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TfL resume traffic light roadworks at Dalston Junction

2nd December 2020
Transport for London work to modernise traffic lights at the A10 junction with Dalston Lane and Balls Pond Road has resumed this week, and is expected to last until 7 March. Work stopped at the site, which has had temporary traffic lights for much of this year, after the start of the pandemic and has been contributing to delays in the area. While there could be some additional delays until work is completed, the modernised traffic lights are expected to improve traffic flows. Cadent Gas are also currently carrying out work to replace a gas main between Rectory Road and London Fields Lido. This is set to be carried out in phases, with temporary traffic lights and road closures in place to support the work: December 2020 - Roadworks and temporary traffic lights in place on Rectory Road and Amhurst Road January - March 2021 - Sandringham Road will be closed at its junction with Amhurst Road and parts of Greenwood Road north of Graham Road will be closedFebruary - March 2021 - Greenwood Road south of Wilton Way will be closed. All residents and businesses will continue to be able to access properties at all times during the work. Signed diversion routes will be in place for drivers. Cadent Gas is writing to residents and businesses in the area this month.Residents can search for roadworks in their area at: https://hackney.gov.uk/roadworks 

Event to help Hackney rename public spaces named after slave owners

2nd December 2020
Event to help Hackney rename public spaces named after slave ownersHackney Council is inviting residents to share ideas for names for spaces at an online event led by Hackney Museum on 9 December 6pm -7.30pm. The Council have formed a community steering group of local historians, community leaders, councillors and young people who are now researching the names of public spaces in Hackney named after slave owners. The event, Representing African & Caribbean Communities in our Public Place Names, will be an opportunity to meet the community steering group, ask questions and join breakout rooms to crowdsource ideas. It will also be a chance to share stories on Hackney’s Black history which may inspire names to better reflect Hackney’s diversity. The event feeds into the launch of the Hackney Naming Hub - an online platform to crowdsource names to help make the borough’s spaces more inclusive to the people of Hackney. It seeks to address underrepresentation in the public realm and welcomes ideas that acknowledge the achievements of diverse and migrant communities, as well as women, LGBTQI+ communities and people with disabilities. Following recommendations from the community steering group, the Council has already agreed to rename Cassland Road Gardens, named after slave owner Sir John Cass. Residents will be invited to take part in a consultation to agree on a new name early next year. Ideas shared via the Hackney Naming Hub and at this event could be considered as part of this.Ngoma Bishop - Steering Group Member said: “We’re happy to be working with Hackney Council to ensure that residents and people working or studying in the borough are involved in all aspects of the process and not only consulted but instrumental in the selection of alternative names for our borough”.  Notes for editors: The online event, Representing African & Caribbean communities in our public place names, will be held Wednesday 9 December 6pm - 7.30pm. Tickets are free. Book now.New to attending virtual events? Check out these resources to help you get started on Zoom and much more: https://hackney.gov.uk/digital-skills/#ZoomVisit Hackney’s Naming Hub at hackneynaminghub.commonplace.is Suggestions can also be submitted over the telephone by calling 020 8356 4501or sent via email to NamingHub@hackney.gov.uk Hackney’s Naming Hub press release More details on Hackney Council’s review into the naming of local landmarks, buildings and public spaces can be read here. More details on Hackney Council’s Black Lives Matter Motion can be read here. The previous press release on the renaming of Cassland Road Gardens can be read here. 
