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Councils visit letting agents to make sure books are open

Councils visit letting agents to make sure books are open

Residential letting agents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney are being monitoring by the local authorities in both areas to  check their compliance with new legislation which requires all fees and costs associated with rental agreements to be clearly available to prospective tenants. The recent addition to the Consumer Rights Act…

Hackney bows to critics and removes ‘rough sleepers’ from anti social behaviour order

Hackney bows to critics and removes ‘rough sleepers’ from anti social behaviour order

Hackney Council has bowed to pressure from charities and community groups and removed references to ‘rough sleepers’ from the Public Space Protection order that came into effect earlier this month. The original measure attracted a petition of opposition which has been signed by more than 80,000 people, including pop star Ellie…

Busy Hackney locals encouraged to volunteer

Busy Hackney locals encouraged to volunteer

A range of  volunteering opportunities for people short of time, including ongoing support for formerly homeless people and providing mentors to children, were on show during this week’s volunteer fair in Hackney. Read a Goldsmiths student’s firs hand account of his volunteering experience for the Red Cross. The fair, which took place on 2…

Enthusiasts gather in Hackney for the fourth annual cycling conference

Enthusiasts gather in Hackney for the fourth annual cycling conference

Cyclists campaigners and enthusiasts from all over London and the world will be gathering in the borough today for the fourth Hackney Cycling Conference. “We want to be the best place in the UK for cycling,’’ said a spokesman for the Conference, which takes place at Hackney Picture House. This…

Ellie Goulding attacks Hackney for controversial measure which critics say ‘criminalises’ homeless people

Ellie Goulding attacks Hackney for controversial measure which critics say ‘criminalises’ homeless people

Pop star Ellie Goulding has joined in the protest over the Public Space Protection Order that came into effect in large parts of Hackney last month which critics say penalises homeless people. The measure aims to crack down on anti social behaviour, including begging and rough sleeping. In a series of…

Locals fight canalside redevelopment plan

Locals fight canalside redevelopment plan

Residents and community groups are fighting a canalside redevelopment plan in Hackney, which could leave more than 20 people homeless. They say the plan by Orsman Properties LLP to redevelop studio buildings on the southern side of the Regent’s Canal in Orsman Road in Hackney will disrupt the local community…

Hackney and Tower Hamlets awarded funds to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping

Hackney and Tower Hamlets awarded funds to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping

New funds have been awarded to Hackney and Tower Hamlets to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the boroughs. Both boroughs and the City of London have received £330,000 to run a joint project dealing with the expanding challenge of rough sleepers in the area. The funding comes from the Department…

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED festival survives after a successful second meeting with eager artists and community members. The event will transform into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) open studio, where people are invited to enjoy art, meet artists and purchase pieces. Many displayed a strong interest in the small-scale event during a meeting held last…

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Trains between Liverpool Street station and Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford will be taken over by Transport for London this weekend. This could mean more frequent trains arriving at Hackney stations along the route. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) announced that passengers are set to benefit from cheaper…

Co-working ‘tree office’ to open in Hoxton Square

Co-working ‘tree office’ to open in Hoxton Square

Hackney will open London’s first ‘tree office’ in Hoxton Square on 1 June. The new pop-up co-working space, branded TREExOFFICE, is being built around a tree trunk and will provide working spaces for businesses and the Hackney community as a response to the shortage of offices in the borough. The ‘tree…