Thursday, 26 May 2011

Clapton Festival 11-12th June

The very first Clapton festival will be opened by the Speaker of Hackney at 2pm on Saturday June 11 in Clapton Square. Diane Abbott MP will also be present. Please come if you can! The Festival has arisen from The Clapton Conference, initiated by Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group. A lot of work has already gone into the preparations – events include a heritage walk from Clapton Pond to the Square, a community picnic, a classical music concert and various activities for children. The Festival market in St John’s gardens is hoped to be the first of a regular weekly Saturday market there.

The Festival is designed to help boost the local economy and you will see from the programme that a business night is being run on the Thursday evening before the weekend. 

For more details see www.claptonfestival.com.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Hackney Downs CAP meeting - May 2011

We had the Hackney Downs CAP meeting this week at BSix. 

The Safer Neighbourhoods Team is now strengthened with one sergeant, one PC and three PCSOs. The police are hoping to recruit a further PC very soon.

Residents on Monteagle Way have been experiencing a lot of anti-social behaviour in recent months.  Southern Housing have responded by getting a temporary CCTV camera in place.  This has led to a considerable improvement. However this will be moved soon and residents are very concerend that when it does, the situation will deteriorate again.  We have written to Hackney Homes to ask them to co-fund with Southern Housing a permanent CCTV camera to cover Monteagle Way and parts of Muir Rd.  We will update the blog when we know more.

The CAP agreed to retain the current three priorities for the SNT: Clarence Road, Nightingale estate and issues outside BSix.

Monday, 9 May 2011

488 bus coming soon

The new 488 bus route starts on Saturday 4th June.

The new route will travel from the Leabridge roundabout, down Kenninghall Rd, down Rendlesham Road, turn right on Downs Road and then go up Shacklewell Lane to Dalston Junction.

This will significantly improve public transport links in the ward. 

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Monday, 2 May 2011

Clapton Conference

The last meeting of the Clapton Conference took place on 11th April - this time focusing on planning issues.  A senior planning officer from the council attended and answered questions generally about planning policy - and in particular what could be done locally to support regeneration and protect heritage buildings and community amenities.

In particular he reported that the planning department will now be developing a planning brief, in consultation with local groups, around the old cinema site - including the old Palace Pavillion site and the row of shops by the roundabout. Work on this will begin in July and the intention is to set out what the council and local residents' aspirations for this site should be - in particular reflecting the desire to see the old cinema site restored and brought into use as a community facility.  This brief would have weight in the planning process, meaning that it could help invite interest from developers who would help regenerate the site, so long as they could support a community use. This brief will be prepared in consultation with local groups and will go out to a six week consultation with residents.

We will let you know more on this as it develops.

The Clapton Conference meets again on 16th May at 7.30pm at St Johns Ambulance Hall - this time specifically for residents interested in developing social media and communication between local groups.

Residents parking - update

As regular readers of this blog will know, we have been conducting a door to door survey on Jenner, Benthal and Maury Roads about the parking pressures on those streets.

Our survey found that the majority of residents on those roads would like the council to consult on introducing a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).  In the past these three roads have supported a CPZ, although roads further from Rectory Road station and Stoke Newington High Street where there is less commuter parking have been opposed.  On Benthal, Jenner and Maury Roads we were told some extraordinary stories about the conflicts that have arisen as a result of lack of parking space.

Following the survey we have asked officers to look into this question again - including possibly introducing a new CPZ or extending the existing CPZ to those streets most affected.  
We have been informed that the council has been conducting stress surveys outside the existing CPZs.  The analysis of this information will be complete by July 2011.  Once that has been done a decision will be made over whether to consult on introducing a new CPZ or introduce a new one.

If you have views on this - you can participate in a council survey here www.surveymonkey.com/s/new_cpz.  Alternatively, you can write to officers at CPZ Team, 2 Hillman Street, London, E8 1FB, or consultparking@hackney.gov.uk, or can telephone officers on 020 8356 8877.