Cazenove Blog

Your local Liberal Democrat Councillors for the Cazenove Ward in Hackney. Please feel free to make comments and talk about issues in Cazenove, Hackney, London, UK, Europe, the World and beyond!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The 1st Cazenove Ward Forum - A BIG THANK YOU.

Dear Residents;

Thank you so much for joining us at the first Ward forum on the 21st June at Jubilee School, we enjoyed meeting you all; and we share your passion for Cazenove.  Our hope is that our ward forums will grow and enable us, as a community, to improve how we work and live together.

We have captured some of the key actions, and thoughts for the future, from the meeting.  We will let you know how we are progressing on them before we meet again and do let us know if there is anything we have missed.

Kind regards,

Councillor Dawood-Ebrahim Akhoon
Councillor Abraham Jacobson
Councillor Ian David Sharer

Meeting Actions

1 - Cleaner Cazenove

Immediate actions

·       Councillors to talk to shop owners on Oldhill Street regarding their bins, can we do anything simply locally to improve how these are managed?
·       Council officer to investigate funding opportunities for street scene, with a mind to improving bin storage facilities.

Longer term considerations

·       Communicating recycling.  What can be recycled? when is it collected? don’t put your bags out early, what are the council contact numbers?  Could this all be put on a fridge magnet?
·       Improve communities knowledge and appreciation of our street cleaners, who are they? Do we have the same ones all the time? can we thank them? How can we help them?

2 - Celebrating our diversity in Cazenove

Immediate actions

·       Councillors to meet with local Imam at North London Mosque regarding Ramadan, and discuss ensuring that considerations for neighbours, particularly before and after prayers, are incorporated into the sermon.  But also making sure that residents are aware of the dates of key events, such as Laylat al-Qadr.  Participants at the ward forum were keen not only to be aware of the dates, but also to understand the meaning of the event and share it as a community.

Longer term considerations

·       There are many events across the cultures in the ward, most of which are quiet and peaceful.  But in all communities there are key celebrations and times of the year, not all of them religious, which can, sometimes cause noise.  It would be good to focus a community event on better understanding of these times, and celebrate them together.  Participants at the forum were keen on the idea of a shared calendar.

3 - Street Safety

As a community you were also concerned about street safety.  #

Immediate Actions

Councillors to join residents in a walk of Cazenove Road to looking at the speeding issues, and investigate why street signs, warnings, and enforcement were at different levels to other areas.

Longer term considerations

There were particular concerns about some of the changes to the Transport for London crossings and safety barriers, we have already discussed these with the lead member; and we will feed back on progress at later meetings.

4 - Other information

Co-mingling paper. 

Link to Sustainable Hackney

Ward website link

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Hackney's Unemployed - Express Yourself Event - Thursday 28th June 2012

For the last three months a group of Hackney’s unemployed have been working to put on an event: ‘Express Yourself’ which aims to bring unemployed together and empower them to face the challenges of seeking work and dignity at a time when jobs are disappearing.

Express Yourself is this Thursday afternoon, 28 June at Hackney Carers Centre,
96-102 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London E8
From 12-4pm.
Refreshments provided
Contact us:
07956 546110

There are four sessions:

‘Share what you can do’ which looks at the skills that unemployed people in Hackney have and seeks ways to network them.

‘Unemployed and over 50’ looks at the possibilities that exist to avoid being on the scrap heap, including volunteering, training, work and leisure opportunities.

‘Stop and search’, with the Olympics coming the risk is that the poor are targeted to ensure that they are not visible as London is showcased. This session looks at your rights and encourages attendees to share experiences.

What next’, perhaps the most important session of the day will look at how unemployed workers can support each other and campaign for dignity and decent jobs for everyone.
It is going to be a brilliant day, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of unemployed workers in Hackney who have no idea it is going on. You can help by:

Forwarding this email to your networks encouraging people to forward it to people they know who are unemployed in Hackney.
Bloging about the event

If you have facebook, please invite friends by linking to the facebook event page:

If you have twitter etc, then please post something about this event and encourage others to attend.

