Welcome to my March-May Mayor’s Report and the first of the new administration.
The past few months were dominated by the local elections and I would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign and stood for council. Here in Hackney I campaigned in every ward and we had the best result since 1986 – winning the highest share of the vote in the Mayoral Ballot and 52 councillors including in former Lib Dem Cazenove. Our victory was only tempered by losing one of our hardest working councillors Rosemary Sales in Stamford Hill West and not seeing our other candidates elected.
It’s been a busy first few weeks appointing the new Cabinet, preparing for the Council AGM, running the Hackney Half and working to turn our manifesto into a new corporate plan. I was pleased today to open the new Hackney Wick station and also visit one of our school streets in Clapton. We’ve started work on becoming a ‘Child Friendly Borough’, held our annual cycling conference and I was proud to go on Newsnight to mark #WalktoSchoolWeek and talk about our work to tackle air pollution through school streets and other interventions.
Alongside this we have continued to campaign at the TUC March, supporting Deliveroo workers and supporting the Windrush generation. Reflecting on previous campaigns it was good to see to see MHCLG finally take heed of our concerns about FOBT machines and announce last week that maximum stakes would indeed be decreased from £100 to £2.
Hackney has won six prestigious awards for Hackney Town Hall, Kings Crecent, Woodberry Down and our apprenticeship programme, more details can be found below. Deputy Mayor Bramble and Cllr Selman attended the Hackney Ethnic Minority Forum Event on Knife Crime. We’re leading co-ordinated work across the Council and our partners. Cllr Bramble has also been entering into national discussions on the future of education policy and will be holding a National Education Service debate with Hackney South on 13th June.
The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for March & May 2018 can be downloaded here