Friday, 5 September 2014

NHS marchers arrive in Clissold Park this Saturday 11.30am

The campaign 999callfornhs marchers have come down from the North East to end their 300 mile march in London on Saturday 6th. The march has had a fantastic reception on its way down. It is highlighting the issue of the NHS - the damage being done to it through continuing privatization and funding cuts. 

They reach Hackney arriving at Clissold park at about 11:30. Hackney Keep Our NHS Public are joining with  Save our Surgeries, Unite the union and others in appealing for as many people as possible to be at the park (Church Street entry) to welcome the marchers into Hackney.

Stoke Newington Common Fun Day Sunday 14th Sept 2-5pm

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hackney Downs Community event this Saturday

The Hackney Downs Safer Neighbourhoods Team have organised a community event in Hackney Downs park this Saturday 2nd August 1pm-4pm.

A number of local organisations will be there to offer advice and take up issues including: the police (with police horses and dogs), London Fire Brigade, St Johns Ambulance, Dogs Trust, Cycle Surgery, Hackney Homes, Victim Support, BMX track and more.  There will be live music too. Please pop by!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Free Pop-Up legal advice Clapton Library Fri 20th June 10.30am-1pm

On Friday 20th June 2014 between 10.30am and 1pm, Hackney Community Law Centre will be delivering a free Pop-Up legal advice session (as part of Adult Learners’ Weekat Clapton Library, Northwold Rd, London E5 8RN.  If you or someone you know has a legal problem they need help with then please pop in.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Advice surgeries

Just to confirm we will be continuing with the same pattern of councillor's surgeries as before the election - please do come along if there is anything we can help with!

Cllr Michael Desmond

Date: 1st Sunday each month Start: 11.00am End: 12.00pm Venue: Nightingale Luncheon Club Address: Nightingale Estate, 19 Olympus Square, London E5 8PL.

Note: Cllr Desmond can also be seen by appointment at Hackney Town Hall, please call 020 8356 3373.

Cllrs Rick Muir & Cllr Anna-Joy Rickard on rotation

Date: 2nd Sunday each month Start: 11.00am End: 12.00pm Venue: Landfield Community Hall Address: Landfield Estate, Stellman Close, London E5 8QN

Date: 4th Sunday each month 11am-1pm we do a doorstep surgery in different streets in the ward.

Please note there are no surgeries in the month of August.

At any other time please feel free to contact us on 07875 546155 or by email:

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Hackney Downs Election Result 22nd May 2014

We are so grateful to everyone who supported us on Thursday and put their faith in us!  THANK YOU!  It is an honour to have been elected to serve our community. Now on with the hard work!

Hackney Downs Ward

Eligible voters: 9,341
Turnout: 39.84%
Michael Desmond (elected)Labour Party2,115
Anna-Joy Rickard (elected)Labour Party2,100
Rick Muir (elected)Labour Party2,020
Alexander BrownGreen Party843
Stuart CogginsGreen Party834
Andrew GuiseGreen Party719
Teena LashmoreLiberal Democrats342
Mohammed SadiqLiberal Democrats293
Malcolm GarryLiberal Democrats249
Duncan GrayConservative Party214
Amy GrayConservative Party214
Izabel LeoszConservative Party149

Friday, 25 April 2014

New pedestrian crossings on Evering and Northwold Rds

We have been working closely with the head at Northwold school on road safety issues for the last few years and got the 20mph limit extended, and new signage put up on Northwold Rd.  The council has now agreed plans with TfL to put in a pedestrian crossing where the lollipop lady currently stands, by the junction with Geldeston Rd.

Similarly, we have been working with parents at Benthal School to improve safety, including getting some new markings done and more enforcement of illegal parking outside the school.  We now have agreement for a pedestrian crossing across Evering Road, near the junction with Maury Rd, to improve safety during the school run.

Detailed plans will go out for consultation over the summer, particularly to properties in the near vicinity.

I held a walkabout on the wider traffic issues in the area with officers and residents this morning and will update the blog over the weekend.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund

Do you work with young people aged 8 – 19* who have an idea for a project/event for other young people?

They could apply to the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund and make their idea a reality!

Hackney YOF will fund sports, arts, culture and media projects, as well as projects that support volunteering and training.

To find out more, or download application forms and funding guidance, visit and click on ‘Get involved’.

  • The deadline for Round 1 applications is 30 April 2014 - for activities that will take place over the summer and in early autumn.
  • The deadline for Round 2 applications is 23 September 2014 - for activities that will take place in autumn and winter.

*or up to age 25 if they have support needs

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Local crime and policing update - March 2014

We had our latest CAP meeting with the Hackney Downs Safer Neighbourhoods Team last night.

After a bit of a spike towards the end of last year, thankfully we have seen a drop off in burglary and vehicle theft in February - although these remain core priorities for the police.  The SNT have been putting out prevention leaflets to offer advice on preventing burglary/car crime. They advised that using smart water is particularly good as a deterrent.

We agreed that we would continue with the following ward priorities: reducing vehicle crime, decreasing supply of drugs and reducing ASB - with a focus in particular areas.  These sit alongside three priorities for the whole North East Hackney area, which are : burglary, theft from motor vehicles and ASB/drugs.

I agreed to take up the state of the road surface on Clarence Road with the council - there are some deep depressions near the junction with Rowhill Road which I went to look at afterwards.

Hackney Downs SNT can be contacted via the links here


Saturday, 22 February 2014

20mph limit to come to Cricketfield Road

We are delighted that the council has announced that in addition to all Hackney's residential streets now being 20mph, the 20mph limit will now be extended to all other roads (such as A roads) in the borough from the end of the year.

For many years residents of Cricketfield Road have been campaigning for a slower speed limit.  We have been pressing the council to implement this, but it had been difficult because the council wanted someway of enforcing the limit other than physical restrictions, such as humps which would have impeded the emergency services.

Now the council has reached an agreement with the Metropolitan police that they will enforce a 20mph limit on our main roads.  

This is great news and means a 20mph limit will be put in place on Cricketfield Road from the end of this year.  We will keep residents up to date on the exact timetable.