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Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch is expecting a hotel boom with seven new hotels set to open in the area over the next two years. Many of these will be luxurious or “boutique” hotels, expanding tourists’ choice of upmarket accommodations in the diverse East End. Even though the arrival of new hotels is usually…

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

This year’s Hackney Youth Parliament election saw a record turnout as 24 11-19 year olds were elected to represent their borough. The elected representatives were announced on Wednesday, October 15 at the Forest Road Young Hackney Centre, and around 100 children turned up to hear the results. A 47 per cent…

Hackney Fashion Lab to support young designers

Hackney Fashion Lab to support young designers

The Trampery Fashion Lab launched on Tuesday in Hackney, attracting a curious crowd of students and designers excited to have the first look at the new project. The Fashion Lab, located at London Fields’ social enterprise site The Trampery, is now be open to the public offering work space and…

Hackney development gets shut down by council

Hackney development gets shut down by council

A development in Leswin Place, Stoke Newington, has been stopped by Hackney council because it is in breach of planning permission. Hackney Council issued a 28-day temporary Stop Notice to the developer on September 26, after receiving complaints by locals. A council spokesperson said: “This will be followed by an…

Stokey Local and Hackney in High Court battle

Stokey Local and Hackney in High Court battle

The development of a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Newington is being debated in the High Court right now (14-16 October). The people behind the Stokey Local campaign will argue that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s and 53 flats was unlawful. The…

Hackney teenager jailed after fatal stabbing

Hackney teenager jailed after fatal stabbing

A Hackney teenager was jailed for 17 years for stabbing a 20-year-old man in a gang-related crime. Daniel Campbell, 18, stabbed opposing gang member Lamarni Hylton-Reid outside a shop on Homerton High Street in an unprovoked attack on August 21 last year. CCTV captured the moments before the stabbing which…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Kidnapper escapes Homerton mental health centre

Kidnapper escapes Homerton mental health centre

Another patient of the Homerton mental health centre has  escaped during supervised leave five months after Samuel Lee, who served time for rape, and a year after Lerone Boye, a convicted killer, who was at large for three months. Shane Hart ran away on a group tour  and was last seen…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

East London Line boroughs have insufficient childcare for young children and struggling parents according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In the London Childcare report 2014 released by the Trust, statistics point out that the problem is particularly acute in Hackney, where the borough has insufficient childcare in 7 out…

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