Hackney Matters Newsletter July 2019

Online Reporting of issues to the Council - Short Survey and Focus Group registration


Hackney Matters online panel members are being asked to take part in a short survey and to register for focus groups to explore how residents report issues or problems such as littering, vandalism, noise, or broken streetlights and benches are reported to the Council. The aim is to develop an online tool to make it both easier for residents to report and council to respond to.

Login to the website and go to the Activity List on the home page and select “Online Reporting Survey” to complete the short survey and be rewarded with 30 points worth £3, and then "Online Reporting Focus Group" to register for the focus groups where you will be rewarded a £20 Love2Shop voucher for your time (if selected).


Major new plans unveiled for a brand-new Lee Valley Ice Centre

You may have heard about plans to redevelop Lee Valley Ice Centre in Leyton into a new twin rink ice centre with a gym, dance studio, café and community spaces. In addition, the new venue would be an attractive gateway to nearby popular green space. It is really important that we understand how the local community feels about the proposed centre.

We would therefore like your help in completing this survey about how you might or might not use the new centre and what value it may bring to the area. It is important that we gather views of both people who might use it and those it are unlikely to. The survey is completely confidential and no individual responses will be published.

The survey can be reached here

If you’d like to have your say on the plans for the new centre you can find out more and take part in the consultation process here

The public consultation will run until Sunday 1 September.

For more information or if you have any questions on the plans, please contact LVIC@communitycomms.co.uk or call 0800 093 1716.

People and Places: Making Hackney’s economy more inclusive - Focus Group

The Inclusive Economy Strategy is Hackney Council’s vision for ensuring all our residents benefit from growing job opportunities, our high streets and town centres thrive and we support our local businesses. 

Before we publish the final strategy, we want to get your feedback about the draft strategy, based on your experiences and views on living, shopping or working in Hackney. 

We want to ask:

  • Do you think we have focused on the right things? 
  • Is there anything big missing? 
  • Does the document make sense to you? How could we improve it? 


The workshop will take place on Tuesday 6th August from 6.00pm - 7.30pm at a central Hackney location.

To take part, login to the website and go to the Activity List on the home page and select “Inclusive Economy Focus Group”.

£20 Love2Shop vouchers will be offered to attendees.

Further information about the strategy can be found HERE.


Quick Poll - Hackney Central Conversation


Answer the quick poll question to earn 10 points worth £1.  Login to the website to take part.

Hackney Central Conversation

The Council has launched a new project about the future of Hackney Central.

Hackney Central is where our borough meets: it’s our civic centre, home to the stunning Town Hall, historic Hackney Empire and a cinema, library and other essential services; it’s where London Overground lines, bus routes and walking and cycling routes come together; and it’s a growing town centre with more shoppers, businesses and places to go out.

It’s already seen change – like the Hackney Walk fashion district, new bars and breweries in Bohemia Place and the pedestrianisation of the Narrow Way to support local traders, shoppers and cyclists. We know local people are proud of what makes the area great, but we also know it is becoming more attractive to new residents, businesses and developers, and we need to act now to ensure we protect our town centre for the long term.
We’ve got some ideas, but we want to hear what you think.

To find out more and get involved in the project, and tell them your views about the Hackney Central area, go to hcc.commonplace.is

Short survey - Methods of raising a repair

The aim of this short survey is for Hackney Council to figure out “Council Tenants” and “Council Leaseholders / Freeholders” preferred method when raising a housing / communal repair. 

To take part, login to the website and click “Repairs Survey” in the Activity List on the home page, and be rewarded 15 points worth £1.50.

Group talks

You can join our group talk discussions about “Local Issues”, “Make Hackney Better” and “Outside Events”.  

Login to the website and go to the Activity List to take part, and be rewarded 10 points for £1 for each group talk.

July Competition

This month is a SUMMER PHOTO competition.

We want you to take your most summery photos in Hackney. This could be a landscape, landmark, people enjoying themselves in the park, or even a selfie of yourself enjoying the sunshine.

We will judge the photos at the end of the month, and the winner will receive a £10 Love2Shop voucher and have their photo published in the next newsletter.

Please send your photos to consultation@hackney.gov.uk with the subject "Summer Photo Competition" along with your name and telephone number.
Good Luck!

June Competition - Winner

We asked you to work out 4 anagrams of famous people who were born in Hackney.   

  1. INBOARD BAR WARS - Barbara Windsor
  2. SIR BAILED - Idris Elba
  3. RAGS ALL AROUND - Lord Alan Sugar
  4. A WINNERS TOY - Ray Winstone

Everyone managed to get all the answers correct and one winner has been selected randomly.

Congratulations to Courtney Caton, our June competition winner.



Don’t forget that for every person you refer to Hackney Matters who signs up, you will receive 25 points worth £2.50.  Just enter their email address into the box on the home page and let the points roll in!

The Council has launched a new project about the future of Hackney Central.