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Press Release: 07/05/13 2,500 choose the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum, and 3,500 reject the North Hackney Neighbourhood Forum.
5/8/2013 12:07:07 AM

Press Release:



2,500 Sign for the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum, in addition, to over 1,000 letters of support and 3,500 reject the North Hackney Neighbourhood Forum.


The Consultation on the North Hackney Neighbourhood Forum proposal, has just closed. 2,500 express their preference for the earlier Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum’’ and REJECT the NHNF proposal, as it undermines democracy rule & Stifles opportunity for development and investment into our neighbourhood.

The earlier proposal for the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum is already bringing together local communities, to enhance our neighbourhood with new sustainable development and opportunity for all.


Linda Kelly, Chairman of the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum, said ‘’ the local community has rightfully rejected the divisive NHNF and have instead Chosen to support our forum, We now look to the local council, to set aside, party political agendas, as we look forward for their support in improving our neighbourhood, which is within the spirits of, Her Majesty's Government, to empower local community’s’’.

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The Guardian
4/3/2013 7:31:26 PM
The Guardian Reports on SHNF:

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PRESS: Our Amended Response to the Gazette
1/14/2013 4:26:13 PM

Response to the Hackney Gazette,

There is nothing alarming about this proposal. This proposal is not for a Neighbourhood plan. Any proposal for a plan can only be considered at a later stage and will be subject to a referendum, where everybody in the area will have an equal say. Such a plan must conform to the council’s UDP and all relevant legislation in any event.

The large area proposed and the committee makeup, is to ensure the widest community representation from all different sections of the community, as is clearly evident from the current participation (see our website,, for photographs) and could not be dominated by one particular community and is in fact the same area that once was the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Committee, with the opportunity for some variation, subject to further consultation.

The purpose of this proposal is not at all about, land infill or garden paving, it is to, seek local solutions for local needs and to promote and enhance community cohesion and inclusiveness. The constitution of our forum, guarantees that, by making sure that everybody is encouraged to participate, the committee makeup is based upon a number of themes and remains fully accountable to all the people of the neighbourhood.

We have made a strenuous effort to get all interested parties involved and in particular from Hackney Planning Watch (sending them numerous e-mails), where not only have we, twice, withdrawn our earlier application, in order to seek their participation but we have even allocated a place for them at the committee. We have also sought the assistance from the Council, to gain their participation, However, despite all our efforts they steadfastly refused to participate. They attended on one occasion, only to state that their participation was conditional upon being granted a Veto Power, which was unacceptable, by all present, including Council officials.

Unlike, the totally unaccountable, Hackney Planning Watch, we did not have any meetings behind closed doors or set any quotas on particular communities wishing to take part. We advertised in the local public Maida, on our website and most importantly, our meetings were always open for all.

We hope that the attempt from Hackney Planning Watch, to politicise and smear this application as benefiting and being led by conservatives, (which is factually incorrect as they represent only a small minority of the committee proposed) will not be seized upon by the Labour run Council, who have a duty to perform their function irrespective of political affiliation. There is nothing wrong with the participation of the local councillors. In fact this is a legal requirement. Our Constitution guarantees, a seat on our committee for each of the political parties represented in the area. All local councillors, Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems were personally invited to participate and we had participation from all three political parties.

It is of concern that they have never objected to turn a church in to many small flats (Alkham Road) nor have they objected to turn one of the oldest and most important schools in Stamford Hill (Skinners School) into a massive residential development nor have they objected to a large residential development in a land infill, just behind peoples back gardens (Spring Hill). Their selectiveness is pretty worrying.

This latest scaremongering campaign will do little to promote community cohesion which we are seeking to enhance for the benefit of all our residents (yes, including conservatives) and our desire still remains for Hackney Planning Watch to participate and contribute. However, without a Veto.

The time has come, to set aside prejudice, ill feeling and stereotype tendencies and get together to improve the living standards within our neighbourhood.

 by Linda Kelly, Chair of SHNF

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Need and Justification for the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Fourm
11/9/2012 3:54:33 AM

Need and Justification for the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Fourm



Over a period time as people were aware the Government were bringing legislation with regards to Neighbourhood Planning.  We as people living in the the local community were approached  and have come forward to assist with forming a Neighbourhood.


This was done as local people from the four wards, came together to discuss a way forward of forming the Neighbourhood, according guidance of the day.


It was then agreed to hold a formal meeting in a public venue, which was advertised in the local newspaper the Hackney Gazette, so that everybody, could participate in forming the Forum.  The advert gave, various ways of communicating peoples’ interest, i.e. phone, email and post.


The meeting was held, the guest speaker was Andrew Boff member of the GLA, was asked to Chair the meeting, until an offical chair was elected.


There were over sixty members of the community present, representing the four wards, of different backgrounds, religions, cultures and political views.


Cllr Kelly the former chair of the NE Neighbourhood was elected as chair, together with other representative committee members.


At the meeting a constitution and the neighbourhood boundaries were adpoted.  The elected committee members were given a mandate to update where necessary amendments to the constitution and to engage with the local authority for that purpose, with a view to develop a formal submission for adoption to the council.


In November 2011 the local authority responded, and suggested we liaise with another group, who were already considering this matter together with the council.


Following dialogue, in May we expressed desire to proceed, as failed to see any development from the other group.  This led to a meeting with the council in June, where the council expressed once again their desire for a joint submission between the two groups. 


In June the council asked for a three week period to bring all parties to the table, which SNF agreed to, this was later extended for a further three wees.  At that meeting in July one of the groups in attendance – namely Hackney Planning watch, outlined their position that they would not support any submission without giving them a right to Veto on all decisions.

A further meeting was agreed in September where a submission would finally be made on the 14th of September, 2012.  This was also confirmed to Mr. Lewis Wedgewood from the DCLG who attended together with the council planners and SNF representative a walkabout of the Neighbourhood.



At the request by representatives of the labour group, (Majority group of the Council), the period was extended to the 19 October 2012.  Bearing in mind that a meeting two steering liaision meetings had also taken place, where very little progress was made.  The 19 October 2012 was where a written assurance was made that this was the intended where submission should be made.


A meeting was held on 17 October, 2012 with labour group representatives, again submitted the 19 October 2012 would not be appropriate and a further date (extention) would have to be considered.  Whilst they offered to use their best endeavours no firm commitment followed. Indeed and email from the labour group secretary confirmed their position, that they wanted a submission which everyone would be happy with, a virtually impossible expectation, in fact mirroring the position stated the Hackney Planning Watch back in July.


After careful consideration the Forum has come to a view, that every remedy has been exhausted to bring about a joint application, however, with these caveats it deemed impossible and unfair to the Forum, for the submission not to proceed on that basis.


Notwithstanding the above we remain committed to our inclusivity policy and welcome and await maxium participation from any and individuals and groups in the area.  To this end we have agreed in our constitution to establish an interim committee with a view at our forthcoming AGM in April 2013, our Forum will be all inclusive and represent as many communities, organisaitons and individuals as possible.a click on the post link.
11/8/2012 5:02:45 PM
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