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Boroughs set out to outshine each other

Boroughs set out to outshine each other

Hackney is spending more than any other borough along the line in the competition for a brighter festive season. Tower Hamlets has spent “a modest £50,000″ on festive lights this year, compared to Hackney council, which has set aside £165,000 for 2011 festival lights.…

Ten entrepreneurs launch local businesses

Ten entrepreneurs launch local businesses

The Elevating Success enterprise programme toasted the achievements of ten men and women from south London who completed their scheme. Each hopeful entrepreneur is already preparing to launch his or her own profitable venture.…

Silicon Tower to rise over Old Street in 2016

Silicon Tower to rise over Old Street in 2016

A £160m residential tower is to be built near east London’s tech hub Silicon Roundabout.…

The Wenlock Arms issued with notice for demolition

The Wenlock Arms issued with notice for demolition

The owners of a Hackney pub The Wenlock Arms have served it with a notice for demolition despite the council’s rejection of a development plan.…

Tower of London could lose world heritage status as Tower Hamlets Council approves hotel

Tower of London could lose world heritage status as Tower Hamlets Council approves hotel

The Tower of London could lose its world heritage status after Tower Hamlets Council approved a nine-storey hotel just 150 yards away, campaigners claim. UNESCO officials inspected the World Heritage Site on Wednesday following a warning from the agency that new developments nearby endangered its status. Councillors voted last Monday…

Ethical trading comes to Old Spitalfields Market

Ethical trading comes to Old Spitalfields Market

A new shopping event promoting eco-friendly and ethical trading is coming to Old Spitalfields Market next year.…

Demolition of Jewish hospital to go ahead

Demolition of Jewish hospital to go ahead

The demolition of the last surviving Jewish maternity hospital, Mother Levy’s, will go ahead this month despite opposition from campaigners and councillors, it was announced this week.…

Business as usual despite crime rate drop

Business as usual despite crime rate drop

Crime rates in Dalston have dropped by over a third since a gang of drug dealers was taken off the streets in July, police statistics revealed this week. Yet traders on Ridley Road fear it could be too little too late.…

Centrale exhibits huge retail investment plans

Centrale exhibits huge retail investment plans

Plans for Croydon’s Centrale Shopping Centre set to cost £40million were unveiled this week.…

Hackney council launches Olympic app competition

Hackney council launches Olympic app competition

Hackney Council, Digital Shoreditch and ‘IC tomorrow’ have launched a competition to find the best way to guide visitors around Hackney during next year’s Olympics. Local groups are invited to produce smartphone apps and enter them into one of five categories: finding your way, making connections, citizen journalism, fun and…