The turnaround between the police leaving the building and the site being listed for sale has been quick – less than a month between it closing its doors as a police station and the site being put up for sale.
And a quick browse on property site Zoopla turns up listings for a number of other former police stations which have been listed with similar speed:
I’m a big fan of what Full Fact do – calling out media organisations and politicians over dubious claims they’ve made and misleading use of statistics. Although a small organisation, they have an impressive track record of getting dodgy claims corrected.
Hackney Council has apologised after “a very small number” of families received details of other people’s children in primary school place offer letters sent out last week.
Sarah Miller, who lives in Homerton, contacted the council after receiving a pack that contained the name, date of birth and school offer details of another child.
The main letter in the offer pack related to Ms Miller’s daughter but a second document, which gave details of how to decline a place that had been offered, contained details of another child who shared the same surname.
Speaking to the Hackney Citizen, Ms Miller said that the incident was “pretty worrying”. She had been left wondering where the second part of her family’s offer pack had gone. “I don’t know who’s got the details of my child”, she said.
You can read the full story here. After I filed the story, Hackney Council confirmed that they were aware of seven offer letters that had been sent out containing details of someone else’s child.
One of the most interesting stories in Hackney at the minute is the attempt by a group of residents in the north of the borough to take on planning powers, setting up a neighbourhood planning forum by which to do this.
The proposal – which, to put it mildly, has split opinion – covers Stamford Hill and surrounding areas, and those involved have argued that changes to planning responsibilities are needed to reflect the rapid growth of the local population, including the ultra-orthodox Haredi Jewish community.
Details of the proposed Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum – and a rival forum proposal – can be found here. The Guardian also had a great analysis of the situation the other day, which drew out the back-story to some of the claims and counter-claims being made.
But what are the facts of the matter? Are the wards that would be covered by the Stamford Hill forum – Springfield, New River, Lordship, Cazenove – different to others in the borough? (Complicating the picture slightly, the rival North Hackney Neighbourhood Forum proposal covers Brownswood as well as these four wards).
My recent story for the Hackney Citizen gave details of how Hackney Council had unwittingly made a number of residents’ personal data available on their website. The data breach affected more than 30 people who had contacted the council recently about licensing decisions, with details published including names, home addresses, mobile phone numbers and email addresses.
Space limitations meant my article couldn’t list all of the licensing decisions affected, so below I’ve published the full list, together with some details of the personal data found in each case:
New Premises Licence – Unit A, Gaumont Tower, Dalston Square, E8
Sub-committee meeting: 3 January 2013
Personal details published included the mobile phone numbers of three residents who had expressed views on the licence application
A number of Hackney residents have had their personal details – including email addresses and mobile phone numbers in some cases – inadvertently published on the council’s website, as I reveal in a story for the Hackney Citizen:
Papers published on Hackney Council’s website have inadvertently revealed the personal data of a number of residents, an investigation by the Hackney Citizen has found.
Among the personal details discovered were the names, addresses, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of more than thirty residents who had been in touch with the council recently about licensing decisions.
The data featured in documents which had been partially redacted, but redaction had not always been done correctly, allowing personal details to be accessed by anyone who viewed the papers.
The ONS released data the other day giving an update on the hours we all work and the salaries we receive in return (their Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, to give it its proper title).
The data is broken down by age group, occupation and whether employment is in the public or private sector, amongst other factors, though figures for individual local authorities provide perhaps the most interesting findings.
As has been noted elsewhere, women living in Hackney who work full-time now earn more than the borough’s men in the same position on average – a characteristic reportedly shared with only three other areas around the country.