Tier 2 restrictions come into place today
The national lockdown comes to an end today (2 December) and Hackney is going back to Tier-2 with the rest of London. Cases of coronavirus are still high in Hackney, residents are urged to remain cautious and keep following HANDS, FACE, SPACE.      New guidelines that have come into effect today mean some businesses can now reopen, but there are still some restrictions in place. London risks going into stricter Tier-3 restrictions if people do not follow the rules. We also risk continuing to spread the infection and possibly harming others, if we don’t stick to the guidelines. As the economy can now reopen, residents are being encouraged to shop local and support Hackney businesses in the run up to Christmas. Businesses have been working hard to make sure their premises are covid safe. People can support this effort by making sure to wear a face covering when indoors, keeping 2m away from other people and planning ahead to avoid busier times at shops. There is information on our business support pages on what the new Tier-2 restrictions mean for businesses. The Council are also hosting a virtual business forum on 10 December at 6pm. If businesses want to register for this, they can email businesses@hackney.gov.uk. While the Council has no powers to enforce social distancing restrictions, it has been working closely with businesses to advise on social distancing guidance and trading safely and legally, to support them to reopen. As a result of the Government’s new tier system, the Council can now issue improvement notices to businesses that do not comply with Covid-secure regulations. What the new rules meanMeeting others remains restrictedYou must not meet or mix with anyone you do not live with in any indoor setting unless they are in your support bubble. This applies both at a home and in any indoor public place, such as places of worship, pubs and restaurants. Children cannot meet people from their school bubble outside of school.You must not meet in a group of more than six people outside (the rule of six) and if you do meet, you must remain 2m away from those not in your household.There are some exemptions on the Tier 2 rules for meeting others, for example, to provide care for someone vulnerable. Remember these Tier 2 rules don’t apply if you need to escape from injury or harm. Full list of exemptions.Many businesses and venues can reopenAll non-essential retail can open. Remember you must wear a face covering in shops unless you have an exemption.Gyms, leisure centres, sports facilities can open. Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can resume.Hairdressers, barbers, and beauty services can open. Restaurants and cafes can open. Pubs and bars can also open, but only if they are operating as restaurants with table service. All hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. All hospitality venues must stop taking orders by 10pm and close by 11pm. Deliveries and takeaways can continue until later. Cinemas, museums, theatres and other entertainment venues can open, but they must close at 11pm. You can attend both indoor and outdoor events, like performances and shows, and watch spectator sport. Capacity will continue to be limited. If you have concerns that a business or venue is not complying with social distancing guidance, you can email covidresponseteam@hackney.gov.uk and the Council’s enforcement and licensing team will investigate.Work and travelYou should continue working from home if you can. You can travel to venues or amenities which are open, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible. You should continue to walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead to avoid busy times and routes. If you travel from a Tier 2 area to a Tier 1 area you must continue to follow the London Tier 2 rules. You should avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas.Places of worship and community settingsCommunal worship can now begin again, but you still cannot mix with anyone outside your own household (or support bubble) in a place of worship. You should wear a face covering when indoors, unless you are exempt. Public buildings like libraries and community centres can be fully open, but you still cannot meet socially with other households in these venues. Weddings and funerals can take place. 15 people can attend a wedding ceremony and 30 people can attend a funeral service. NHS services, including GP services and dentists remain openIf you are unwell or need medical help, use the NHS 111 online service - 111.nhs.uk, or call 111 if you can’t get help online. If you’re advised to go to hospital, you should go.You are required to wear a face mask/covering when attending NHS services, such as your GP practice or hospital appointmentWays to keep safeKeep a safe distance from others. Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with as much as possible.Wherever you cannot keep a safe distance from others wear a face covering. It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport and in shops. Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser when you are out. When meeting people you don’t live with, you must do so outdoors . Make sure indoor venues have good ventilation; open windows and doors when you can to allow fresh air to circulate. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (high fever, continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) then self-isolate immediately and request a test as soon as you can using the details below. If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You should therefore be especially careful to follow the London Tier 2 rules and to minimise your contact with others. