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“Last sex cinema in London” applies for full club licence

“Last sex cinema in London” applies for full club licence

An unlicensed sex cinema in New Cross, billed as the last of its kind in London, has now applied to become a fully licensed club. Club 487 was reportedly set up by the proprietors of porn cinema Mr B’s in Islington, which closed down in July last year. The new…

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will support plans for a ‘Growth Zone’ in Croydon as part of a larger regeneration plan happening in the borough. The scheme involves collecting local taxes from a stamp duty pilot, which is estimated at £100 million in the next 20 years, to accelerate…

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

Leaks published last week by an international collaboration of journalists revealed how Canary Wharf-based, British bank, HSBC – one of the largest banks in the world – helped wealthy clients evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax. David Leigh, one of the journalists who worked on the investigation…

Brockley chippy hands out free chips to celebrate award

Brockley chippy hands out free chips to celebrate award

Lewisham fish-and-chip shop, Brockley’s Rock, has been named winner of “Best Chippy Chips in London” for the second year running in the Choice Chip Awards. The award ceremony is hosted each year during Chip Week, which runs from February 16 to February 22, with businesses entering across the country. Entrants…

Established vendors fear closure of historical market

Established vendors fear closure of historical market

Dalston’s Kingsland Waste general goods market could be set to close after Loving Dalston revealed a potential plan to shut down the market and revamp it with new vendors and marked price items. The market has seen a decline in vendors in recent weeks and vendors have been told that their licenses…

Hi-tech companies to teach coding to schoolchildren

Hi-tech companies to teach coding to schoolchildren

Companies including Samsung and Code Club Pro have launched a competition with Hackney Council that will enable pupils aged five to eighteen to submit their ideas for a new computer game. The winner of the contest will then work with Technology Will Save Us, a technology start-up that will help…

Council and Rich Mix in four-year loan repayment dispute

Council and Rich Mix in four-year loan repayment dispute

  An arts centre could face closure if they do not pay back an £850,000 loan they received in 2002 from Tower Hamlets Council. Rich Mix, based in Shoreditch, has decided to publicise the details of the dispute with the council dating back to 2011. Rich Mix said the council…

£26 million deal to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

£26 million deal  to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

The industrial firm, Bouygues have agreed to a £26.6million contract from an American tycoon to build a new boutique hotel in Shoreditch. This is one of the seven luxury hotels to be built in the boom of Shoreditch hotels. The luxury hotel on Curtain Road will include 120 rooms, a…

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

An application to build seven towers between Shoreditch and Spitalfields has raised concerns about affordable housing and the gentrification in one of London’s poorest areas. Only 10 per cent of the homes in the Goods Yard development will be allocated to affordable housing. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has…

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

Eastlondonlines boroughs are to be among the worst affected by next year’s budget cuts for local authorities. The Government has announced that on average local council’s in England will have their funding cut by 1.8 per cent from 2015. Croydon will face the average cut rate, Tower Hamlets’ spending will…