Friday, 24 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Consultation: Returning housing management to the Council

Hackney Council is consulting on the future of social housing services in Hackney. The Council is asking its secure and introductory tenants and leaseholders to tell it if they support or oppose returning housing management services to Hackney Council from April 2016.

At the moment, a body called Hackney Homes is responsible for managing council homes in Hackney. Hackney's council homes are owned by the Council but they are run separately from Council control, by Hackney Homes. Hackney Homes collects council housing rent, and it repairs and maintains council homes.

Why the Council is Consulting

Hackney Homes was set up in 2006 to manage the improvement of tenants’ homes to meet the “Decent Homes Standard”.

The “Decent Homes Standard” applies to all housing rented from a council or housing association. In 2000, the Labour government announced that all council tenants should live in a decent home. Essentially, this meant that homes should be safe, wind- and weather-tight, warm and have reasonably modern kitchens and bathrooms. Unsurprisingly, most of the improvement to council homes was needed in the most deprived local authority areas, such as Hackney.  

To receive additional funding, councils had to consider a range of options all of which meant transferring management of council homes to another body. That is why, after consultation with residents, Hackney Council created Hackney Homes.

Hackney Homes is due to complete the improvement of Hackney's council homes to the Decent Homes Standard in 2015 and funding for this type of work is no longer dependent on having separate management of council homes, so Hackney Homes is no longer needed. This is one of the reasons why the Council feels it is right to review the existing arrangement.

Before 2006, the Council managed its own housing, providing some services directly and some through a variety of contracts. 

The outcome of the consultation will not affect any works scheduled to take place under the current Decent Homes programme or those identified as part of its successor works programme, the Hackney Investment Programme. The outcome of the consultation will not affect anyone's tenancy or lease with the Council either.

As the Council’s management contract with Hackney Homes is due to end on 31 March 2016, the Council wants to gather council tenants' and leaseholders' views on how their homes should be managed in the future.

Hackney Council and Hackney Homes' board recommend that housing management services return to the Council when the Council’s management contract with Hackney Homes ends.

How to tell the Council what you think about the proposal

Every registered Hackney Homes secure and introductory tenant and leaseholder will have been sent a letter, a questionnaire and a summary document explaining the proposal. It is important for each person who received a letter to reply by returning the questionnaire or taking part on-line.

If you wish to take part on-line, you should have received a code in your letter, allowing you to respond to the Council's on-line survey.  

You can find that survey here:

Make sure you respond by 31 October, when the consultation will end.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Consultation: Hackney Draft Transport Strategy 2014 - 2024

Hackney Council is consulting on the future of transport in the borough for the next ten years with the launch of the Draft Transport Strategy 2014 - 2024.

The transport strategy consists of an overarching document which sets out the Council’s transportation aims, objectives and priorities, and six “daughter” plans that will make up the Hackney Transport Strategy:
  1. Hackney Transport Strategy Overarching Document
  2. Walking Plan
  3. Cycling Plan
  4. Public Transport Plan
  5. Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan
  6. Road Safety Plan (2014-2016)
  7. Sustainable Transport Draft SPD

Why the Council is consulting residents

The big idea is that, by 2024, Hackney’s transport system will be an exemplar for sustainable urban living in London. It will be fair, equitable, safe and responsive to the needs of its residents and businesses, helping to create the highest quality of life standards for a London borough and leading in its approach to tackling the urban transport challenges of the 21st Century.

Hackney’s Draft Transport Strategy contains a number of policies and proposals that seek to continue the borough’s success in achieving high walking rates, the highest cycling rates in London, and securing better public transport options with respect to Crossrail 2, the West Anglia line and improving accessibility in the east of the borough.

The results of this consultation will inform Hackney’s Transport Strategy which is expected to be finalised by spring 2015.

The consultation

As part of the public consultation process, the Council would like your opinions and comments on the draft document. The Council is particularly interested in whether you support the aims, objectives, principles and targets in the Draft Transport Strategy and associated plans, and especially the individual proposals and policies included in the documents.

A hard copy questionnaire and strategy document is available at the Hackney Service Centre and at all libraries around the borough or by phone request to 020 8356 8023.

Alternatively, you can read the strategy documents and complete an on-line questionnaire, giving your views, on the following website: 

All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, 7 November 2014.

More explanation:

As part of the consultation process, officers from the Council's Transport Planning team will be available to discuss the draft Transport Strategy at the following times and venues:

Friday, 17 October, 11am to 1pm – Stoke Newington Library

Friday, 17 October, 2pm to 4pm – Dalston Library

Tuesday, 21 October, 11am to 1pm – Clapton Library

Wednesday, 22 October, 2pm to 4pm – Stamford Hill Library

Thursday, 23 October, 2pm to 4pm – Homerton Library

Friday, 24 October, 11am to 2pm – Hackey Central Library

And finally...

