Thursday, 27 October 2011

North East Neighbourhood Committee Meeting 31st October Webb Estate 7.00pm

The next Meeting of the North East Neighbourhood Committee will be Monday 31st October 2011 in the Webb Estate Tenants Hall from 7.00pm.
This is your chance to question all your councillors from the North East Wards (Cazenove, Hackney Downs, Leabridge, New River and Springfield).
This is the first time the committee has met since the summer and the agenda includes a report on the civil unrest of the summer and a report on the new transport plan. Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe will also be present to answer questions from residents.
A full agenda and supporting documents can be found here.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

After the Riots Where do we go now? Public Meeting on 21st September

In a packed room in Stamford Hill Library on 21st September local residents discussed the causes and consequences of the August Riots with a panel of speakers including Diane Abbott MP, Cllr Ian Rathbone, Fr Rob Wickham from St Johns Church Hackney and local lawyer Sarah McSherry .

The meeting had been organised by Springfield , Cazenove and New River Branch Labour Parties and was chaired by Martin Dockrell the Chair of Springfield Labour Party.

The panel and audience discussed the myriad and complex causes of the riots and the positive response the next day by the local community who were quick to organise events such as the Clean-up Campaign and Clarence Road Tea Party .

Diane Abbott discusses these issues in more detail on her web-site.

The North-East Neighbourhood Committee will discuss the riots in more detail at the next Meeting on 31st October.

I will be taking part in an examination of issues surrounding the riots as part of the work programme of the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission.

Some Facts about the riots are summarised below.

Incidents in Hackney

· 6th/7th August - Saturday night/Sunday morning: As noted above, the first incidents in Hackney took place in Dalston; there were a few incidents of theft/looting and attempted theft, with some damage to 5 chain stores in and around Kingsland Shopping Centre. 12 arrests were made.
· Monday 8th August: The main disturbances in Hackney took place on Monday, 8th August. They were focussed in Hackney Central and Hackney Downs. No buildings were burnt, although around 16 shops and businesses (8 locally owned) were broken into or suffered direct damage, and around 24 cars were torched. A single decker bus was also attacked and set on fire in Shacklewell Lane. Further arrests were made (52 in total, over the two days).
· Tuesday 9th August: There were no disturbances, bar one burglary.

The police are still assessing extensive CCTV footage of the disturbances, which will provide a fuller picture of the number and scale of incidents around the borough.

Overview of arrests (as at 6th September)

Over 2,000 arrests have now been made in connection with the disturbances across London, and over 1,100 people have been charged. Approximately 25% of the arrests and charges have been for juveniles, and 75% for adults.

In Hackney, 167 people have been arrested for offences in the borough since 8th August Of that total, 41 were bailed for further enquires, 112 were charged, and no further actions were taken on 14 (although some have since been re-arrested with CCTV evidence).

The age breakdown of the 167 arrests is as follows:
Under 18: 33
18-25 yrs old: 90
Over 25: 37
7 need clarification on DOB

Proposed Changes to the Parliamentary Constituency of Hackney North

The Boundary Commission has published proposals for re-drawing the boundaries of the Parliamentary Constituencies . These will affect the boundaries of our constituency of Hackney North.

It is proposed the current constituency of Hackney North and Stoke Newington will loose three wards namely Clissold, Stoke Newington Central and Dalston and will gain Kings Park, Chatham and Wick from Hackney South and Seven Sisters from Tottenham.

More about the proposals and the consultation can be found at :
Hackney's secondary schools continue to show an astonishing level of improvement.
This year’s GCSE results for Hackney school students are the best ever and for the first time ever students have achieved results above the national average .
Seventy-five per cent of students secured five good GCSEs, a rise of over 4% on last year.
A total of 58% of Hackney students achieved five good GCSEs which included English and Maths – a rise of almost 3% on last year. This places the borough above both last year’s national and Inner London averages.
Although the final figures have not yet been published it is expected that Key Stage results will show a similar level of improvement

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hackney Council regularly consults local people on important policy area.

Details of current consulations appear below.

Fairer charging for Community Care

Hackney Council is asking for your views on proposals to make changes to how much we charge for care services for older and disabled people. Ends 10/10/2011

Biodiversity Action Plan
Residents are being asked to comment on how Hackney Council proposes to protect and enhance its wildlife over the next six years. Ends 24/10/2011

Springfield Ward Health and Wellbeing profile

The City and Hackney Health and Wellbeing Profile provides a detailed description of the health and wellbeing needs of the local population.
The Health and Wellbeing Profile provides a 'big picture' of local needs, ranging from the social and environmental conditions which shape health and wellbeing through to the specific illnesses and conditions that local people suffer from. The profile is used to improve the way the Council and the NHS commission and deliver services for local people.
A link to the Springfield Health and Well-Being Profile appears below,

Sunday, 18 September 2011

New River
& Cazenove wards

Where do we go now?

Join the local conversation in our community

7pm – 9pm
Portland Avenue N16 6SB

Just turn up if you want to join the local conversation about the riots, why they happened and what needs to be done now.

Hackney has achieved great things over the past ten years and it is vital for our community to remain strong and united after the recent events.

Take the opportunity to share your ideas and your experiences. Your voice counts.

Meet Diane Abbott MP, community leaders, local residents, youth workers, local businesses, parents and teachers. All welcome!

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Advice Surgeries

I hold two surgeries a month.

I can help you with problems that you might be having with local Hackney Council services or more general matters. See the website to see what services Hackney Council is responsible for. I can also help with matters relating to The Learning Trust and Hackney Homes.

My advice surgeries are on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Webb Estate Community Hall on Clapton Common, London E5 9BD; and the 4th Saturday of each month at The Mount Estate Community Hall, Mount Pleasant Lane, London E5.  See the council website for more details.

Contact Your Local Labour Councillor

If you live in Springfield Ward, then you can contact me for advice or assistance. If you are unsure whether you live in Springrield Ward, check your postcode here.

Contact me:

By writing to: Councillor Margaret Gordon, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London, E8 1EA

By calling the Town Hall on 020 8356 3373

By emailing me on

Or you can visit one of my advice surgeries.