Sunday, 1 November 2015

Clean Up Clapton Day

Clean Up Clapton Day took place recently, there were recycling stalls, information stands, jet cleaning of pavements and a children's painting competition, entries from pupils of Millfields and Alfalah Primary Schools will be judged by the Speaker, Cllr Sade Etti, who attended the event, visiting each of the stalls. Following recent serious incidents, the event also included a number of anti-knife and anti-gun crime stands with police from Hackney Downs present to provide information and advice.

Community Payback are arranging clearance of overgrown foliage around disused toilets in Upper Clapton and Sporting Hackney, the leading football team in the borough, were present - they are currently seeking to move to a purpose-built ground and expand as a comnmunity club.

Cllr Michael Desmond, Chair of Clean Up Clapton said: "The area is improving, but we still need to make the environment better and deal with occasional criminal behaviour, which affects everyone. It's great to see new people moving here, new restaurants and better facilities. Clapton is really making progress, we have less to Clean Up each year!"

1A Downs Road

On Wednesday 4th November at 6.30pm the planning committee will be taking the application for the proposed residential and employment development at 1A Downs Rd (the petrol garage site).  If you have already submitted a written representation you will be able to speak - but please email the planning officers about this in advance so they know via planning@hackney.gov.uk. The details are pasted below:

Demolition of all existing buildings and structures and the erection of four buildings of between 1 and 15 storeys in height; comprising a minimum of 3,202sqm of business use (Class B1), 517sqm flexible floorspace (Class A1, A3 and B1), 444sqm flexible floorspace (Class D1, D2, B1), a replacement waste facility (Sui Generis) and 79 residential units (Class C3), hard and soft landscaping; servicing facilities; parking; cycle parking; ancillary and enabling works, plant and equipment and associated development. 

Ward forum on Tuesday 3rd November - policing and schools

We have our ward forum on Tuesday 3rd November at 7pm at BSix College. At 7pm the local police will be present to deal with any crime/ASB issues.  I know many people are concerned about the amount of drug dealing in the area and we have brought this to the attention of the police - but please do come along to have your say.  From 8pm we will be discussing the impact and implications of the schools proposals. There will also be time to discuss for any other issues people would like to raise. 

Schools consultation

The Learning Trust has been consulting on its proposals to build a new secondary school on the site of Benthal School, with the proposed relocation of Benthal and Nightingale primary schools to nearby education sites. This is to help meet the mayor's commitments around ensuring that Hackney residents can send their children to local schools in a context of our growing population.

We were very troubled by the short length of time given for responses to this consultation and managed to secure an extension to the consultation period.

We know that many parents are concerned about the impact of the proposals on the existing primary schools - in particular the length of time Benthal may be in temporary accommodation and we are meeting soon with the relevant cabinet member to raise these concerns directly with her.

There will be a meeting at Benthal Primary school with the Learning Trust for all parents about the proposals - this will be on Wednesday 4th November at 6pm. Senior officers from the Learning Trust and the Building Schools for the Future teams will be there to answer questions and listen to people's views.

There is in addition a planning application that is likely to be forthcoming in the next few weeks for the Tiger way schools site, which is likely to be the location for the new Nightingale school. We have not yet received the final planning application but will circulate the details when we have them.