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Plans for Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s thrown out by councillors at town hall meeting

Plans for Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s thrown out by councillors at town hall meeting

Controversial plans to build a Sainsbury’s in the centre of Stoke Newington have been thrown out in a vote by councillors on Wednesday. Some 200 members of the public attended the meeting at Hackney Town Hall, in which plans for the development at Wilmer Place were rejected by a majority…

Hackney and Croydon see snowfall on Easter weekend

Hackney and Croydon see snowfall on Easter weekend

The bookies may have lowered their odds on a white Easter, but it looks like they spoke too soon as parts of east London and Croydon defy the rainy bank holiday tradition in favour of snowfall. Snow has been falling lightly in Hackney and Croydon, in between sunny spells, despite…

Survey: Croydon ‘one of worst areas to live in UK’

Survey: Croydon ‘one of worst areas to live in UK’

Croydon and east London have been voted the two worst areas to live in the UK, according to a survey released yesterday.…

Don’t worry, be happy: it’s International Happiness Day

Don’t worry, be happy: it’s International Happiness Day

Today is International Happiness Day – the first ever formal celebration of humankind’s quest for contentment. The UN resolution that was unanimously passed last March to introduce the day stated that: “The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal”. The proposals were initially put forward by the small, Himalayan…

Thousands of Hackney residents will be affected by tax changes in April says Mayor Jules Pipe at public meeting

Thousands of Hackney residents will be affected by tax changes in April says Mayor Jules Pipe at public meeting

Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe has told local residents that “thousands” of people in the borough would be affected by welfare cuts coming into force next month. At a public meeting on Tuesday, held by the North London and Stoke Newington Labour Party, Pipe told the audience: “Normally, a Tory Government…

Planning changes cause conflict in Stamford Hill

Planning changes cause conflict in Stamford Hill

As tensions rise over proposed planning changes in Stamford Hill, planning minister Nick Boles has come out against community forums that lead to divisions in communities. Boles told The Guardian that the forums – made possible under the 2011 Localism Act – were intended to encourage members of communities “to…

Liberal Democrats reject neighbourhood forum

Liberal Democrats reject neighbourhood forum

Hackney’s Liberal Democrat Party has withdrawn support for a proposed “Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum” which is hoping to take on local development, under the terms of the Localism Act 2011. The Liberal Democrats brand the plans as “vague and unprofessional”, “too large” and “undemocratic”. The one Liberal Democrat councillor who…

Taking a beak at this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch

Taking a beak at this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend is the RSPB‘s 34th Big Garden Birdwatch across the UK. Eastlondonlines spoke to local bird expert David Mooney about what the capital’s birdlife is likely to look like in 2013, and why East London is a special place for our feathered friends.…

Meeting planned to fight ‘top led’ public planning forum

Meeting planned to fight ‘top led’ public planning forum

A meeting is to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) in opposition to a proposed ‘Stamford Hill neighbourhood forum’ which, if approved, will take over planning decisions in Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Clapton and Manor House. The forum proposals were submitted to Hackney council in December by a committee made up of…

ELL meets the men behind Hackney’s Neturei Karta

ELL meets the men behind Hackney’s Neturei Karta

In an unassuming corner-house in the maze of terraces in Stamford Hill lives a man who, despite his sombre dress and quiet courtesy, knows how to make the headlines. On December 27th, to mark the third anniversary of attacks on Gaza, he joined others gathered outside London’s Israeli Embassy to…

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