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Hackney and City step up to boost local test and trace efforts

18th September 2020
Hackney Council and the City of London Corporation will from next week take on a greater role in testing and tracing locally to help stop the spread of COVID-19, save lives and protect the NHS. NHS Test and Trace is a free nationwide programme vital to limiting the spread of the virus. It works by contacting people who have been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive for the virus, asking them to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they were last with the infected person. However, gaps remain in the system, and in Hackney only about 70 percent of those who need to be contacted are being reached. This localised complementary approach by Hackney Council and the City Corporation aims to resolve this, helping support the NHS by getting in touch with the other 30 percent. This means Hackney Council staff will be supporting the national contact tracing service and will be contacting local people with a positive coronavirus test to talk to them about contact tracing and self isolation.  Drawing from local data and insights to connect with local residents, public health officials will offer support, advice and guidance to residents who need to self-isolate. All test and trace data is managed in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will not be used for any other purpose. The announcement follows calls from the City Corporation and Hackney Council for more local authority involvement in the NHS Test and Trace programme. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 - no matter how mild - it is important that you get a test and self isolate for 10 days. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You can book a test online or by calling 119. The current nearest testing centre to the City is based in Bentley Road, Hackney. Please only get a test if you are symptomatic.What to do if you’re contacted by NHS Test and TraceIf you are contacted by test and trace, you must stay at home for 14 days from the day you last saw the affected person. Do not leave your home for any reason - if you need food or medicine, you can order it online or by the phone, or ask friends or family to drop it off at your home. If this is not possible, please contact Hackney Council or City of London Corporation who will be able to help you. If you are a Hackney resident:Let Hackney Council know that you need assistance by calling 020 8356 3111, going to the Council coronavirus webpage or looking for help locally on the support services map. If you are a City of London resident:Let the City of London Corporation know that you need assistance, by filling in the COVID-19 form, by emailing the COVID-19 mailbox, or by calling 020 7606 3030.How do I know a test and trace caller is genuine? You'll be contacted by email, text or phone. Text messages will come from NHStracing. Calls will come from 0300 0135000 or Hackney Council’s number starting in 020 8356.You’ll be asked to provide:your name, date of birth and postcodeif you live with other peopleany places you've been recently, such as a workplace or schoolnames and contact details of any people you were in close contact with in the 48 hours before your symptoms started (if you know these details)Test and trace workers will never ask for bank details or payments or for details of any other accounts, such as social media. They will not ask you to set up a password or PIN number via telephone or ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087. How your information will be used by NHS Test and TraceAll information you provide to the NHS Test and Trace service is confidential.No one who is contacted will be told your identity.Anyone you've been in close contact with will be told to stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

Rebuilding a greener Hackney: why we have to act

18th September 2020
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, on why we have to act to rebuild a greener Hackney and how we are listening to residents’ views: While the effect of coronavirus continues to hit London hard, one of the few benefits of lockdown was a cleaner, greener city, with less traffic, cleaner air, and more people walking and cycling.  We want to rebuild a greener Hackney and secure these benefits for future generations We’re hard at work introducing three new low traffic neighbourhoods in Hackney Downs, Hoxton West and London Fields, implementing a further 15 traffic filters across the borough, and creating 40 new School Streets, helping over 14,000 children walk and cycle to school.  Not only will this secure the cleaner, greener city we saw during lockdown, but it will support everyone in Hackney - including the 70% of Hackney households who do not own a car - to walk and cycle more safely as public transport capacity remains low, and encourage more people to swap their car for walking or cycling - with the benefits to health and air quality this brings.  This is fully supported by the Department for Transport, who, through Transport for London, are giving councils funding to implement these changes.  Listening to residents We know that these changes are ambitious and so we want to put residents’ views at the heart of this process.  All of these measures are being introduced on an experimental basis for a maximum period of 18 months. This allows residents to see how changes work in practice before having their say - which we will take into account before any decision is made on whether or not to make measures permanent.  