Thursday, 30 June 2011

Council brings in new powers over noise nuisance

I thought readers would be interested in new powers for the noise service - and extended hours of operation.  Please see details below:

Introduction of a Fixed Penalty Notice for night noise

The noise service has introduced new powers for managing night noise allowing the team to issue Warning Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices for excessive noise levels during the hours of 11pm and 7am. One warning notice was successfully served and complied with in May 2011. It is hoped that this tool will provide a greater incentive for residents and businesses to comply with an officer’s request in the first instance than the threat of potential prosecution did previously, particularly in regards to instances of one-off parties.

New hours of operation
In response to residents concerns the noise night service has been extended by an extra ten hours per week.
Residents and businesses can now contact the team between:
8am and 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday
8am Thursday to 2am Friday
8am Friday to 5am Saturday
9pm Saturday to 5am Sunday
6.30pm Sunday to 2am Monday.
In addition to the extended hours, over the summer period (May-August) the Council has increased the number of teams investigating night noise nuisance, and will have two additional night-duty officers on call.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Doorstep floods surgery in Upper Clapton

This morning Alex and I visited each of the flood affected houses on Alconbury, Northwold and Norcott Roads.  We spoke to many residents who are trying to get their homes back to normal.

There are a number of issues that residents identified for us to take forward with Thames Water:
  • There is a lack of clarity about the process for the taking and storing of damaged items 
  • We need a clearer explanation of why the water main burst and of what Thames Water have done to make sure it cannot happen again
  • There are concerns over residents who have no insurance and what their position is
  • We need to get claims sorted out quickly so people can get their lives back to normal
We will be taking these issues forward with Thames Water and will write to all affected residents to keep you up dated on progress.

If there is anything further we can do, please telephone 07875 546155.

Rick

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Clapton Festival opens!

Clapton Festival opened in great weather this afternoon!

Diane Abbott MP and Hackney's Speaker Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas opened the festival in Clapton Square just after 2pm.  Children then learned and performed the Clapton Walk - see here for details  

There will be music all day in Clapton Square and reggae tonight at the Round Chapel.  The Clapton Market  offers a vast array of stalls in St Johns church yard all afternoon. 

Well done to all the organisers for making it happen. More details of events for the rest of the weekend are available here.

Upper Clapton floods

As most people will know a major mains burst led to 40 homes being swamped with thousands of gallons of water last week in Upper Clapton.  Thames Water eventually controlled the flood and put many residents up in emergency accommodation.  The damage to property runs into hundreds of thousands of pounds and the havoc caused to residents' lives is immense.  Thames Water loss adjusters have been out taking down details of the damage and we will be working to make sure that any compensation is paid quickly and without delay. 

We will be knocking on doors in Norcott, Northwold and Alconbury Roads next Saturday 18th June to see what more the council and other agencies can do to help in the aftermath.  In the meantime do contact us on 07875 546155 if there is anything we can help with.