Sunday, 5 February 2012

Cleaning in Seaton Point

We recently held an unannounced inspection of the cleaning at Seaton Point with Hackney Homes officers, following complaints from residents. 

There is now a new cleaner and the morning we visited the standard was very good. Hackney Homes will be putting out a leaflet to ensure that residents have the phone number of the cleaning team in case they encounter further problems.

If there are further problems, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07875 546155.

We are continuing to press for the problems with the roof over the entrance area and concierge office to be fixed and Hackney Homes have assured us they will be soon.

Residents Parking update

Just a quick update on parking issues.  Following the door to door consultation we did last year in Benthal, Jenner and Maury Roads, the council has agreed that it will consult on extending the existing Stoke Newington CPZ to cover parts of Hackney Downs ward.  This will be after April (the next financial year - a time has yet to be confirmed).  The council has also to decide which exact area will be proposed to be covered and consulted on. 

We are currently following this up with officers and will update residents as soon as we know more.  Please just email or phone us if you have any questions.

Clapton Planning Brief proposal

The Council Planning Department will be holding a public consultation on a planning brief covering part of Clapton.  The main focus will be the area boundaried by Lower Clapton Road, Downs Road, Powell Road and Kenninghall Rd (excluding Gooch House).  In other words the area including the old cinema and the White Hart pub. 

This document would set out how the community and the council would like to see that particular area develop in the future, with an eye to indicating to any future developers the kind of things that would be deemed appropriate.  The council will be consulting local community groups and residents in the coming months - including a public meeting in March.

All of this flowed from discussions about local development at the Clapton Conference.  Since then of course there have been lots of developments - including the old cinema becoming a church and the White Hart being turned into a new pub the Clapton Hart. These new planning guidelines would mean however that if these buildings were ever sold in the future, development would have to abide by the planning brief.

The document will also include some aspirations for the wider area beyond that particular site, taking into account community needs in the long term.  When we have a date confrimed for the public meeting we will post it here.

Radio 1 Hackney Weekend

The Radio 1 Hackney Weekend will take place on Hackney Marshes from 23 to 24 June 2012. Headline acts include Leona Lewis, Florence and the Machine, Tinie Tempah and Plan B. It will be the biggest ever free-ticketed event with 100,000 tickets available.

There will be six stages, including the Radio 1 Main Stage, the 1Xtra Arena, Dance Arena and the BBC Introducing Stage. To celebrate local talent, the Introducing Stage will feature events from East London.

For more information on ticketing and the line-up please visit the BBC website here.

50% of tickets will be allocated to Hackney residents so there is a really good chance of getting one!