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Haggerston Baths might no longer be a pool

Haggerston Baths might no longer be a pool

Hackney Council is seeking “expressions of interest” for the re-development of Haggerston Baths but has given no assurance that it will remain a swimming pool. Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “We will only consider working with an appropriate partner, such as someone who is prepared to use the building for…

Solar energy project makes final fundraising push

Solar energy project makes final fundraising push

Residents of Banister House Estate in Hackney are making a final push to meet their fundraising target of £142,000 to build what would be the UK’s largest community owned solar energy project on social housing. Repowering London, a non-profit organisation who has coordinated the project with local residents, had raised…

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Artists in Hackney’s Cremer Street Studios are facing a difficult choice: support demolition of the building or vacate their studios in less than two months. The artists in the building were told by their landlords, JD Simmons and Regal Homes, to sign a letter stating they will not oppose development…

The cafe where death is on the menu

The cafe where death is on the menu

Death is not usually a topic you discuss over tea and cupcakes in a cafe, but that was what 25 people gathered to do in Hackney on Tuesday afternoon. In between nibbles, they talked candidly about the anguish of seeing a loved one suffer and deteriorate physically and mentally,  the…

An all-Hackney London Mayoral contest?

An all-Hackney London Mayoral contest?

The 2016 London Mayoral Election could turn into a local battle as two strong Hackney candidates seek for nomination. Both Conservative Andrew Boff and Labour Diane Abbott are looking to replace Boris Johnson. Who will not contest the next mayoral election after his election as MP for Uxbridge and South…

Boy in critical condition after Clapton Common car collision

Boy in critical condition after Clapton Common car collision

Update, Wednesday 4.26pm: The Met Police confirm the boy’s condition is now stable, although they can’t yet release his name. Before: A boy of seven is in a critical condition after he was hit by a car at Clapton Common Monday evening. Paramedics treated the boy for “leg and facial injuries,”…

Eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch pop-up store

Eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch pop-up store

Imagine having the most important meal of the day in a café where you get to lay in a comfy bed, instead of just sitting in a chair. IKEA has opened a pop-up store with eight beds, where they will be serving food and giving sleeping tips during the next…

Patient escapes from mental health unit in Hackney

Patient escapes from mental health unit in Hackney

  Police urge the public not to approach Jason Peirara, who absconded from a mental health unit in Hackney yesterday, while they attempt to trace him. Jason Peirara, aged 32, disappeared during a period of escorted leave from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Hackney. He is described as…

HER cafe in Hackney removes ‘Tory tax’ sign

HER cafe in Hackney removes ‘Tory tax’ sign

HER Cafe, a coffee shop in Hackney who asked customers to “identify themselves” as Conservative voters and pay a “10% Tory tax”, has taken the sign down. The sign placed outside the shop read: “Please could anyone who voted conservative identify themselves on entering my shop. I will be happy…

Stokey Local agrees to continue engagement in community

Stokey Local agrees to continue engagement in community

“It took me a while to realise, we have lost in court but effectively we have won”, said campaign leader Nick Perry in his speech at St Paul’s Church West Hackney. The proposed unloved building will come but at least changes were made and – most importantly – Sainsbury’s stays…