Cross-community panelists to debate changes in Hackney at Stamford Hill West ward forum


The Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe will be joined by panellists from across the Stamford Hill community for a discussion on how Hackney’s changing landscape is impacting on people in the ward.

The Stamford Hill West ward forum meeting, at 7pm on Tuesday 24 November, will play host to the mini ‘Hackney: A Place for Everyone?’ debate, organised by ward councillor, Rosemary Sales.

The questions posed of the audience are: How do we make sure the way Hackney has changed over the past 10 years works for everyone? And, how do the changes impact on Stamford Hill?

Possible topics include: housing, crime, opportunities for young people, and the local environment.

The other panellists are:

  • Yocheved Eiger - Chief Executive of Stamford Hill-based Bikur Cholim, which provides a range of services to help people of the Orthodox Jewish community who are ill or disabled.
  • Samir Jeraj - of Hackney Renters and co-author of The Rent Trap. The Stamford Hill resident is a journalist specialising in social issues, race equality and housing.
  • Emmanuel Opoku – He grew up in Hackney, attended Mossbourne Academy and won a place to study at Imperial College. He became active in Let us Learn campaign on discovering that, because he was technically not a British citizen, he would have to pay the overseas rate of student fees which would make university impossible for him, and hundreds like him.
  • Angela Phillips – Professor of Journalism at Goldsmiths College and has worked in the alternative and feminist press as well as national print and broadcast media. She is a resident of Stamford Hill.

The meeting, at Oak Tree Community Centre, Bethune Road, Stamford Hill, is open to everyone.