Sunday, 1 July 2012

Olympic torch relay event in Hackney Central

D Hackney Central Village Fete 

Town Hall Square, St John’s Churchyard and the Narrow Way

14:00 – 18:00
17:54 Olympic Torch arrives at Hackney Town Hall

Free family entertainment in Town Hall Square with programming from the Hackney Empire and Hackney Picturehouse, local secondary schools and Anna Fiorentini’s Theatre and Film school. Along side this will be Hackney home-made market, cream teas. This event is aimed at local people who want a mellow local celebration. 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Thank you Hackney Central!

Hackney Central residents went to the polls last Thursday (May 3rd) and overwhelmingly supported Labour's candidate Ben Hayhurst.

Ben was elected with 68% of the vote.

The other parties polled:

Green: 15%

Lib Dem: 11%

Conservative: 5%

"Labour ran a positive campaign reminding residents what Labour in Hackney Central had done and what we wanted to achieve in the future", said Ben.

"I am very proud that Hackney Central residents had so much confidence in the Labour Party and look forward to working on behalf of them on Hackney Council", continued Ben

Friday, 6 April 2012

A warm welcome for Ken from Hackney Central

On Thursday evening Hackney Central Labour joined Ken4London for a great campaigning session.

In just an hour Ken, GLA candidate Jennette Arnold, MP Diane Abbott and 30 local Labour party members talked to over a hundred residents either on their doorstep or in the Narroway.

"It was a great atmosphere in Hackney Central last night" said local by-election candidate Ben Hayhurst. "Residents really enjoyed meeting Ken and hearing his plans for fairer London", Ben continued."

I'd like to thank Ken for coming to Hackney Central to support Hackney Labour in our by-election.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Hackney Central residents visit CCTV centre

Following on from an earlier meeting with residents to discuss their concerns regarding anti social behaviour, residents and Cllr Vincent Stops visited the Stoke Newington CCTV control room in Stoke Newington. The purpose of the visit was to see the facility and hear how the new community safety wardens and the CCTV team together were tackling anti social behaviour on the estate.

"Seeing the facility was a real eye opener said Cllr Vincent Stops. I was amazed at how clear the images were and the reach and extent of Hackney's CCTV."

"Hearing from the wardens about their first month's patrolling was also fascinating. Their approach is to be non-confrontational, but also determined to reassure residents and tackle anti-social behaviour continued Cllr Stops"

Monday, 13 February 2012

Personal Statement from Cllr Alan Laing

"It is with sadness that I will be resigning next month as a councillor for Hackney Central Ward. Since first being elected to represent my ward in 2002, the council, the ward and the borough have transformed in ways that few of us would have predicted. With new schools, youth facilities, better and cleaner streets and crime falling year on year - we have achieved much of what we promised to do back in 2002.

"I have, however, wished to return to Scotland for some time and the company I work for agreed to me opening a Scotland office last year, which will mean I spend increasing amounts of my time there. As my work outside London increases it means that I cannot remain a councillor until the end of my term in 2014. I know that my colleagues will select a suitably able candidate to continue to work alongside Samantha and Vincent.

"I would like to pay particular thanks to my local party and fellow councillors who have been a tremendous support over the years and I wish them and Hackney all the best for the future. I will also take a keen interest in the borough and I look forward to seeing the transformation as it continues in the years to come."

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Moving the boundaries of Hackney South

The government announced that it was seeking to reduce the number of MPs representing constituencies in the UK from 650 to 600 and as a result, the Electoral Commission yesterday published its proposals for achieving this reduction.

Whilst our ward will remain in a newly named "Hackney South" constituency, there are some changes, with Clissold, Stoke Newington Central and Dalston wards coming into our constituency. Three of the existing Hackney SOuth & Shoreditch wards will move into a new "Hackney North" constituency: Chatham (right next door to us), Kings Park and Wick wards to the east going into Diane Abbott's constituency.

Although this is a technical change which won't bring any noticable change to our ward, it's important that if you have any comments, you let the Electoral Commission know.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

We Love Hackney Weekend - this Saturday & Sunday!

This weekend sees a series of events across the borough to celebrate all that is good about the borough and bring lots of different people from across our community together to meet, talk and generally have a good time.

Hackney Central has lots of different activites on - from St Augustine's Tower being open as part of Open House London, to performances from Hackney Children's Theatre outside Marks & Spencer.

There's lots to do and it's guaranteed to be lots of fun!

For all the information, please see this site here.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Current planning applications

There are three present planning applications relating to our ward:

Application Number: 2011/2334
Applicant: Mr Kenneth Farnon

117 Wilton Way, London, E8 1BH

Development Case Officer: Gillian Nicks

Submission of details pursuant to condition 13 (Noise Assessment) of planning application reference 2009/2673, dated 21/04/2010

Application Number: 2011/1187
Applicant: Mrs Adele Walker

401 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY

Installation of new shop front and roller shutter.

Application Number: 2011/2201
Applicant: Mr John McCarthy

Ward Hall Court, 2 Navarino Grove, London E8 1AH

Description: Rear dormer roof extension to provide two additional bedrooms, shower room and
storage cupboards

Friday, 9 September 2011

The Health of our area

Hackney Central, like all the different wards in Hackney are in the top 10% of the most deprived areas in the country.

The East London and City NHS have produced new reports that look at the breakdown of important health statistics for Hackney and the findings make for some challenging reading and shows how much more work there is to do in our own community to improve people's life chances and basic health.


  • We have just under 11,000 people living in our ward

  • Almost 1 in 5 of our residents are under 15 and 70% are of working age

  • 7% of our neighbours provide regular unpaid caring for friends or relatives - just under 200 people are spending 50 hours or more a week caring for people

  • Almost 6 out of 10 of us live in council or housing association properties

  • 17% of our working age residents are on job seekers allowance or incapacity benefit

  • We have the second lowest level of life expectancy for women in the borough (just under 79 years) and the lowest life expectancy for men (just under 73 years old)

  • We have lower levels of childhood obesity than the borough average, but still a staggering 1 in 5 children are obese

  • Teenage pregnancy remains a substantial issue, with just under 9% of young women between 15 % 17 becoming pregnant

  • 35 of our neighbours with disabilities receive support from the council to live independently at home

  • Cardiovascular health (heart disease) is a problem with our death rate at about 80% higher than the English average and cancer deaths 36% higher than the English average (the highest in the borough)

The readings make for some worrying reading and shows the sort of challenges that still face the council - now that it has taken over responsibility for public health - and for our local NHS.

With all the excitement about the Olympics, it is often all too easy to forget about the underlying problems that many of our community face and good health is clearly one of them. Whilst smoking rates and teenage pregnancy rates have fallen - the money to deliver these services has been cut by the government - forgetting that even in one of the wealthiest cities in the world, some of our own are in desperate need of help and support.