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Stepney residents in battle over faulty lift

Stepney residents in battle over faulty lift

The managers of a five-storey social housing estate have been forced to apologise after a lift serving 50 families stayed out of order since February.…

With stars in their A’s, Mossbourne students aim for University courses

With stars in their A’s, Mossbourne students aim for University courses

An ecstatic Isobella Gillies can now dream higher and take a shot at Cambridge instead of Bristol. But Bodhraj Jaman is on tenterhooks: will his B in physics still allow him a shot at civil engineering at Bristol? As students of Hackney’s Mossbourne Community Academy started getting their A level…

House of Reeves boss invited to Olympics finale

House of Reeves boss invited to Olympics finale

The owner of the 147-year-old Croydon furniture store, which was burnt down during last summer’s riots has been invited to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games on August 12.…

Tower Hamlets charity wins ‘Big Society’ award

Tower Hamlets charity wins ‘Big Society’ award

A charity in Tower Hamlets’ is the latest winner of Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ award in recognition of its community work in the area. City Gateway offers disadvantaged people an opportunity to improve their future through community events, drop-in youth clubs, apprenticeship schemes and a social enterprise hub.…

Riots Anniversary: Painful memories for House of Reeves

Riots Anniversary: Painful memories for House of Reeves

Every day as Maurice Reeves drives to work, the last part when he has to walk to his furniture store after parking the car, is a painful experience. The 81-year-old will never forget last summer when the main House of Reeves shop, which his family founded and had ran for…

Tower Hamlets social housing repairs criticised

Tower Hamlets social housing repairs criticised

Tower Hamlets Labour Group has accused the council of rushing ahead with its renovation of social housing under the national Decent Homes scheme, without keeping in mind quality standards. Labour claims that Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, is seeking to make a political gain by maximising the number…

Police shut down three Lewisham businesses

Police shut down three Lewisham businesses

Police have closed three businesses on Upper Brockley Road, Lewisham, after magistrates granted a closure application. Notices were served on Super Cuts off-licence, the Honey Pot restaurant and Gold Crest plumbers following repeated complaints from the community over the past three years relating to drug abuse offences and anti-social behaviour, the police…

A sporting future for Lewisham’s school children

A sporting future for Lewisham’s school children

The sun is shining when Ethan Mayer climbs the podium. Beads of sweat glisten on his forehead and he is short of breath but Ethan still manages to smile at the cheering crowd. Just minutes before, the 10-year-old boy from a school in Lewisham, had put the athletics track on…

Tower Hamlets’ markets in line for regeneration

Tower Hamlets’ markets in line for regeneration

Tower Hamlet’s markets will be among some of the nation’s high streets to receive an investment of £100,000 as part of a pilot regeneration scheme.  The government funding is part of a £1.5 million scheme headed up by consumer queen Mary Portas and is designed to revive flagging high streets…

Tower Hamlets plan for new conservation area

Tower Hamlets plan for new conservation area

Tower Hamlets Council has started plans for a  new  conservation area  near to  the Olympic Park.…