Have a happy and safe Purim!

Purim, the annual Jewish festival, takes place in Stamford Hill on 9-10 March 2020.

During this time it is expected that the streets around Stamford Hill will be busier than normal as people celebrate. The area is residential and for many residents the day after Purim is a normal working day.

To make sure everyone has a safe and happy time, Hackney Council and the Metropolitan Police are asking residents to be considerate of their neighbours, turn any sound systems off and keep the noise down after 10pm during this holiday period.

Residents are also reminded not to drive if they have been drinking alcohol and to make sure that if flatbed trucks are used to carry people, that they are being used safely, legally and with appropriate insurance.

Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy, and the Voluntary Sector
Purim is a happy time for thousands of residents and it’s great to see people having fun. We want everyone to enjoy the Purim celebrations, but at the same time to be safe in doing so. As with other celebrations, we are asking people to be considerate, keep the noise down after 10pm and make sure that you and those you are responsible for remain safe, particularly when using vehicles on the streets. Happy Purim!
Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy, and the Voluntary Sector

During Purim, there will be extra police reassurance patrols in the area. 

We want this holiday to be commemorated and celebrated and for everybody to enjoy Purim. Part of this will be that it is done so safely and that within the spirit of the law everybody ensures that they enjoy themselves responsibly, particularly with the use of vehicles during the celebration. 
Supt Martin Rolston, Neighbourhoods, Central East Borough Command Unit, Metropolitan Police

When celebrating Purim this year, the Council and police are encouraging people to stay safe and be considerate of others:

  • Please consider if you need to drive during this period. To minimise congestion on the highway, people can walk, cycle or use public transport;

  • If you are driving, please drive and park respectfully so that vehicles can pass each other and are in compliance with relevant parking restrictions;

  • Do not drink and drive;

  • Please do not play loud music or sound car horns after 10pm;

  • Please keep the volume of all music to respectful levels at all times and ensure trucks emitting music are not parked in front of a residential property;

  • If you intend using flatbed trucks to carry passengers on the back, ensure they have the required safety equipment to protect your passengers, your driving licence allows you to carry passengers in this way and that your vehicle insurance and any hire agreements covers this usage of the trucks;

  • Road closures will not be in place so please drive considerately