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Developers’ proposal for site opposite Dalston’s Rio Cinema faces opposition from local residents

Developers’ proposal for site opposite Dalston’s Rio Cinema faces opposition from local residents

A plan to develop the site opposite the Rio Cinema on Kingsland Road is being fought by residents. Two similar applications have previously been rejected. Developers Crystal Property (London) Limited have submitted a proposal for the property known as Morris House at 130 Kingsland Road. It outlines: “erection of a…

South Norwood claims it is nation’s real Lake District

South Norwood claims it is nation’s real Lake District

South Norwood has launched an unlikely challenge for the title of the nation’s Lake District. The South Norwood Tourist Board, set up by friends last year while in the pub, has sent a letter to Cumbrian authorities demanding they hand over the name. They pointed out that the Lake District…

Gordon Mac: Godfather of dance to soul pioneer

Gordon Mac: Godfather of dance to soul pioneer

The first thing you notice about Gordon Mac is the hair, and then the laugh. A bunch of stubby, silver dreads bound with a black hairband. Against his sharp suit, they suggest an interesting past. The laugh is boyish and infectious, a snicker. You can’t help but think of a…

Brockley campaign success against Heathrow flight path

Brockley campaign success against Heathrow flight path

Brockley residents can once again sleep sound, following months of campaigning against an overhead flight path. Heathrow began an Early Morning Noise Respite Trial on November 5th. On average, around seventeen flights arrive at the airport every morning between 4.30am and 6.00am. The trial was intended to provide residents below…

Disabled worst affected as East London boroughs amongst hardest hit by new bedroom tax

Disabled worst affected as East London boroughs amongst hardest hit by new bedroom tax

As the bedroom tax comes into effect this week ELL boroughs are among the hardest hit and two thirds of those affected are classed as disabled. Under the new system, housing benefit and unemployment claimants, living in social housing and deemed to have one spare room are set to lose…

Gove may write Mary Seacole out of history

Gove may write Mary Seacole out of history

Mary Seacole, the ‘black Florence Nightingale’, may be removed from the national curriculum raising the question, whose history are we teaching? With a revealing use of pronouns, Michael Gove, Minister for Education told the Conservative Party conference in 2010: “Children are growing up ignorant of one of the most inspiring…

Machines in east London bookies took £1.5bn last year

Machines in east London bookies took £1.5bn last year

Tyrone has missed his train. Turning right out of Whitechapel station, it’s just a few steps to a branch of William Hill, one of seven gambling outlets on this short stretch of road. With time to kill, he’s put £20 on the snooker, and now stands in the dingy basement,…

Apathy reigns in post-riots Croydon ahead of by-election

Apathy reigns in  post-riots Croydon ahead of by-election

    Ahead of the twelve-candidate Croydon North by-election on Thursday, sparked by the death of Malcolm Wicks MP, East London Lines visited the area to find out which issues are inspiring constituents to get out and vote, or not… Opposite Norwood Junction station, David and Phil stand outside The…

Blackheath Village library is saved by City bankers

Blackheath Village library is saved by City bankers

A library closed by Lewisham Council has re-opened as a charity run community centre this week, mostly funded by £500,000 of donations from City bankers. Blackheath Village library was one of five libraries to controversially have its funding removed in 2011 as part of the council’s £88m Government imposed budget cuts.…

Over 6000 households along the East London Line will be affected by benefits cap in April 2013

Over 6000 households along the East London Line will be affected by benefits cap in April 2013

More than 6,300 households across the Eastlondonlines boroughs have now been officially warned that they will be affected by the household benefit cap to be introduced in April 2013, according to new Figures collated by Eastlondonlines. All the households have received warning letters from the Department of Work and Pensions,…

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