We’re listening to residents every step of the way too. We’ve already made changes to the Hoxton West low traffic neighbourhood following feedback from local people, and want everyone to tell us what they think about the measures at rebuildingagreenerhackney.commonplace.is.  Disruption can take time to end - but we will take action where needed As with all transport changes, there can sometimes be a number of weeks of disruption while drivers get used to changes and sat nav apps adjust. This is expected and can unfortunately cause inconvenience.  All of the measures are designed to limit the effect of traffic displacement - where a change to a road causes traffic to use an alternative route - but I want to reassure residents that we are monitoring traffic levels around each of the changes so we know how they affect our roads. If you are currently seeing higher levels of traffic than normal on a road near a low traffic neighbourhood, it is likely that this will die down as drivers take other routes. This may take a number of weeks, but I’d like to thank residents for being patient during this time.  There are also a number of other factors creating temporary increases in traffic in the borough - including Transport for London roadworks in Hackney Road and Thames Water work in Stoke Newington.  If we see significant changes in monitoring statistics, we will look at further measures to mitigate issues.  Why we have to act We do not want to make residents’ lives harder. All of our new filters allow local people, including disabled residents, and businesses to continue to access their property by car or van. Instead, they are aimed squarely at limiting through-traffic, which should be using main roads, not back streets.  It is sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that 40% of traffic does not start or end in the borough, instead using our neighbourhood streets only as a rat-run.  It is simply not right that these drivers use shortcuts through residential areas, passing through streets where most households do not own a car.  Traffic is already at pre-lockdown levels or above. If we do not take action quickly, commuters from out of Hackney will take to their cars, blighting our neighbourhoods, and exacerbating the air quality and road safety crises we faced before lockdown.  If we are brave now, we can reclaim Hackney’s streets for people, not cars, and secure the cleaner, quieter neighbourhoods we experienced during lockdown. This has always been our ambition. The pandemic makes it an imperative. 
Unsafe lockdown conditions lead to rogue landlord crackdown
Private renters in Hackney suffering from health hazards, dangerous living conditions and mistreatment from landlords have been urged to report issues so that the Council can take action, as new photos show some of the horrendous standards tenants have been forced to endure during the coronavirus lockdown. Hazardous electrics, bars on windows preventing emergency escape, undersized bedrooms without natural light or ventilation and showers placed above toilets are just some of the horrific conditions identified by Council enforcement officers this summer. The crackdown comes amid concerns that the pandemic is being used by some landlords as an excuse to ignore their legal responsibilities and take advantage of the absence of long-term stability afforded to private renters – including failing to abide by rules requiring landlords of around 10,000 homes to get a licence in order to let out a property. Landlords of all private rented homes in Brownswood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington wards are legally required to hold a licence committing them to keeping properties safe and treating tenants fairly. Those letting out Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – homes with two or more households and shared facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and toilets – across the borough also need a licence requiring them to meet acceptable standards. Throughout the pandemic the Council has continued to enforce against breaches of licensing conditions and landlords who have failed to get the licences they need, which can result in penalty charges of up to £30,000, prosecution leading to an unlimited fine, or bans from letting out homes completely. But, with a decrease in licence applications in recent months suggesting more landlords are attempting to avoid their legal responsibilities, private renters are being encouraged to report landlords who don’t have the licence they need or are failing to provide acceptable standards so that action can be taken. More details on the Council’s property licensing schemes, including how to apply and report breaches, is available at: hackney.gov.uk/property-licensingHackney Council has put support in place for private renters struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including additional financial help, advice and support on housing options and evictions, and enforcement against landlords. Find out moreReporting poor conditionsIf you’re concerned about the condition of your home or treatment from a landlord we can investigate and – where appropriate – take action. It is illegal for your landlord to take eviction action because of a complaint or request for a repair.Contact the private sector housing team on 020 8356 4866 (Mon to Fri, 9am-4pm) or privatesectorhousing@hackney.gov.uk
18th September 2020
Hackney announces locations for Open House festival 2020