There is a wonderful leaflet for the event which you can view at

If you can distribute any of these over the next few days then please either email, of phone 07956 546110

If anyone can take flyers to leaflet job centres or anywhere else then let us know and we will get some to you.
Finally, of course there is good old word of mouth. If you now anyone who is unemployed in Hackney, then please give them a call, and invite them to this event.
We guarantee that anyone who attends will not be wasting their time.

It would be really helpful, if once you have done one or more of the actions above, you dropped us a line to let us know:

Hackney Unites is a coalition for social justice, if you are not already on our mailing list, you can sign up on-line (  to receive regular updates.

You can also follow us on twitter and join us on facebook.
Many thanks

John Page

Hackney Unites

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Friday, 25 May 2012

Highlighting the experiences of victims of crime - Hackney Community College

This week, seven students from Hackney Community College presented Hackney Police with a film highlighting the experiences victims of crime have with police.

Police officer Pam Horgan, from Hackney’s Partnership Unit, contacted the college to see if she could work with the media students to make a film, for the benefit of new police recruits. Her aim was to depict how victims of crime feel they have been treated by officers, from when they initially report a crime, through to the final outcome. The initial impression created by an officer, can have a lasting impact on people. Pam wanted to demonstrate that what police do and the way they do it, can affect the lives of the victim, their families and their community. This impression and the affect it creates, can be either positive or negative; the perception created by that initial contact.

The students aged 19 to 21 are studying on the BTEC extended Diploma in Creative Media - specialising in TV and film. This is an advanced level, two year course. After taking the live brief (a real life assignment as opposed to training scenario) from Hackney Police, the students worked together as a group to produce a set of interviews which were professionally edited by them to create the film. The brief gave the students a real client, which in turn gave them valuable skills which they will be able to draw on in their future careers.

What did the students learn: "This was the first job with external clients that we undertook as a team. It's great for our CVs." "This was the first time we set up the studio with lighting for these types of interviews. It was a good technical experience" "I'm going on to study film at university and I want to specialise in documentaries - so this was a perfect introduction to that"

The students will be progressing to university after their course at Hackney Community College. Anna Johnson, Media Co-ordinator at the college: "This is the start of a new partnership, working together, creating resources within the community. It was also positive for the students to work with the police on this project, proving really valuable for challenging stereotypes"

PC Pam Horgan, said: “I would like to commend the students who took part in this project; their professional approach was excellent. I would also like to thank the people who participated in the film. Not only has this venture given me a chance to work with these young people, it has strengthened our partnership with the college. The film is of great quality and will be an excellent training tool for new police recruits to Hackney.”

In the group picture are:
Lade Odebode - student
Trainee teacher Jon Taylor
Abigail Olajide-Aluko - student
Rebecca Oshinnaya - student
Anna Johnson - victim of crime and media teacher
Mark Benjamin - student
Jamal Hashi - student
Lola - student
Anthony Joseph - victim of crime
Pam Horgan - Police officer
Richard Gillman - Police staff - Volunteer Manager

Saturday, 7 April 2012

SNUG says - Get Snapping!

SNUG are running a photography competition. Photograph(s) can be of anything in or near Stoke Newington Common: nature, people, things, the sky..... You don't need a fancy camera and any type of photo is eligible (ie phone and film photos are ok). The competition is in 3 age groups: up to and including 11; 12 to 18; and 19 and over.

Entrance is free - Deadline 20th May 2012

Our judges (professional photographers) will choose the best 30 photographs submitted, which will then enlarge and exhibit in the Boiler House Community Centre, George Downing Estate, 16/17th and 22/23rd June. The public will be invited to vote on their favourites. Prizes will be awarded to those who've taken the top three photos in each category.

Send your photo(s) (3 max) by 20th May 2012 to:

Please limit your photos to 3mb each. Remember to put your name and a title on each photo & when sending, tell us your name, age, address, contact details and how & why you took the photo.

If you have any problems email
More details here:


Friday, 16 March 2012

Pauline Pearce for Hackney Central

Pauline Pearce, well known local campaigner dubbed the “Hackney Heroine” will stand as Council Candidate for the Lib Dems in Hackney Central.

