Sunday, 26 September 2010

Greater engagement for Hackney Homes tenants

Living in Hackney, the Council Scrunity Commission for housing, is due to start a review of tenant participation, looking at how Hackney Homes engages residents in the decision-making which affects their area.

They particularly want to understand people's perception of these approaches, and where you think improvements can be made.

All tenants should by now have received a letter with a hard copy of the survey- if you would rather complete it electronically there are two versions, one for people who attend TRAs ( and those who don't currently engage in formal consultation events (

We would encourage as many tenants as possible respond as the results of this survey will help inform how Hackney Homes engages with tenants in the future.



Sunday, 19 September 2010

Replacing London's Victorian water mains - an opportunity to find out more...

Thames Water will soon be starting work in the Hackney Downs area to replace the old water mains. In doing so, they plan to reduce leakage and lessen the likelihood of burst mains

They plan to minimise inconvenience by using the latest construction techniques, and replace many pipes without having to dig lengthy trenches.

However, they have said there will be some inevitable disruption for local residents and businesses. In order to understand concerns and, where possible, address these before starting work, they would like to invite you to an informal drop- in.

· Date: Wednesday 29th September 2010
· Time: 4.00pm – 6.30pm
· Location: Downs Park Road, E5. Opp. No. 81

The meeting is about hearing residents views about minimising disruption and attaching water meters (where none are already fitted) to the new supply pipes .

The work is due to start on Monday 25/10/10 and will take approximately 8 months to complete.

If residents have any other immediate concerns please use any of the following:

Customer Relations, Thames Water Utilities Limited, P.O.Box 286, Swindon
SN38 2RA
The Customer Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0845 641 0011. Please quote your address and reference number CAP4 BB 906513 if you call us

If you think this could affect you, we recommend you to attend the meeting on 29th September.


Friday, 17 September 2010

Beckers TRA

I attended my first meeting of the Beckers TRA on 9th September. Members of the committee raised a number of issues which I'm taking forward.

One concerns the bin collections, which are currently very close together in the week, meaning that after the second collection lots of rubbish builds up before the next one. I am going to see if we could change the days.

Residents have also been refused parking permits for the Stoke Newington CPZ despite assurances that they would have access. I have taken this up with the head of parking.

I am also going to see if we can get any more equipment for the play area.

There was a great proposal for a social event on the estate to get everyone together for family photos - excellent stuff.

I am constantly amazed by how much time local people put into their communities - purely to make their neighbourhoods better places to live - its fantastic to see and I'm proud to be a part of it.


Gooch House TRA

On 8th September I attended the Gooch House TRA. Residents raised a number of concerns which I am taking forward with the Council.

In particular I have asked Hackney Homes to examine residents concerns around noise issues, which are a major problem. I have asked for an officer to attend the next meeting to discuss what we can do.

I also briefed everyone on the situation regarding the further planned Decent Homes work regarding the bed sits - and will make sure residents are kept fully up to speed.

Residents were understandably very concerned about the implications of the collapse of Connaught and I have asked for the Council to let the TRA know how it is handling the outstanding work.


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Local Hackney in Bloom winners

Hackney Downs ward did really well in the Hackney in Bloom competition this year. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up!

You can see the results here

From our ward the winners included:

Best Educational Garden in a School Setting

1st place: Stormont House School, Downs Park Road, E5 (see picture)
2nd place: Benthal Primary School, Benthal Road, N16

Best Container Garden

1st place: John Gibson, Della Path, Nightingale Estate, E5

Young and Green Fingered

1st Place: Esther and Isaac Ramsay, Maury Road, N16

Best Food Growing Project

3rd place: Stormont House School, Down Park Road, E5

There will be an awards ceremony for all the winners in October.


Thursday, 2 September 2010


Tunnel Vision, an unusual art installation, created by Hackney based artist Eva Lis, will take place on Hackney Downs Park from 9th until 23rd of September 2010 . The installation is the first public art project ever to take place in the Park.

Through the hole in the fence of the Hackney Downs bowling green a viewer will be lured into a mysterious world of tunnels, corridors and dead-ends.

The exhibition provides fun and entertainment for adults and children alike, art lovers and passers-by and will transform unused space into intriguing world of adventure as well as meditation.

As a special treat, on the opening night Eva Lis, the artist responsible, will talk about the ideas behind the project and answer questions. This will be an interesting and lively evening, with bar, garden and the chance to talk to another artist-in-residence Boa Swindler and view her works in progress.

The exhibition will be open 12-6 pm daily from 9th till 23rd of September 2010.

For more info please go to

I hope you enjoy it