Hackney’s most unique buildings are preparing to open their doors and welcome in the public during Open House festival from 19-27 September. This year’s programme, which celebrates London’s architecture and urban landscape, promises ‘a rich mix of events, tours, carefully-managed building openings and film premieres reconnecting us with the city we’ve been locked out of for months. Hackney locations to discover more about include: 50 Chocolate Studios; A House with a Slide; Frampton Park Baptist Church & Housing; Mildmay Club; PEER Gallery; Round Chapel; Shoreditch Town Hall; Three Rooms Under a New Roof; and Yorkton Workshops. There will also be a self-guided walking tour around the City, starting from the headquarters of world-renowned architectural firm Foster and Partners in Principal Place, Hackney. Now in its 29th year, Open House has traditionally encouraged Londoners to peek inside buildings of architectural interest across the capital. This has been limited by the impact of Covid-19 and organisers have devised a brand new programme in response to the pandemic.  This includes an online documentary series, a range of model buildings for Londoners to make at home, online events, audio and self-led walking tours, a podcast and new book: ‘Open House Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs’.  Where building openings and tours can take place, safety measures will be introduced including pre-booking, timed entry and altered capacities.  Alice White, PEER Curator for Local Audiences said: “Open House is a wonderful opportunity to highlight not only our gallery programme but the capital developments we have made to the area, for which we were commended in Hackney Design Awards 2018. This includes a 10-metre wide glass facade, bringing art straight onto the street, public seating, a Chris Ofili clock and Khadija's Garden – which have especially been enjoyed by local people, many of whom do not have gardens, over some very difficult months. We took part in Open House last year when the theme was 'social', which seems more pertinent than ever. We are looking forward to participating this year and being part of a London wide initiative encouraging people to re-engage with arts and culture, particularly raising awareness of our programme to local and wider audiences.” Sian Milliner, Head of Open House festival, said: “For three decades, the Open House festival has been welcoming people of all backgrounds to share the history, spaces and fabric of our city. This year, Open House will be a festival of rediscovering the richness of the city after months stuck inside — a jump-start for local economics and celebration of the buildings, parks and places that we’ve all been missing. As we renegotiate our relationship with a London that has been closed for so many for so long, the 2020 Open House festival will help reconnect Londoners with London featuring a programme built around safe ways to explore the streets of the city on foot and bike with sociable, active ways to participate in the festival from home too.”Open House is a volunteer-led festival of London’s urban landscape. It is run by Open City - a charity using events, publications and podcasts to make London more equitable, accessible and open. In addition to the fees provided by participating boroughs, this year’s festival has been made possible thanks to individuals who responded to the charity’s Open House Friends appeal to support the organisation. The main Open House weekend will take place over 19 and 20 September with the festival continuing through the week and following weekend, closing on 27 September. The full festival programme is available on the Open House website and app.Notes for editors Images for and press resources can be downloaded hereWebsite: openhouselondon.org.ukInstagram and Twitter handle: @openhouselondon Facebook page: facebook.com/openhouselondon2020 
17th September 2020
Camera enforcement at London Fields low traffic neighbourhood to begin
Camera enforcement is set to begin on the Cat and Mutton bridge traffic filter next month as part of the Council’s radical plan to rebuild a greener Hackney in the wake of the pandemic.  The new filter - a type of road closure where planters or bollards on the road prevent motor vehicles from passing through - was introduced last week to help support a new low traffic neighbourhood in London Fields, creating quieter, cleaner streets, making it easier and safer for local residents to walk and cycle as public transport capacity remains low.  Camera enforcement will begin on 12 October following a one-month period to allow drivers to get used to the changes, joining temporary and permanent cameras already in place at traffic filters across the borough.  The mix of cameras and bollards at the filters is designed to maintain access for waste vehicles and the emergency services.  Across the borough, the Council has introduced three new low traffic neighbourhoods - in Hackney Downs, London Fields and Hoxton - and the first of 40 new School Streets, with additional traffic filters at a number of locations throughout Hackney.  All residents and businesses in each area can continue to access their properties by car which may be via different routes.  Update on Hoxton West low traffic neighbourhoodFollowing feedback from local residents and as a result of traffic monitoring in the area, the Council is making a minor change to the Hoxton West low traffic neighbourhood. This will move the traffic filter on Nile Street, close to the junction with Vestry Street, further westwards along Nile Street past the junction with Provost Street. This will help prevent non-local traffic from using Nile Street and Provost Street as a rat run. All residents and businesses will continue to be able to access their properties by car. Have your sayTo find out more about our measures to rebuild a greener Hackney, visit: https://rebuildingagreenerhackney.commonplace.is/
16th September 2020