Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A threat and two opportunities

First of all, Happy New Year: lets make it a good one for everyone in our communities.

It is early January, but it is already all go in Hackney!

This week there are two important meetings. On Tuesday Hackney Planning Watch held a campaign meeting while on Thursday we are holding the second planning meeting for the Dalston People’s Festival.

Meanwhile in just a couple of weeks (9 – 17 February) we will also be supporting the Making Learning Work festival.

The threat
If you live in New River, Lordship, Casenove or Springfield, then you should be concerned about proposals that the council is currently consulting on, to hand control of planning policy to an unelected and unaccountable ‘forum’. The secretary of this proposed forum is the former Hackney councillor jailed for election fraud Isaac Liebowitz. The council has not publicized the consultation very well and very few people in the area know it is taking place. Hackney Planning Watch are looking to leaflet every door in the four wards and to alert residents. They are holding a meeting on Tuesday 15 January at the Oak Tree Community Centre, 77 Bethune Road  London, N16 5ED at 7.30. If you are going, you are asked to register in advance: The group plans to leaflet every house in the area to alert people to the consultation and invite them to respond. If you want to know more then please visit: if you can help with leaflet distribution, please contact

Dalston People’s Festival
The second planning meeting for the Dalston People’s Festival will be on Thursday 17 January at 6.30pm. We will be meeting at the Trinity Centre on Beechwood Road, (it is located at the Forest Road end).

On Thursday we will finally be able to announce the dates for the festival (we are still discussing with partners) but it will be in mid-July

The festival now has a facebook page:

You can help by doing five things:
It would also be great if you could tweet about it. #dalstonpeoplesfestival

The more people who know about the planned festival, the more people will contribute.

Making Learning Work
The TSSA trade union is working with community partners to stage a week long Making Learning Work festival from 9 – 17 February. The Festival will focus on personal and professional development for workers, their friends, family and the wider community. The Festival will kick of with a day long launch at the ELISE Centre, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ with interactive stalls, workshops, talks and taster sessions.  From ‘Make Do and Mend’ to ICT skills; Dance workshops to NVQ’S in Customer Service; ESOL to pre-apprenticeship skills - come along and try something new! More info to follow, but if you want to know more now, or are interested in being a part of the festival please contact Andrea:

On 2 February, the campaign groups Together for Transport are putting on free community organising training for campaigners interested in making public transport better for everyone: if you are interested visit: to download an application form.

Plans are also moving forward for the conference on the Life and legacy of C.L.R. James in London Saturday 13th April 2013. f you think you can help in any way to make this conference the success it deserves to be then please email:

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