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Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

An ‘Urban Garden’ event was held this week at Dalston Roof Park and featured many gardening activities and debates on urban agriculture and design. Little Bee Community and Bootstrap Bee Garden the organisers of the event on July 17, have been working to encourage more green spaces, help bees and share…

Hackney University Technical College to close

Hackney University Technical College to close

A low student intake this year has forced the decision to close Hackney University Technical College (HUTC) just two years after it opened its gates to students. The decision comes after the failure of the school- the first of the government’s technical colleges in London – to anticipate that students…

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, has welcomed plans for Crossrail 2 but raised concerns that the development of the tube line may push house prices up in the borough. Plans are well underway for the underground tube line between south-west and north-east London, which will link Hackney to central London…

UK Voice star sings praises of Hackney Youth Parliament

UK Voice star sings praises of Hackney Youth Parliament

Jermain Jackman, winner of the UK Voice, has encouraged young residents to get involved in the Hackney Youth Parliament (HYP). Jackman, 19, who was coached by singer Will.i.am on the hit BBC talent contest, was an elected member of the HYP from 2010 to 2012. “I started my journey with…

Schools, libraries and fire stations hit in ELL boroughs as public sector workers stage nationwide protest

Schools, libraries and fire stations hit in ELL boroughs as public sector workers stage nationwide protest

Hundreds of discontented public sector workers took to the picket lines across the EastLondonlines boroughs as part of the national strike over pay and conditions. Schools, libraries, fire stations, leisure centres and local authority offices such as housing offices across the boroughs were all affected by the walkout. Nine out…

Council launches living wage project for 100 youngsters

Council launches living wage project for 100 youngsters

Hackney Council has launched a work project that offers 100 job placements with a “London Living Wage” of £8.80 an hour for students aged 16 and 17. Called the Hackney 100 Project, the initiative provides four hours’ work a week for young people starting in September and for a minimum…

More than a quarter of Hackney children ‘overweight’

More than a quarter of Hackney children ‘overweight’

More than a quarter of all children in Hackney are “overweight or obese” when they start school, according to a new health report. The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Hackney and the City of London, says Hackney has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity…

Thousands to line the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets today as the Tour de France comes to London

Thousands to line the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets today as the Tour de France comes to London

Many thousands of local people are expected to line the streets of  Hackney and Tower Hamlets today to welcome the world’s cycling elite and the 101st Tour de France as it passes through London. Today the two boroughs will form parts of the final 96-mile third stage of the three-days…

Poll backs Abbott as Labour’s London Mayoral choice

Poll backs Abbott as Labour’s London Mayoral choice

  Dianne Abbott, the long serving MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington could become the Labour candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral elections according to a recent YouGov poll. Over 1,000 London adults were asked chose between Abbot and former Olympics supremo Tessa Jowell MP as the best Labour…

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Large crowds turned out yesterday to support the 12, 000 runners who braved the heat to take part in the first Run Hackney half marathon. The race started and finished on Hackney Marsh and took runners through Hackney Downs, past the Hackney Empire and on to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…