Thursday, 29 December 2011

Campaigning against fare increases at Rectory Road station 3rd Jan

Join Hackney Downs Labour members on 3rd January - we will be meeting at 7.30am at Rectory Road station to campaign against Boris' increased travel fares. Ken has pledged to cut fares by 7% if elected Mayor.  Do join us to help hand out leaflets and discuss these issues with commuters.

Watch Ken's Fare Deal video here:

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Gooch House update

Following the last Gooch House TRA meeting I have taken up a number of issues:
  • Licensing are now looking at late night activities at 237 Lower Clapton Road which has caused a distubrance to Gooch House residents.
  • The concierge staff have been asked to limit times when they are absent and to ensure the inner communal door is shut
  • The council still intends to convert the now vacant bedsits and neighbouring Hackney Homes tenanted one bedroom flats into larger family sized accomodation. Additional funding is being sought to carry out a pilot conversion later this financial year or early in the next when voids become available.The intention is to do work on a new heating system and the bedsit conversions at the same time as part of a single package of work. The council is awaiting confirmation of future Decent Homes funding for 2013/14 and 2014/15 and will then be able to confirm dates for the work, which will not be until 2013 at the earliest.

CCTV on Della Path

On our recent roving surgery on Nightingale Estate residents of Della Path raised with us a number of recent break ins.  We have now secured the agreement of Hackney Homes to install a CCTV camera on Della Path to deter further crime.

Save our station staff

We've been working with other local community groups in Hackney on a campaign to defend Hackney's train station staff. Lots of residents in our ward use Rectory Road and Clapton stations - both of which are under threat. We are very concerned about passenger safety if the stations are unstaffed, particularly as there have been incidents in the evenings in the past.

Rick and Alex leafleted outside Rectory Road station this morning to raise awareness of the cuts.

There is a meeting on Monday 12th December at 6.30pm at the Old Fire Station on Leswin Road.

Jennette Arnold, the Labour Assembly Member for our area on the Greater London Assembly, speakers from the TSSA rail union, the Green Party and Hackney Disability Backup will be there as we discuss how to continue campaigning and raising awareness of this issue. A spokesperson from Abellio, the train operator taking over from National Express in the New Year, has been invited to speak.

All the details from Together for Transport below:

A community coalition is launching a campaign to defend Hackney’s train station staff after government proposals to cut ticket office staff were exposed. The McNulty report recommends that smaller stations across the country lose their ticket office staff. In Hackney, this would mean cuts to all ticket office staff at Hackney Wick, Homerton, Rectory Road, Stamford Hill and Stoke Newington stations. Ticket office staff would be cut at Hackney Central, Dalston Kingsland and Clapton. Community activists believe that without staff, Hackney’s train stations will become dangerous, unwelcome and inaccessible places.

A spokesperson for Together for Transport, a founding member of the community coalition, said: ‘Everyone in Hackney who uses the trains and Overground will be dismayed to hear talk of unstaffed train stations. We don’t want to go back to the bad old days of unreliable trains and dangerous train stations. This public meeting will be a chance to show how bad this move would be for Hackney, and plan a community response.’’

more information here:

Anybody wishing to attend the meeting or find out more information should email