Saturday, 12 March 2011

Northwold Primary School - road safety walkabout

On Tuesday this week we organised a walkabout with highways officers and the headteacher at Northwold Primary to look at road safety concerns in the area.  At the start of the school day there is very intensive traffic with parents dropping off children at the school and general traffic on Northwold Road. 

With the headteacher we agreed a number of steps that officers would take forward.  These include:
- they will examine whether the bus stop on the Hackney Downs side of Northwold could be moved further away from the school, as buses reduce visibility there for drivers
- they will have 20mph signage displayed on both approaches to the school - if possible we will look into whether neon signage could be put up, joint funded between the council and the school.
- they will erect more prominent school signs so drivers are aware the school is there
- more regular enforcement to stop people parking on double yellows

Concerns have also been raised with us about the road markings and parking restrictions at Benthal Primary School and we have taken these up with officers.  We will update via this blog when we know more.


Saturday, 5 March 2011

Clapton Labour street stall against the cuts

This morning we spoke to residents at the junction of Upper Clapton Road and Mount Pleasant Lane to build support for the TUC march on 26th March.  There was anger among residents about the coalition's programme of cuts which are hitting Hackney hard. 

Friday, 4 March 2011

March for the Alternative - Clapton Labour street stalls on Saturday

We will be holding two street stalls this Saturday - one on Upper Clapton Road and one on Lower Clapton Road by Clapton Pond.  Labour activists will be handing our literature opposing the government's massive cuts to services in Hackney.  We will also be building support for the TUC March for the Alternative later this month. 

We want to get a massive Hackney contingent out on the march on the 26th - details are:

The march will gather on Victoria Embankment and form up between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges from 11am.  It will start moving off around noon, but because of the likely size the last marchers will not be leaving until after two, and possibly later.

Hackney Labour activists will be meeting at 10am at Dalston Junction overground station if you want to go together. 

Palace Pavillion sold

The Palace Pavillion on Lower Clapton Road has been sold.  We don't know who to yet - but it has just been confirmed that it is not Antic who have just bought the neighbouring White Hart pub which they hope to re-open as the Hart of Clapton.

See Yeah Hackney for details.

Obviously our objective is to try to retain this building for community use so we are very keen to find out who has bought it.  The Clapton Arts Trust is trying to find out - watch this space.