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New consultation on Crossrail 2 - Dalston or Hackney Central, not both??

Transport for London is consulting again on Crossrail 2.  They now want to know if we'd prefer to have a Crossrail 2 station at Dalston or Hackney Central.  Apparently it will be cheaper than having stations at both.  The Homerton option has completely gone from the agenda.  Closes 25th July 2014.…

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Added by James Diamond on June 10, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

GENTRIFICATION IN HACKNEY

Hi!  Have you been affected by or noticed changes in your area as a result of gentrification? The increased house prices, the effects on the environment and the changing social nature of Hackney?

My name is Georgie and I'm studying Geography with Economics at Queen Mary, University of London and doing my dissertation this summer on the spatial relationship between gentrification and race in Hackney. I am currently looking for research participants to take part in 45 minute interviews…

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Added by Georgie Parker on June 4, 2014 at 15:43 — No Comments

Elections boost for the green agenda

Congratulations to the Green Party for a strong showing in the elections held in Hackney last week.  The Greens gained second place in the Mayoral, Council and European elections, confirming the growing support for the green agenda.  Greens came second in 17 out of 21 wards showing good support across the borough.  

The  newly elected councillors and mayor will all be aware of the level of support for the green agenda in their wards - let's make sure they act on that in the next four…

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on May 27, 2014 at 11:55 — No Comments

Stokey Sainsbury's in court - we win the first argument

Nick Perry of Stokey Local succeeded in persuading a High Court judge to grant leave for a judicial review (JR) of the Wilmer Place planning deicison. This is the second JR to be granted permission to proceed. It's complicated but there are two challenges (JRs) to two LBH planning decisions to allow Newmark Properties to build a Sainsbury's and block…

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Added by Russell Miller on May 23, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Remember whoever you vote for the government always wins.

Remember whoever you vote for the government always wins.

Which means what is misrepresented to us as 'democracy' is in reality nothing of the sort. Whether the control comes from Capital,…

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Added by Russell Miller on May 18, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Stoke Newington Gyratory

Jules Pipe told the Hackney Cyclists' meeting on Wednesday that TfL have informed him that returning the Stoke Newington Gyratory to 2-way working is on their work plan for 2018.

Was anyone else aware of this?

I'm not sure exactly what it means: will this definitely happen or will it maybe happen depending on funding etc.?

I look forward to more details, but it definitely sounds like good news.

Added by Dave Lukes on May 11, 2014 at 21:46 — No Comments

Don't forget to vote on May 22nd - Local, Mayoral and European Elections day!

On Thursday May 22nd Hackney goes to the polls to vote for 57 local councillors, 1 Hackney Mayor, and 8 London Euro MPs.  This will be your chance to say who you want to run our council and represent you in Europe.   A list of candidates is available …

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Added by Sustainable Hackney on May 8, 2014 at 14:13 — 4 Comments

Down in the meadow at Mabley Green

A lot of you will know about the fly tipping that wrecked the meadow last year. What you may not know is that we are well on track to fixing it. The rubbish is gone and after a bit of gentle lobbying the ruts have mostly been ironed out. We will be sowing meadow seeds on 10 May at 11AM so please come on down and lend a hand.

Sanctuary Housing have kindly supported our application to get the gardening club up and running again this autumn (fun for little ones after…

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Added by Mabley Green Users Group on April 29, 2014 at 17:03 — No Comments

Restart Hackney at Abney - April 2014

For our third Restart Party we joined the fun at Abney Park's well-attended spring fun day on April 12th.  On offer was wood carving, stone carving, music, and stalls from Abney Park Trust, RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Hackney Energy as well as music and dancing.  I was lucky enough to win an RSPB apron  in the raffle!

Abney Park Trust kindly turned the lovely eco classroom over to us, and we enjoyed being surrounded  by wildlife pictures, carved wood, and insect models as we…

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Added by James Diamond on April 29, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

http://hackneyfoodswap.tumblr.com/

A food swap is a seasonally event where people come together to share, exchange andd celebrate homemade, homegrown, or foraged edible goods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. These events are a great way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food community.

Everyone is welcome! You just need…

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Added by Mabel RM on April 26, 2014 at 8:52 — No Comments

Successful Greenprint launch!

Sustainable Hackney's Greenprint launch was a great success. Bringing together a whole raft of community members and the public there was lively discussion at the packed meeting on subjects ranging from food and transport to climate change and green jobs within the borough.
 
Without doubt the consensus was to take the vibrancy and energy from the launch and continue to support platforms where people can take part and be part of sustainable…
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Added by Sustainable Hackney on March 29, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Spring blossoms but State abuse prevents a better future

I had a wonderful day pruning one of Hackney's orchards today. I find it hard to reconcile the beauty of these warm first days of spring, the peach blossom, the bird song, the emerging bees and the bursting hope of a new season, with the insanity and violence that secretly dominates our world.…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 8, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Hackney Sustainable Food Charter - draft ready for comments

Here's a copy of a draft Hackney Sustainable Food Charter, prepared by the new Hackney Food Partnership. Comments and support are welcome now but please also come along to the launch event on 2nd March, at The Russet, Hackney Downs Studios, from 3 to 4.30pm (food market outside from 12 noon to 5pm).  

Through the Hackney Food Charter, we will be focusing on issues such as improving school and care meals,helping good food enterprises to flourish, providing residents with useful tools…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on February 20, 2014 at 0:00 — No Comments

Restart Hackney at the Redmond Centre

We held our second Restart Hackney party at the Redmond Centre on the 1st February 2014.  It was a beautiful day and queues were forming as we prepared to start.  We had the Daily Telegraph and BBC London on hand to report on the event and lots of interest after the Restart Project had been on the BBC earlier that…

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Added by James Diamond on February 17, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Olympic Park - Land Grab for Unaffordable Housing

Olympic Park - Land Grab for Unaffordable Housing

The London Legacy Deveolopment Corporation (the name is descriptive!) wants to steal 0.85ha of the Olympic legacy park to make money for private housing.  Hackney lost 9 ha of green space to the olympics including very biodiverse sites like Arena Field and White Hart Field.  After the £12bn party for the elite the LLDC was created to deliver a lasting legacy for…

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Added by Russell Miller on February 13, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Rare reed beetle found at Stoke Newington Reservoir

Rare reed beetle found at Stoke Newington East Reservoir

The Nationally Scarce reed beetle Demetrias imperialis.  I found this little beauty when collecting reeds to make bee/bug…

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Added by Russell Miller on February 4, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Hackney his awarded the third highest level of New Homes Bonus in the UK

Hackney has been awarded the third highest level of New Homes Bonus in the UK for 2014-15 - £13,141,188. The…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on February 4, 2014 at 10:38 — No Comments

Hackney to gain 6 Overground stations next year

The West Anglia lines are to become part of the Overground network report the Evening Standard and …

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Added by James Diamond on February 4, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Help Made In Hackney raise £12,500

HELP MIH RAISE £12,500

Hello Local Food Lovers!

Made In Hackney needs your help! Today we're launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise £12,500. We'll use the money to deliver more vital cookery courses to local community groups such as young people in care, low income families and people with health problems.

We're offering great rewards for donors! Made In…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on February 3, 2014 at 23:47 — No Comments

Help register Haggerston Pool as a Community Asset

Haggerston Pool supporters are asked to help in registering Haggerston Pool as a Community Asset. The Save Haggerston Pool campaign want to do this first to establish the community's interest in the pool, and second it will help should we apply for grants to start work on the pool.

Your support is needed - Click…

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Added by Michael Calderbank on February 3, 2014 at 0:57 — No Comments

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