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, then the Government is no longer advising you to work from home and to stay at home as much as possible. However, their advice is still that you should limit the amount of contact you have with other people as much as possible and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in places where it’s difficult to maintain a good 2m distance from others. The Government is in the process of writing to everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable with more detailed advice.Read the full government guidance pages.Coronavirus testing sites in HackneyDalston, Bentley Road Car Park, N1 4BZ (open 7 days a week 8am-8pm)Hackney Central, Mare Street, E9 6ND (open 7 days a week 8am-8pm)Stamford Hill, Sandford Court, Bethune Road, N16 5BB (open 7 days a week 8am-8pm)Stamford Hill, Yesodey Hatorah School, Egerton Rd, N16 6UBHomerton, Hackney Marshes Centre, E9 5PFThere are also 2 testing centres nearby that residents can also use:Stamford Hill Primary Nursery Berkeley Rd, Haringey N15 6HD (7 days 8am-8pm)Guildhall Yard, City of London, EC2V 5AA (7 days 8am-8pm)To book an appointment at these sites call 119, book via the COVID-19 app or go to nhs.uk/coronavirus. Support for businessesThe Council is working closely with local businesses to support them to reopen, and has been visiting them at each stage of this crisis to advise on social distancing guidance.It is supporting businesses by relaying regular updates on Government guidance through the Hackney Business Network and supporting pubs and bars to register as food businesses. The Council is rolling out £12 million of further coronavirus business grants to help businesses affected by local and national restrictions. While the Council has no powers to enforce social distancing restrictions, it has been working closely with businesses to advise them on trading safely and legally during the pandemic. As a result of the Government’s new tier system, the Council can now issue improvement notices to businesses that do not comply with Covid-secure regulations. The Council will be running a virtual forum for businesses on the new restrictions on 10 December 6pm, including a presentation from Public Health, Environmental Health and the Police. There will also be a Q&A. Sign up by emailing business@hackney.gov.uk. Businesses can access guidance at: hackney.gov.uk/support-for-business
2nd December 2020
Hackney marks World AIDS Day
This World AIDS Day, Hackney Council is urging everyone in the borough to unite together in support of the fight against HIV and HIV-related stigma.The landscape for people living with HIV in England is dramatically different now to what it has been in the past. In both Hackney and the City, the rate of those with diagnosed HIV has been steadily declining since 2014. Recent data from Public Health England has shown that cases of HIV in the UK are decreasing each year; in 2019 there was a 10% drop in new diagnoses from 2018 and a 34% drop compared to 2014. But there are still over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and of these, around 6,600 are undiagnosed so do not know they are HIV positive. 42% of those diagnosed in 2019 were diagnosed late. Advances in the detection and treatment of HIV over the decades mean that individuals living with HIV taking the proper treatment to suppress the viral load in their blood, are unable to pass on the virus to others, including sexual partners. This is known as “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable”, “U=U” a campaign. Despite this, misinformation and stigma surrounding HIV, and what it means to be living with HIV, persists.The stigma that affects people living with HIV stops others from getting tested. The more people who test and get access to effective treatment in a timely manner, the fewer HIV transmissions will happen.There are a wide range of support services available to local residents around HIV prevention, testing and treatment. For example, residents with mild or no symptoms can access free home kits to test for HIV and other STIs through the Sexual Health London portal or by contacting Positive East. Positive East also provides holistic health and wellbeing support to people with a positive HIV diagnosis.PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) - a treatment taken by people without HIV to prevent the risk of them contracting HIV - is now fully available across England and can be accessed through local sexual health clinics.A full list of support services available around HIV and sexual and reproductive health more generally can be found on the Hackney website. These services are still available and are being delivered with the safety of service users and staff as a priority during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Hackney residents can access online HIV and STI self-testing, as well as advice, peer support and counselling for people living HIV, through Positive East by telephone 020 7791 2855 or email talktome@positiveeast.org.uk (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm).For children, young people and families affected by HIV, Body & Soul offers an array of free support, including peer support groups, one-to-one counselling, information and advocacy on a range of issues, including welfare, human rights and immigration. To find out more, please call 020 7923 6880 or email the team.Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as other sexual health services, can be accessed through local sexual health clinics across the City and Hackney: Clifden Centre, Ivy Centre and 80 Leadenhall. Find out more on the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust website.More information about HIV prevention can be found at the Do It London website.
