How to play the regeneration game?

[link news] How to play the regeneration game? Rowan Moore 05.05.09 London has, right now, the chance of a remarkable transformation. Some of the city’s biggest, most troubled, most ugly, most intractable estates, where tens of thousands of people live, could at last be replaced. Plans have been drawn up and decisions made. In some…

Two dead after ‘chemical incident’ at North London hotel

[news link] Two dead after ‘chemical incident’ at North London hotel Chris Smyth Two women were found dead in a North London hotel yesterday in what emergency officials described as a “chemical incident”.Police believe that the women, one in her 30s and one in her 50s, had committed suicide by taking a “noxious substance”, thought…

April update

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 April update – MORE AWARDS! Most improved council Last Wednesday Hackney was recognised as the most improved council at the Local Government Chronicle awards. The work of our local strategic partnership Team Hackney was also highly commended. Beacon Awards A fortnight previously, we had been awarded beacon status in two categories….

New police group to hunt most wanted

[news link] New police group to hunt most wanted nlnews@archant.co.uk 23 April 2009 A NEW unit has been set up to hunt down Islington’s most wanted offenders – and detectives have released pictures of the latest people in their sights. The new police Wanted Offenders Unit was set up this year to investigate cases where…

‘We don’t want slums back’

[news link] Islington Tribune – by PETER GRUNER Published: 3 April 2009 Jeremy Corbyn ‘We don’t want slums back’ MP’s warning at meeting aimed at saving Finsbury Park from falling victim to the recession ISLINGTON North MP Jeremy Corbyn has called for Finsbury Park to fight the recession and save young people from the danger…

Our report to March

Thursday, March 05, 2009 Our report to March Councillors Report for March 09 Budget and council tax 2009/10 The council meeting to set the budget took place last night. As intended, we were able to freeze the Hackney element of the council tax again, for the fourth year in a row. Hackney is the only…

HCA promises more help for regeneration schemes

[news link] HCA promises more help for regeneration schemes 5 March, 2009 The Homes and Communities Agency’s £93 million cash injection is just the start of state efforts to revive stalled regeneration schemes in the capital. London mayor Boris Johnson joined the HCA earlier this week to announce the first wave of action to save…

ESTATE PLAN IN JEOPARDY

[news link] ESTATE PLAN IN JEOPARDY hg.editorial@archant.co.uk 04 March 2009 Serious doubts have been raised about the long-term viability of a £1billion masterplan to transform a crumbling housing estate. Hackney Council has gone cap in hand to the newly-created government body, the Homes & Community Agency (HCA), for a £16million rescue package to kickstart the…

Your councillors’ report

Thursday, February 05, 2009 Your councillors’ report Councillors Report for January 09 Council performance and budget 2009/10 We intend to freeze the Hackney element of the council tax again, for the fourth year in a row. As far as we know, we are the only council in the country to be able to do this….

My secret life: Freema Agyeman, actress, 29

[news link] My secret life: Freema Agyeman, actress, 29 Interview by Charlotte Philby Saturday, 14 February 2009 Paul Rider Agyeman says: “I’m no good at losing. I’ve been playing pool a lot with my boyfriend recently and I’m a bit of a sore loser. I need to work on that.” The flat I grew up…

CALL TO RENOVATE TOWNHOUSES

[news link] CALL TO RENOVATE TOWNHOUSES hg.editorial@archant.co.uk 16 February 2009 Townhouses have fallen into disrepair A charity has called on a squalid stretch of townhouses overlooking Finsbury Park to be restored to its former glory. The Victorian properties in Seven Sisters Road used to be prestigious residences but many have fallen into disrepair. Now FinFuture,…

£135 MILLION HOMES BOOST

[news link] £135 MILLION HOMES BOOST hg.editorial@archant.co.uk 05 February 2009 The body managing the borough’s council homes is finally set to receive the £135 million for improvements its poor performance caused it to lose out on 16 months ago. Hackney Homes, the arms-length organisation set up to manage rents, maintenance and repairs, was awarded a…