Pauline is 46 years old. She is a mother and grandmother who has lived in Hackney for 7 years . She is a long time campaigner against gang and knife crime and has started the organisation DS4L – “Do Something for Life”

As “Lady P” Pauline hosts a chat show on “Conscious radio” community radio station. She has had a career as a Jazz singer and her work can be found on the LP “I hear music in the air” recorded in 1999

She has been involved in gangs herself and has served three years in prison for drug smuggling. “I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of” she says, “now I want to put something back into my community”

Pauline is well known for the You Tube clip that shows her standing up to rioters. She told the Evening Standard, “It was petrifying but I was just so angry. People's cars were being set on fire. What has that got to do with the cause of the fellow shot in Tottenham? How does that support his family?”

After her youngest son, Ronald, 18, was stabbed outside a shop two years ago, she has been campaigning for a safer borough, often using her Monday afternoon radio show to speak out about gun and knife crime. “It resulted in me digging my heels in,” she said “Going to London Fields and Hackney Downs and talking to the young people about what was going on in their lives”.

Pauline is currently pushing for the establishment of community centres that will not be linked to individual estates and which will serve people across the generations.

Simon De Deney, Chair of Hackney Lib Dems said, “We feel that Pauline will be a valuable addition to Hackney Council and we are proud to have her represent us. She is a real example of how a life can be turned around and how someone with a difficult past can give back to society.”

To contact Pauline's campaign or volunteer your support, contact

To join the Liberal Democrats, go to:

Monday, 27 February 2012

OP Condor swoops across Hackney

Over last weekend, Hackney Police took part in one of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest operations of the year so far, targeting licensing offences, anti-social behaviour and drug offences.

Operation Condor began on Friday 24 February and utilized 247 staff, which included Hackney Police working in conjunction with various other Met officers, Hackney Council, Hackney Police Cadets and other local partners. It was repeated on Saturday with 121 staff being involved.
The operation lasted 48 hours and was conducted throughout London. In Hackney the team targeted the Shoreditch night-life area and other business areas across the borough. Officers and staff proactively targeted 127 licensed premises, including pubs and clubs, to check all aspects of their licensing conditions. They also targeted unlicensed mini-cabs, under age selling of alcohol, cigarettes and much more.
A taxi touting operation was also put in place in Dalston and drug search dogs patrolled outside train stations. Officers were seen patrolling on horseback and closure orders were issued to venues.

Hackney Police Cadets assisted police in checking for under age selling.

A search tent was constructed in Shoreditch, allowing officers to search suspects at the scene.

In Hackney, a total 70 arrests were made for offences including possession of drugs, taxi touting, persistent begging, theft of personal property, affray and assault. 68 bottles of counterfeit alcohol were seized and numerous breaches of licensing laws were detected, several of which may result in prosecution.

Inspector Ian Simpkins from Hackney’s Licensing/Problem Solving team, said: “Licensing laws are put in place to help protect us from danger and breaking them is not acceptable. We will do everything in our power to keep Hackney’s community safe from harm and continue to fully support the majority of businesses in Hackney which are well run and law abiding. However, we will continue to ensure that shops and supermarkets do not sell harmful substances, or alcohol to young people. In our pubs and clubs we will ensure that alcohol is sold and consumed in a responsible way and on our roads it means that vehicles, such as taxis are properly licensed and safe. Hackney Police remain committed to working with our partners to ensure Hackney remains a vibrant yet safe borough in which to reside, visit or socialise.”

Cllr Sophie Linden, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Crime said: "Our community safety wardens, licensing, trading standards, and
anti-social behaviour officers worked closely with police to develop
Operation Condor and to make it a success in Hackney. The scale of the
operation and the impact it has made sends a clear message to those
engaged in illegal activity that we're committed, equipped and ready to
take strong action against them.

"We've cracked down on a huge range of anti-social and illegal
behaviour and we want Hackney people to know that we're committed to
reducing crime further and to keeping Hackney safe."

If you would like to report any unlicensed activity in your area, or have any more information, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team or call police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.