Monday, 2 March 2015

Kingsland Fire Station Sell Off

De Beauvoir Labour Councillor James Peters joined Meg Hillier MP along with other Hackney Labour Councillors and members in a demonstration at the site of the former Kingsland Fire Station on Saturday 28th February.

Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson forced through his closure plans for the station last year as part of swingeing budget cuts despite massive local opposition and a High Court challenge by Hackney Council in association with other local authorities.

Meg Hillier has now uncovered a secret deal to sell the site for a rumoured £28m.

Meg said 'If it is anywhere near 28 million it must be for a mass of private luxury flats which Boris Johnson has a track record of agreeing to. I would like to see provisions for fire engines to be reinstalled, because once you have lost that capacity it is impossible to put another one back in Hackney.'

Councillor Peters said 'Response times in De Beauvoir have increased since the closure to more than six minutes which could be the difference between life and death for our residents. Boris Johnson has put profit before the safety of the people of De Beauvoir as well as neighbouring wards.'

Meg added 'I would say to any potential purchaser that this is an important community asset which needs to be reinstated and we will not let this matter drop.'

Cllr. James Peters with Meg Hillier MP and Labour Councillors
and members at the Kingsland Fire Station site on Saturday.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Have your say on the proposed Cycle Superhighway Route One

A consultation has opened for public contributions to the proposed 'Cycle Superhighway' Route 1.
This major new cycle route is proposed to run between Tottenham and the City of London passing through Hackney, Haringey and Islington. The aim is to provide safe journeys for cyclists along an 11km north-south route, running along residential streets away from car and bus traffic.
The proposed route passes right through De Beauvoir, a route which many cyclists already take to avoid the heavy traffic of Kingsland Road.

Transport for London would like to hear from anybody with opinions and thoughts on this proposal. The consultation is open now and runs up to the 29th of March.

There are detailed explanations on TfL's website along with maps and photo visuals of how the route might look.

Councillor James Peters said 'Hackney is the number one borough for cycling in London with more residents cycling to work and more people using bikes than cars. De Beauvoir is at the heart of Hackney cycling and it is important that Transport for London know the views of residents.'

To see the full proposal visit the TfL website.
There is a short online survey which should take only a few minutes to complete.
To contact TfL on this or any other consultations email:, or call 0343 222 1234

Monday, 16 February 2015

Build a De Beauvoir Bee Hotel!!!

This coming Saturday the 21st of February, the De Beauvoir Association in cooperation with Urban Bees and others will be holding a 'Bee Hotel Workshop' at St. Peter's Church.

A lot of bee dwellings in the city have disappeared and this workshop aims to teach adults and kids alike how to make a suitable home for our De Beauvoir bees! All equipment and materials are provided.

Details are in the flyer below.

For more information on city bees go to the Urban Bees website or email

Build a bee hotel workshop. 2pm - 5pm at the hall, St Peter's Church, Northchurch Terrace, N1 4DA. Alison Benjamin, author of Bees in the City to give talk at 3.30pm.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Make sure you are registered to vote

The way that everybody registers to vote has changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
This has replaced the old 'household registration' system and means that each individual voter has to register.

Voting is the single most important right in a democratic society and everybody who is entitled to vote should be allowed to register easily.

Registration to vote is now available online. It only takes around five minutes and you will need to input your National Insurance Number if you have one.

If you need assistance with this or any other voter registration issues Hackney Council are running Voter Registration Days in four of the borough's libraries. Staff will be on hand to help people register and answer any questions.

Voter registration days are taking place on Wednesday 28th January and Monday 23rd March from 10.30am to 7pm at Woodberry Down, Shoreditch, Hackney Central and Dalston CLR James libraries.

For more information of Individual electoral Registration (IER) go here.

To register or update your details go to the Government website.

For full details on all ways to register to vote visit the Hackney Council website.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Find yourself in Hackney

Hackney Council can provide great opportunities for aspiring professionals in all areas of business. or call general enquiries on 020 8356 3000.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Ward Forum - Tackling Inequality in Hackney

The De Beauvoir ward forum is taking place on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at 7pm and we would like to invite all residents of De Beauvoir ward (which stretches from the Regent's canal in the south, north to Balls Pond Road and from its eastern edge on Kingsland Road, west to Southgate Road).

We, as Labour councillors, want to hear your views about how we can ensure that everyone in Hackney benefits from the ever-growing prosperity in the borough.

In 2015, your Council is launching "Hackney: A Place for Everyone", a wide-ranging community engagement programme to hear residents’ views on inequality, cohesion, and the way Hackney is changing.

This follows an announcement, by Hackney's mayor, Jules Pipe, when he told the Council in October 2014:

"There can be no doubt that Hackney is a far better place than it was 10 or 15 years ago – cleaner, safer, and more prosperous. It is a better place to live, to work and to raise a family. But that success has brought with it a whole new set of challenges centred on the widening gap between those at either end of our borough’s social spectrum.

We want to create space for people to share their feelings about the way the borough is changing and to tell us how the change is affecting them, in both positive and negative terms.  

We want people to give us their ideas about how we can promote community cohesion, and protect what is best about Hackney."  

The De Beauvoir ward forum on the 13 January, at 7pm, is part of that process, and we hope very much that local residents will be able to join us at the Rose Lipman Centre (on the corner of De Beauvoir Road and Downham Road).

We will be joined by representatives of the Council's Ways into Work job agency, as well as Council officers from the Hackney 100 apprenticeship scheme, as examples of ways in which the Labour-run Council is trying to improve life for the most socially and economically marginalised in Hackney.  But these are just examples of what your Council can do to make Hackney work for everyone in this borough but we want your views and ideas about what else we can do.

An earlier, borough-wide discussion was arranged at Hackney Town Hall in November 2014, with invited expert speakers.  You can see videos from that well-attended event and download the presentations at this site.

Friday, 5 December 2014

The De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair - 13 December 14

The De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair 2014 takes place on Saturday 13th December.
This year there will be 40 stalls offering food, homewares, handmade jewellery, Christmas cards, mulled wine and much more.

Profits from the fair will be donated to help fight against Ebola in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

The Fair takes place on Saturday 13th December from 11to 5pm in the Crypt of St. Peter's Church, Northchurch Terrace and is £1 entrance on the door.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hackney Play Streets!

For more information or to apply for a Play Street Order go to the Hackney Council Website,
or the Hackney Play Association. Or call 020 8356 3000

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Hackney Winter Warmer is back!

The popular Hackney Homes Winter Warmer event returns this December.

This is a day for Hackney Homes residents over the age of 55 to get advice about keeping warm healthy and active over the coming winter months.

Along with energy advisors and health practitioners there will also be computer training. There will also be information on community and social opportunities for Hackney residents.

The Winter Warmer takes place on Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 from 12.30 to 5.30pm in the Assembly Rooms at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.

Places are limited and this event is always well attended, so if you wish to book a place, get in early to avoid missing out.

To book a place at the Hackney Winter Warmer December 2014 call 020 8356 7845, email get, or visit us in Hackney Downs at 1-4 Olympus Square, London, E5 8PL.
Spaces will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

More info on the Hackney Homes website.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hackney Council Public Discussion - Tackling Inequalities. November 24th

For more information go to Hackney Council's site.
Follow the discussion on twitter using #hackneydebate