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“Controversial” forum denied planning rights

“Controversial” forum denied planning rights

Residents of Stamford Hill will not be able to have a direct say over planning rights because they cannot reach an agreement among themselves, Hackney Council has ruled. Two opposing proposals for the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum were rejected on the grounds that neither have received widespread support from the…

New Era residents face their last Christmas at home

New Era residents face their last Christmas at home

New Era residents are facing up to what could be their last Christmas on the Hoxton estate after the area’s owners confirmed that no change would be made to tenancy agreements before 2015. Westbrook Estate, the sole owners of New Era after the Benyon Estate sold its stake earlier in…

Geffrye Museum celebrates 400 years of Christmas

Geffrye Museum celebrates 400 years of Christmas

Illuminated reindeers in the garden, Father Christmas themed pub-crawls, last-minute present shopping on Amazon – we all have our personal traditions over the festive season. However, the Geffrye Museum will take visitors on a trip back in time this winter to see what Christmas has been like in English middle-class…

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

A Hackney councillor failed to manage a “conflict of interest” between a charity and his estate agency, a Charity Commission report has found. A homeless man was referred from Michael Desmond’s charity, House the Homeless, to estate agency On the House, also owned by the councillor. Desmond, the former speaker…

Proud Archivist’s Eureka exhibition is a bright idea

Proud Archivist’s Eureka exhibition is a bright idea

Unseen designs for lava lamps, Superman and more will go on display next week at a new exhibition showcasing some of modern history’s defining moments. The Eureka Moments exhibition opens November 25 at the Proud Archivist in Shoreditch and includes original sketches and notes from the innovators behind the Shanghai…

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

New kennels providing care for the 250 stray dogs abandoned each year in the borough opened in Hackney Marshes on Friday. The individually-heated kennels offer shelter to the neglected dogs while they receive veterinary care, micro-chipping and rehabilitation training. John Wheatley, head of environmental operations for Hackney Council is in…

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

In a small fishing village a mysterious wanderer takes refuge from a storm in a local tavern. There he tells a series of tales and draws his audience into a fantastical world of mermaids, monsters and strangers from the sea. “Tales from the Deep”, a graphic novel anthology which will…

Nitrous oxide no laughing matter for Shoreditch police

Nitrous oxide no laughing matter for Shoreditch police

Police are cracking down on “laughing gas” vendors in Shoreditch, after an anti-social behaviour act gave officers new powers. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is a legal high inhaled using balloons or canisters, which is named as a result of the temporary “giggling” effect it can produce. Hackney police have described…

TfL to consult public over Cycle Superhighway One plan

TfL to consult public over Cycle Superhighway One plan

Transport for London will hold a public consultation on plans to build a new cycle superhighway, linking parts of Hackney to the City, before the end of the year. Construction could begin as early as June 2015 if the plans are approved, with work being completed in April 2016. The…

Hackney men jailed for abusing Southend minors

Hackney men jailed for abusing Southend minors

Two Hackney men have been sentenced to a combined 20 years in prison at Basildon Crown Court today for grooming and sexually abusing underage girls in Southend, Essex. 45 year-old Colin Trotman, and 56 year-old Glenn Dyett will be serving 14 and 6 years for their crimes respectively. Trotman, of…