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Hackney Marshes plans: Public enquiry announced

Hackney Marshes plans: Public enquiry announced

The Planning Inspectorate announced this week that there will be a public enquiry into controversial plans to build a new car park on Hackney Marshes to serve sporting facilities. Local campaigners were notified by the Planning Inspectorate that the plans need further examination and may not be approved due to…

Voting opens for the Hackney Design Awards 2014

Voting opens for the Hackney Design Awards 2014

Hackney residents are being asked to cast their votes, to decide which building will be crowned People’s Choice at the Hackney Design Awards 2014. Following a record-breaking number of nominations this year, 16 buildings and spaces have been shortlisted by an expert judging panel, based on their innovative design and…

New initiative to make Hackney inclusive for seniors

New initiative to make Hackney inclusive for seniors

Hackney Circle, a social initiative for the over 60s, launched in Dalston Square today in an attempt to make the borough more inclusive for older residents. Large crowds gathered for the launch of the nine-week pilot scheme, which is free for all Hackney residents aged 60 and over. Hackney Circle will…

Restoration of iconic Dalston mural complete

Restoration of iconic Dalston mural complete

  The Dalston Peace Carnival Mural has been restored after several months of work and extensive planning. The mural, originally designed in 1983 by Ray Walker, had been gradually coming away from the brick building at 15 Dalston Lane. Holes were carefully drilled in the brickwork before mortar was pumped…

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

The London Fields Lido is being refurbished with increased lighting facilities in order to extend opening hours in the upcoming winter months. The heated outdoor pool will be outfitted with new floodlight columns to grant swimmers year-round access between the hours of 6:30am and 9pm beginning in December. Councillor Jonathan McShane,…

Street art celebrates British inventors at Invictus Games

Street art celebrates British inventors at Invictus Games

A live street art spectacle kicked off in Hackney Wick today as the Invictus Games began, welcoming visitors to London’s most creative borough as they walked through to the games’ venues. Over three days artists will be creating a piece along the path towards Here East, a technology and design…

Crowds celebrate second Chatsworth Road Festival

Crowds celebrate second Chatsworth Road Festival

Over a 500 people and 25 of their canine companions attended the second annual Chatsworth Road Festival in Hackney at the weekend, aimed at celebrating the area’s diverse community. The one-day event on Saturday, organised by the Chatsworth Road Traders’ & Residents’ Association, kicked off with a football match to raise…

Hackney man arrested as part of counterfeit medicines gang

Hackney man arrested as part of counterfeit medicines gang

A man from Hackney has been arrested for money-laundering as part of a pan-European police investigation into an organised crime gang behind the multi-million pound sale of counterfeit medicines online. The 62-year-old man was arrested on Monday morning along with another man in Barnet as officers from the London Regional…

Decaying Stoke Newington garage on sale for £359,950

Decaying Stoke Newington garage on sale for £359,950

A single story garage in Hackney has gone on the property market for just under £360,000 this week. The building, which is located in Springdale Mews, Stoke Newington, is no more than 32ft deep by 20ft wide with an internal area of 640sqft, and is noticeably run-down and damaged. Yet Courtneys…

Terrapin round-up aims to relocate unruly reptiles

Terrapin round-up aims to relocate unruly reptiles

Geriatric terrapins plaguing Stoke Newington’s Clissold Park are to be forced into retirement after claims they are terrorising local wildlife. The creatures make popular pets but dozens have been released into the park’s ponds by owners who no longer wanted them. Even though they originate from North and South America,…