1st December 2020
Statement on the Mayor of London’s Action plan to tackle disproportionate policing
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, respond to the Mayor of London’s Action Plan, which aims to rebuild trust and confidence in the Metropolitan Police and tackle the use of disproportionate policing affecting Black Londoners.Hackney is a proud, diverse and inclusive borough with a long-history of fighting racism in all its forms, but we are not complacent - the systemic injustices that Black people and other communities continue to face show us that much more needs to be done to eradicate the scourge of systemic racism in our institutions. We are pleased that the Metropolitan Police have agreed to implement recommendations made in the Mayor of London’s Action Plan to tackle disproportionate policing. However, we must recognise the importance of tackling systemic racism and scrutinising the Police at a local level by closely working with local communities, who must be at the heart of shaping policies that affect them.We recently heard from local young people at the launch of Hackney Young Futures Commission’s “Valuing the Future Through Young Voices” report - which consulted with over 2,500 young people from across the borough - who told us about their experiences of growing up in Hackney. Understanding these lived experiences is central to shaping and driving work to improve the lives and opportunities of young people in our borough. We have committed to working with Hackney Young Futures Commission and other local partners to implement the report’s recommendations in full. Council officers have also been working with the Police and youth-led research group Hackney Account to implement the recommendations from Account’s review into policing in the borough, which was conducted by local young people. As part of this, we’re working together to ensure a shared understanding of the systemic nature of racism, better training for officers, improved engagement with communities, greater transparency and stronger processes for holding the police accountable for their actions - ensuring that those most affected by stop and search have their voices heard. A joint trust and confidence action plan is being developed and a working group is being convened to monitor and drive progress of this work. We’ll be holding an event in March next year to share our plans and progress on this work with community partners.The urgency of this work is further highlighted by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)’s review into the use of stop and search which revealed significant failings, such as the excessive use of handcuffs, inappropriate use of stop and search and failure to properly use body cameras. We recently joined colleagues and partners from the Council, IOPC, the Police, Hackney Account and other local organisations at the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission to discuss the IOPC’s findings, and how they can be swiftly implemented to rebuild faith and trust in the police across all of our communities.However, we recognise that stop and search makes up just one part of a wider, deep-rooted systemic issue at the core of British institutions and societies, and we will do everything in our power to tackle it in the round - as outlined in our ambitious Hackney’s Black Lives Matter motion, which was passed this summer. This motion includes implementing a pioneering new Black history curriculum - developed by Hackney teachers and Council staff - to teach local children about the many untold stories that make up our nation’s history, which have been neglected by the national curriculum for far too long. 500 local schools have already signed-up to Hackney’s diverse curriculum, and we look forward to seeing it in action in classrooms across the borough. We’re also inviting residents to share ideas for the names of public spaces and landmarks in Hackney to ensure that our diversity and inclusivity is reflected in our buildings, streets, parks and other public spaces in our borough. Any names put forward must have a Hackney connection and represent our values of equality, anti-racism, innovation and community activism. These suggestions could also be used to replace the names of places named after slave traders and plantation owners, as part of our community-led review into landmarks and the naming of public spaces in Hackney. We’d love to hear any ideas you have for this project. We have also set up a Community Accountability Board as part of our Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men programme, which will support local Black people to hold institutions to account on their progress in tackling racism and inequality. We look forward to working with the Board to help us better understand and tackle systemic racism in Hackney. These are just some of the ways we’re working to tackle systemic racism in Hackney and to improve outcomes for young Black men. However, we recognise that much more work still needs to be done to rebuild faith in institutions in all of our communities. We will continue working with our communities and our partners in the Police, Hackney Account, Hackney Young Futures Commission and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to rebuild a better Hackney for everyone.
1st December 2020
Council honours residents who completed employment Traineeship Programme
14 trainees who successfully graduated from the 2020 Hackney Traineeship Programme were honoured in an online ceremony last week. The Traineeship Programme, which builds on the success of the council’s apprenticeship and Hackney 100 programmes, offers residents paid work placements with the council and local businesses alongside English, maths and employability training.The Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources, Councillor Carole Williams presented graduates with certificates and awards at the ceremony held on Tuesday 24 November.Graduates, local employers, council officers, training providers, family and friends also attended the ceremony to celebrate the achievements and commitment of the trainees who completed their training and work placements, all whilst working remotely and facing the challenges presented by the pandemic. In total, trainees completed over 1,300 hours of paid work experience, and six have now progressed into jobs or apprenticeships. Eleven trainees completed qualifications in English and Maths.Cllr Williams, recognised and thanked the commitment of local businesses.The 2020 programme focused on residents over the age of 25, and in particular those with childcare responsibilities, and learners of English as a second language.Magdalene Enow, who secured an apprenticeship with the council after completing the course said: “I have learnt so much on this programme and I’m so happy to have passed my maths and English level two qualification. As a mother of three the lockdown has been challenging as it was difficult to balance learning and parenting, but the team was so supportive and helped me through it.“The training scheme helped me to get the apprenticeship role at Hackney Council. I was able to learn so many new skills which helped in my interview.”To find out more about placements and how to apply please visit: https://opportunities.hackney.gov.uk/placements/
1st December 2020