Where You Live: Hackney

Where You Live >> Hackney

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Hackney’s neighbourhoods, from Homerton to Hoxton, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Hackney the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 101,614 Hackney households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Investing in the local high streets with £5,307,500 in funding from the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund (GLA, Press Release, 17 January 2012, link).
  • Investing in local transport by building London’s first orbital railway – London Overground – with seven stations in Hackney, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail and investing £13.1 million in local transport (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link)
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 101,614 households in Hackney (DCLG, Council Tax Base , October 2011),  putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of households.

Restoring green space

  • 122 green spaces. 122 green spaces have been created for Hackney residents to grow their own food, the 3rd most of any borough (Capital Growth Website, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • More than £5 million for Hackney from the Regeneration Fund. Hackney received £5,307,500 in funding from the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund, set up to repair damage caused to high streets and town centres during last summer’s riots (GLA, Press Release, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 18 more patrols a month. In January 2012 there were 18 more monthly police patrols in Hackney compared to April 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 25 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Hackney have fallen. Since May 2008, Hackney has seen a 13.8%% decrease in total crime and a 32.7% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 18.3% and bus crime has fallen 33.9% fall in bus crime (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded twelve sport participation programmes in Hackney so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • Hackney is one of eight London boroughs hosting an Olympic venue, part of the Olympic Park.
  • 12 organisations in Hackney are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to Londoners (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £13.1 million of funding for local transport in Hackney. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £13.1 million to boost local transport in Hackney including £350,000 to provide car club bays throughout the borough continuing to work towards the Mayoral manifesto of delivering a car club bay within a three minute walk of Hackney residents by 2013/2014 (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).

Underground

  • Improving Tube lines. This is part of the Tube upgrade programme secured by Boris Johnson. In Hackney this includes:
    • Northern Line. When the upgrade is completed in 2014 capacity will have been improved by one fifth, meaning the line can carry an additional 11,000 passengers per hour at peak time. Passengers will also see an 18% reduction in journey time (TfL Website, Northern line upgrade plan, link).
    • Victoria Line. New trains and signalling has increased capacity by 21%, meaning that from 2013, the line will be able to carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. Passengers will also see a 16% reduction in journey time (TfL Website, Victoria line upgrade plan, link).

Rail

  • London Overground. .London Overground, London’s first orbital railway, has seven stations in Hackney: Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Central, Homertown, Hackney Wick, Dalston Junction, Haggerston, and Hoxton (TfL Website, London Overground, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Hackney is now the 16th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link ).

Roads and congestion

  • C-Charge. Boris also scrapped Ken Livingstone’s plans to introduce a £25 charge for family vehicles. (London Legacy, Press Release, 8 July 2008, link).
  • Permit Scheme. 15% of applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Hackney have been refused following the introduction of the permit scheme (London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, p.6, link).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 43 bus routes in Hackney have been expanded and/or improved under Boris Johnson (TfL, May 2008-January 2012-Bus Service Changes, link).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses, which will save more than £7 million a year. The new vehicles have replaced bendy buses on Route 73 between Islington and Hackney (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle Superhighway 1 will run through Hackney from Tottenham to the City by 2015 (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link; TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways’, link).

Housing

  • 2,940 total affordable housing units completed in Hackney. 1370 social rented and 1580 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Hackney between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Hackney in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Hackney fifteen times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Hackney just six times in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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