Wednesday, 23 February 2011

New licensing applications in Hackney Downs ward

White Hart, 231 Lower Clapton Road

Application for a premises licence to allow supply of alcohol and recorded music from 10:00 to 00:00 Sun to Weds, 10:00 to 01:00 Thurs to Sat, 10:00 to 02:00 Fri to Sun of Bank Holiday weekends, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and up ten occasions per annum and on New Years Eve from 10:00 to 00:00 on January 2nd, live music from 12:00 to 22:00 Sun to Weds, 12:00 to 23:00 Thurs and 12:00 to 00:00 Fri and Sat and late night refreshment from 23:00 to 00:30 Sun to Weds, 23:00 to 01:30 Thurs to Sat, 23:00 to 02:30 Fri to Sun of Bank Holiday weekends, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and up ten occasions per annum and on New Years Eve from 23:00 to 00:30 on January 2nd.

Closing date for representations:18/03/2011 

Rinkle Stores
29 Muir Road
London E5 8JX

Application for a premises licence to allow supply of alcohol from 06:00 to 23:00 daily. 

Closing date for representations: 18/03/2011

Representations must be made in writing, and should be sent to: The Licensing Service, Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, London E8 1DY. Alternatively , you can fax it on 020 8356 4974 or email at Please note that you must send your representation in by the closing date, and you must include your address details.

Monday, 21 February 2011

North East Neighbourhood Committee - agenda

Just had a meeting with colleagues to scope out the agenda for the next Neighbourhood Committee meeting - which is open to any members of the public who want to come along and have their say.

The meeting is on 30th March at 7pm at BSix College.

On the agenda will be:
  • a presentation about the work of the Clapton Arts Trust
  • a discussion with the Hackney Youth Parliament members for our area
  • an update from the local police 
  • a discussion about economic development in Clapton with the Cabinet member responsible for regeneration Guy Nicholson
  • an update on the borough's transport strategy - including on various road/traffic schemes that are being planned in the next three years  
  • and finally I have asked for a senior officer from planning or parks to attend to respond to residents questions about what policies the council has to protect open space - following the proposals around Stormont House school

White Hart pub under new ownership

We have learned that the old White Hart pub on Lower Clapton Road has been purchased by the Antic group  They run a number of pubs including the White Hart on Stoke Newington High Street and have plans to turn it into a community-oriented pub.

You can see more information about their plans on the Yeah Hackney site here

It would be great to see the building turned back into public use and made into a genuine community pub.


Friday, 18 February 2011

£25,000 found for improvements on GABS estate

I made enquiries with officers following the last GABS estate TRA meeting.  Residents believed that the estate had been given funding as part of a section 106 agreement from a neighbouring development - but when I made enquiries officers said the money had gone on various improvements to the highway and footpaths on Clarence Road.

After talking to residents, I wrote back pointing out that the estate's section 106 funds should not have been used for general highways maintenance - but for improvements on the estate itself. 

The good news is that I have now been written to confirming that officers were originally mistaken - and that the £25,000 is still available - which can help fund the security improvements the TRA has been asking for. We will discuss all of this at the next meeting.


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Stormont House School proposals to be re-considered

You may be aware that the Council is currently consulting residents and stakeholders about the redevelopment of Stormont House School on Hackney Downs Park.

You may have received a consultation document setting out a proposal to redevelop the school in the middle of the park where the bowling green is currently positioned.

We believe that this would be an intrusion and an eye-sore, and would limit the open space available for users. Therefore, on the 6th February, we conducted our own consultation with local residents on Queensdown Road and discovered that, while residents are in favour of redeveloping the school, they are overwhelmingly against it being situated in the middle of the park.

With this in mind, we made strong representations to Council officers about our dissatisfaction with the plans, and are pleased to report this proposal has now been withdrawn.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in voicing their concerns about this plan which would clearly have had a terrible effect on the park.

Officers are now working up a different set of options for re-developing the school.  There will be a fresh consultation on these revised options.

We are hopeful that a solution will be found that ensures the school is improved and redeveloped for the benefit of the children while at the same time protecting the open space and integrity of the park.

We have also been discussing with local residents the need to ensure that the open space within the park is protected in the future and will be asking planning officers to address these concerns at the next North East Neighbourhood Committee meeting on 30th March.  We write to you with details nearer the time and also write again when we know more about the new options for the school.

If you would like to discuss this or any other matter with us we would be happy to hear from you. 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Upper Clapton street stall against the cuts

Labour members from Hackney Downs, Springfield, Cazenove and Leabridge wards leafletted in Upper Clapton on Saturday to oppose government cuts to housing benefit, the council's grant, Education Maintenance Allowances and other local services.  We collected a petition calling for an alternative strategy and publicised the national march on 26th March,organised by the TUC.