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February
2009
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Call for more Council support for Hackney businesses

A HOTLINE to support Hackney businesses, and priority parking for delivery vehicles are among recommendations in a new Overview and Scrutiny report.

A review by the borough’s Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission has investigated how the local economy interacts with the Council, particularly around the masterplanning of Dalston, Hackney Wick, and Hackney Central.

The Commission has recommended Hackney Council consider setting up a hotline to guide businesses through planning, licensing, and environmental regulations, as well as helping them access training, networking opportunities and financial assistance.

Priority parking allocation in commercial centres should be given to delivery vehicles to load and unload so that parking restrictions do not interfere with day-to-day business, the Commission also states.

Evidence was gathered from representatives of Hackney’s Turkish, Kurdish, African, Caribbean, Vietnamese and Charedi Jewish businesses during the review, while members also heard from Narroway business owners, OPEN Dalston, Hackney Co-operative Developments, Hackney Enterprise Network, and Waltham Forest Council.

Throughout the year the Commission received updates from officers on the progress of the masterplans for Dalston, Hackney Wick, and Hackney Central, but also heard residents groups’ concerns at perceived shortcomings of the Council’s stakeholder engagement plans for the masterplans, Area Action Plans and Core Strategy Preferred Options.

Cllr Deniz Oguzkanli, Chair of the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission, said: “I am pleased to see the positive response from the Cabinet to recommendations in the review.

“Hackney’s local businesses are the beating heart of its economy, and it is vital that they are involved in how the borough’s town centres are transformed over the coming years.”

Scrutiny Commissions are made up of Councillors from all political parties who investigate issues of local concern. Reviews are evidence-based and non-political.

The Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission considers issues including crime and safety, community development, social inclusion, the voluntary sector and lifelong learning.

For more information, and to attend a meeting of a Scrutiny Commission, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/scrutiny or contact the Scrutiny team on 020 8356 3341.