In addition to completing the questionnaire on the draft strategy, you can also log specific issues using this interactive map tool:

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

De Beauvoir Ward Forum - 7pm 15th September, at the Rose Lipman Building

September's Ward Forum will focus on proposals for sustainable transport in De Beauvoir and Hackney. What should be the priorities for transport planning in the borough? How can we make De Beauvoir a great place for cyclists and non-cyclists to travel? 

If you're interested or have ideas for how transport and cycling in particular could be improved then do please join us for what we hope will be a lively discussion. 

Joining us will be:
  • Ben Kennedy, from Hackney Council's transport planning team, who will share proposals for sustainable transport;
  • Representatives from StreetScene, who are responsible for sustainable transport policy and planning across Hackney. 
All those who live and work in De Beauvoir are welcome to attend our ward forums. We would be grateful if you would publicise this event in your community and to any local organisations you are involved with. If you're getting this email and live in Hoxton East, please email to join your Councillors' email list. 

We look forward to seeing you at 7pm on Monday 15th September. 

Laura Bunt and James Peters
De Beauvoir Councillors 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Young Hackney Summer Events 2014

There is a full calendar of events for young people up to age 19 taking place across the borough of Hackney this summer.
Hackney Council's Youth Service has produced a guide to all the events taking place.
There is information on sports, arts and culture, technology and literature along with play schemes and activities taking place in libraries, children's centres and museums.

To download a pdf of the guide go to this link.

The Young Hackney website has a continually updated What's On Guide for news on the latest events.

For reminders about activities and more ideas follow @younghackney and @hackneylabour on Twitter.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Hackney Volpone at the Rose Lipman Building


NYLon Projects in collaboration with The Mill Co Project retell a classic comedy about obsessive greed and a hoax which threatens to spin out of control:

The Hackney Volpone, or The Fox

by Ben Jonson

Directed by Anna Jones

Across one day, three years of deception finally catch up with nobleman Volpone and his faithful servant Mosca, leading to a series of ever more unfortunate events.

First performed in 1605, Ben Jonson’s play is as relevant as it was then with its central theme of how greed and desire still drive us to utter stupidity, selfishness and sin. NYLon Projects’ bold and irreverent production uses a new cut and involved a supporting cast of local people, helping to make the play accessible and immersive to London in 2014.

Tickets available by following this link:

23 July - 9 August 2014
Weds-Sat, 7.30pm;
Sat 2.30pm


The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
N1 5SQ

Monday, 30 June 2014


Local resident and Vice Chair of De Beauvoir Labour Fran Pearson is taking part in the British 10K London Run on Sunday 13th July, start time 9.35.

The run is staged along a route of famous London landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Fran is running for Skyway, a Hackney based charity which works with young 'at risk' people from ages 8 to 25. The charity works in youth clubs, sports centres and parks as well as on the streets of our borough delivering a wide range of activities, all of which are free. The charity's aim is to help young individuals achieve personal goals and realise their potential through positive community action.

To sponsor Fran please visit her fundraising page at Virgin Money Giving or email for information and details on donating.
If you would like to cheer for Fran and the other runners on the day a route map is available here.

Go Fran!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

De Beauvoir Meet Up

The De Beauvoir Association is holding an informal evening for any new residents to our neighbourhood.

If you are a new arrival to De Beauvoir Town and wish to meet some of your neighbours and find out about the local area please feel free to drop by. Long-standing residents are of course more than welcome as well.

The evening is taking place at the De Beauvoir Arms, 113 Southgate road on Monday June the 9th at 19.30. This will be informal event and members of the De Beauvoir Association will be present.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Canalival 2014

An unauthorised party event nicknamed Canalival took place last year in June on the Regents Canal on the eastern border of De Beauvoir.

The unorganised party created anti-social behaviour, litter and noise. The particular stretch where the event took place is home to many species of wildlife including the family of swans whose presence is a source of great pride to many local residents.

After the party goers had left, it took 12 hours for council contractors to clear up the five tonnes of rubbish left behind, which included broken glass and human excrement, from the towpath.

We are of course fully in favour of people enjoying the canal. However Canalival was an unsupervised and dangerous event which prevented everybody taking enjoyment by the waterway for two days.

Rumours have started to circulate on social media this week of another party being held on the canal this weekend. The Canal and River Trust, Hackney Council and Metropolitan Police Hackney have stated that any attempt to re-stage this event will not be tolerated.

Fences will be erected and dedicated Police patrols will be in place to prevent further wilful destruction of a valuable public resource.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

De Beauvoir has two new Labour councillors

We are grateful to the people of De Beauvoir for voting us the newly elected Labour Councillors for our ward.

It is an honour to serve the people of this fast-changing and diverse inner-city area and we will strive to give all of our residents the representation they need and deserve.

Details of our new surgery arrangements will be posted here in the coming days. If you need to contact us now please use the links at the top of this page.

Thank you and see you soon.

Councillor Laura Bunt and Councillor James Peters.