well as complying fully with the event specification. Interested parties should visit the council website and complete the correct form, returning it to address detailed.
Click here for more details.

The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday, 4 April.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Greener Hackney

The next Greener Hackney event, will take place between 10:30am and 2pm on 12th May in the Attic at the Hackney Picturehouse.

This will be a chance for green fingered residents to hear what the council and others have been up to on the sustainability front, to meet like minded people and share your thoughts and ideas about how we could better work together to make Hackney a greener place.

Please put the date in your diaries and others know about the event.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Come and Talk to the Met Police Commissioner

If you have questions, comments or concerns that you have about policing in Hoxton, you can now speak directly to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, who will be in Hackney on Monday 28 March.  He will be speaking at Stoke Newington School between 7 and 8pm and Hackney residents are invited to share your views.

Places will be limited and allocated on a first come first served basis so if you would like to go, you will need to arrive in plenty of time.

To get there from Hoxton, take route 141 from New North Road.  Other buses routes from other parts of Hackney include route 393, 476 and 341.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Jobs at the Olympics

There's good news if you are 16 or over and looking for a job at the Olympics. Hackney Council is offering support to all Hackney residents age 16+ to apply for Olympic Games-time jobs. From now until the end of March, Hackney Ways into Work employment advisers will be running job application sessions at Springboard, The Levy Centre, 18 – 24 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD. The centre will be operating 3 days per week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. Hackney residents wishing to book application sessions should call the Ways into Work team on 020 8356 5700 (Olympic Jobs Hotline).

Friday, February 03, 2012

Olympic Legacy for Hackney Residents

Even if you have not been successful at getting tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Hackney residents have already benefited from the Olympics.

At this week's Shoreditch Neighbourhood Committee, residents learned that as well as have a one in four chance of getting tickets for the Hackney Weekend 2012, Hackney Council has also bought 500 tickets for the Olympic Games. These will go to both young and older people in the borough.

Hackney residents over 50 years of age have also benefited from the New Age Games, a free activities programme, offering 20 sports including aerobics, fencing and archery.

Hackney residents have been able to 48 hour priority for number of test events.  More test events will be held so even more residents will be able to see test events in the Olympic park before the London 2012 Games start.  For further information on tickets to test events, read Hackney Today in the coming weeks.

The Olympic Torch will come to Hackney on 21 July and will be celebrated with the One Hackney Festival.  More information will be posted on this blog and on the council website.

Some Hackney residents have successfully applied to work in the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Games.  Vacancies have not yet been filled so see the Hackney website if you would like a London 2012 job.

Further benefits including a new Hackney Park on the edge of the Olympic Park, new changing rooms and an Adidas Zone on Mabley Green as well as new changing rooms on Hackney Marshes.

If you have been successful at applying for tickets, Hoxton Councillors hope that you have an enjoyable time.  Please share you stories and pictures of the London 2012 Games and test events by leaving a comments or tweeting a picture to @welovehoxton.

Radio 1 Hackney Weekend

The Radio 1 Hackney Weekend will take place on Hackney Marshes from 23 to 24 June 2012.  Headline acts include Leone Lewis, Florence and the Machine, Tinie Tempah and Plan B.  It will be the biggest ever free-ticketed event with 100,000 tickets available.

There will be six stages, including the Radio 1 Main Stage, the 1Xtra Arena, Dance Arena and the BBC Introducing Stage.  To celebrate local talent, the Introducing Stage will feature events from East London.

For more information on ticketing and the line-up please visit the BBC website here.

Hackney Weekend will be a great opportunity for  Hackney residents and business.  There will be workshops  at the R1 Academy in Hackney, open DJ sessions, visits from top artists and DJs and 20% of food concessions within the site will go to Hackney businesses.  50%  of tickets will be allocated to Hackney residents so be sure to register online.

To apply for tickets you must be over 16 years old by 23 June 2012.  Once registered online, you can apply for tickets by phone or online using computers at any of the boroughs libraries, youth centres or schools.

If you are interested in becoming a Hackney volunteer visit the Hackney website here.  The closing date for applications is 13 February.

If you are an East London act or if you know an East London act that would like to perform on the Introduction Stage, you can upload your music to the BBC website here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

London Prepares International Diving Event

If you are one of the many people who have been unable to get tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games don't despair.  Tickets for the London Prepares diving event at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park from 20 to 26 February. Full price tickets cost £10-30, £5-15 for young people and seniors.

Tickets are available at Ticket Master.