The commission has a remit for all housing issues, as well as leisure and culture, planning, sustainability, waste and street cleanliness.
Investigation of flooding caused by a burst Thames Water main
A water main burst on 11 December caused flooding to a number of businesses and properties in Stoke Newington, and a major road to be closed for some time. This followed a separate burst water main in Angel, Islington on 5 December which caused severe flooding and long lasting traffic diversions on Upper Street. Thames Water are responsible for the management and maintenance of the failed pipework which caused the floods.
Councillors on two separate committees - the Living in Hackney scrutiny commission in Hackney and Islington Council's policy and performance scrutiny committee - jointly questioned Thames Water in a meeting at Islington Town Hall on 18 January. There were questions asked around Thames Water's levels of investment in their pipes and other infrastructure, their approach to maintenance, how they might better identify and deal with small leaks before they escalate, and whether emergency events such as the ones above could be responded to more effectively.
Following this, the Living in Hackney Commission worked with Thames Water to deliver a further meeting, on 6 February at Stoke Newington Town Hall, in order for residents to have the opportunity to ask Thames Water about how the causes of the event, their response to it, and their management of the aftermath. There was also the opportunity for residents affected by the flood to speak about their individual cases with Thames Water representatives and loss adjusters.
Records of meetings and follow up
- draft records of meeting of 18 January (pdf)
- Thames Water presentation to residents, 6 February [pdf, 1.98Mb]
- letter to Thames Water [pdf, 177.16Kb]
The letter, by the Chair of the Living in Hackney scrutiny commission following the two meetings, sets out a number of actions arising from the two meetings. A response to the letter will be made available here once received.
Air quality review
Air pollution can be defined as 'the presence in or introduction into the air of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects'.
Significant shares of Hackney (and London) have levels of air pollution which exceed legal limits. It is estimated that the issue caused the equivalent of up to 9,400 deaths in London in 2010.
Find out more about the air quality review.
Full work programme and meetings
You can view the commission's full work programme for the year on the agenda for each of its meetings.