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Hackney recycling stagnant despite go green initiatives

Hackney recycling stagnant despite go green initiatives

Recycling rates in Hackney have remained stagnant despite the launch of a new recycling scheme last year aimed at increasing participation. Data from the Hackney Council shows that recycling rates have hovered around 25 per cent since the middle of 2009. Last year Hackney introduced a ‘commingling’ recycling system that…

Croydon Council issue over 100,000 parking penalties

Croydon Council issue over 100,000 parking penalties

Croydon has the fifth highest number of parking tickets issued in London, reveals new research. Data collected through a Freedom of Information request by car insurance firm Churchill showed that Croydon Council issued 108,409 penalty charge notices last year. Putting the south London borough only lower than Westminster, Newham, Barnet…

The face behind the shopfront: ELL speaks to the people opening up new businesses on your local highstreet

The face behind the shopfront: ELL speaks to the people opening up new businesses on your local highstreet

In the second part of ELL’s business profile, we interviewed new business owners in our boroughs to see how startup culture, regeneration and the East London Line are affecting your high street. As told to Pippa Bailey and Serina Sandhu…

Free training to encourage entrepreneurs into markets

Free training to encourage entrepreneurs into markets

Hackney Council, in conjunction with the charity Community Links, is holding a free market trading workshop for Hackney’s entrepreneurs. The session, the first to be offered by the Council’s market services, is aimed at the borough’s increasing number of young entrepreneurs. It will offer participants the opportunity to look at…

Professor Angela McRobbie remembers Richard Hoggart

Professor  Angela McRobbie remembers Richard Hoggart

Richard Hoggart , who died last week (10th April) aged 96, was a figure whose life, teaching and books, tell an important story, not just about the rise of  ‘cultural studies’, but also about what it is to be a public intellectual. Hoggart chose very carefully where to invest his…

Regeneration plans and opening of east London line drive rise in number of new businesses in ELL boroughs

Regeneration plans and opening of east London line drive rise in number of new businesses in ELL boroughs

East London continues to be a popular location for startups, with over 7,500 of the 65,095 businesses that opened in London in 2012 found in the ELL boroughs. There are high numbers of small businesses, with 89.65 per cent of all businesses across the ELL boroughs classed as small and…

Three men convicted of schoolboy’s murder

Three men convicted of schoolboy’s murder

Three men have been found guilty of murdering a teenage boy in an “unprovoked attack” in Tower Hamlets. Ajmol Alom, 16, was killed in August last year when he and his friends were approached by four men in Spey Street, Poplar. Alom was fatally stabbed in the thigh, and his…

Sword swallowers and stilt walkers take over Croydon

Sword swallowers and stilt walkers take over Croydon

The circus is returning to Croydon this spring as street entertainers are set to take over the North End of the town centre. Following a series of popular performances last year, Covent Garden Entertainment will once again be relocating to South London in a bid to bring more shoppers to…

Over two hundred unclaimed bicycles donated to charity

Over two hundred unclaimed bicycles donated to charity

Tower Hamlets and the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Command teamed up to donate over 200 bicycles to three London charities. First to receive their donation was Poplar based charity Streets of Growth, who were given 80 bicycles. The bicycles will be used for Bike Recycle, a cycle restoration initiative the…

Hit and run collisions in Hackney on the increase

Hit and run collisions in Hackney on the increase

New Metropolitan Police figures revealed that Hackney has the third highest number of hit and run casualties in London. In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, there were nearly 4,000 injuries arising from hit and run collisions across London. The figures show an increase each year from 2009.…

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