Stamford Hill

Residents fight special needs development

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

Campaigners against the building of a new development for Orthodox families in Stamford Hill will learn today if they can appeal against the plans.

Hackney Council last year approved proposals to redevelop the former Avigdor School site in Lordship Road into a new special needs school and nursery and 29 residential units for Orthodox families.

But hundreds of local residents have opposed the scheme and more than 30 turned up at the High Court last Friday to apply for a judicial review against the council’s decision.

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Parents accuse hospital after their baby’s death

By Keren David, July 23, 2009

The distraught parents of a baby who died after contracting pneumonia have asked police to investigate their claims of negligence by the Royal London Hospital.

Meanwhile, the medical director of another east London hospital has refuted “malicious” texts about the case.

Leah and Chaim Herkovitch’s daughter, Shiri, was four months old when she died at the Royal London on July 11. Her parents had briefly left her bedside to visit their other three children at home in Stamford Hill, north London.

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Orthodox tenants housing let down

By James Martin, July 16, 2009

An affordable housing scheme for Orthodox families in Stamford Hill is struggling to fill all its units because Hackney Council has failed to find “suitable” families as tenants.

Jewish housing association the Industrial Dwellings Society (IDS) purchased 20 units from Taylor Wimpey at Latham’s Yard in Upper Clapton in 2002, with the support of a £3 million Housing Corporation grant. The first 15 were occupied at the start of June.

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Hackney mumps outbreak

By James Martin, June 25, 2009

A mumps outbreak within Stamford Hill’s Orthodox community has prompted the local health authority to urge parents to ensure their children have received the MMR vaccine.

The City and Hackney Primary Care Trust has offered to send immunisation teams to five Orthodox Jewish schools in north Hackney following outbreaks in two Orthodox boys’ primary schools in the area over the past few weeks. One of the schools is said to be the Machzikei Hadath in Clapton, but the care trust could not confirm this.

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Rapist to be extradited

By James Brewster, June 25, 2009

A convicted sex offender who fled Israel before he could be jailed told judges this week that he didn’t want to be sent home — because he feared a nuclear attack by Iran.

Strictly Orthodox Nachman Stal, 39, left Israel in May 2006 after he was found guilty at a Tel Aviv court of sodomy and indecent assault of a minor.

The married father-of-nine, who prayed in the High Court last Friday as he challenged his extradition, had been accused of assaulting the youth in his car in Tel Aviv in 1998.

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Bus stop dismays Charedim

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

A move to establish a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill has stalled on cost grounds, to the disappointment of the Charedi community.

Response to a four-month study conducted by Transport for London watchdog London TravelWatch demonstrated “a very clear requirement for a bus service between the two places”.

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Fifteen-year-old mourned

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

Over 1,000 people attended the funeral of a 15-year-old boy from Stamford Hill who died after being in a coma for four days.

Chaim Roth was one of 10 children from a Satmar family in Stamford Hill living in assisted housing provided by Agudas Israel.

According to Yesodey Hatorah School principal Rabbi Avraham Pinter, he had got up after taking a nap in his room but then “collapsed into a coma on the floor”. He died in Homerton Hospital.

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Security force launches patrols of Charedi areas

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

A controversial American-style security organisation has begun regular patrols in London’s biggest strictly Orthodox communities.

Based on the Shomrim (guards) of New York, the privately funded service covers the Hendon/Golders Green and Stamford Hill areas through two independent arms — North-West London Community Patrol and Stamford Hill Safety Rescue and Patrol. Shomrim claims it has been set up “because the community feels unsafe due to a spike in street attacks and robberies over the last couple of years”.

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Affordable housing scheme in Stamford Hill will

By James Martin, May 27, 2009

An affordable housing scheme in Stamford Hill will take in 15 Orthodox families over the next week or so, with another nearby project set to provide a further 15 homes in the autumn.

Jewish housing association the Industrial Dwellings Society (IDS) purchased 20 of the total 300 units from Taylor Wimpey at Latham’s Yard in Clapton in 2002 with the support of a £3 million Housing Corporation grant. As well as maisonettes intended for families with a number of children, the properties include five single-bedroom flats which are ready for occupation.

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Health talk

April 16, 2009

The Charedi community in Stamford Hill is being consulted by the NHS on how it could better understand their medical needs.

Residents will be canvassed on issues including mixed hospital wards, which the community strongly opposes.

A questionnaire has been devised on behalf of City and Hackney Primary Care Trust with the help of local Jewish GPs and the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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