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Labour initiates parliamentary debate over their plans to curb bookmakers and fixed-odds betting terminals

Labour initiates parliamentary debate over their plans to curb bookmakers and fixed-odds betting terminals

Labour leader David Miliband has initiated a debate in parliament on Labour’s proposal to restrict the growth of bookmakers and fixed-odds betting terminals. If Labour regain power, they have promised to change planning laws across Britain, allowing councils to prohibit or reduce the amount of bookmakers and fixed-odds betting terminals…

Oslo in Hackney: Nightspot to open after demolition delay

Oslo in Hackney: Nightspot to open after demolition delay

A new Hackney nightspot has announced its rescheduled opening having overcome delays caused by the partial collapse of buildings on Amhurst Road in November. The opening of ‘Oslo’ was originally scheduled for December 2013 but was postponed due to Hackney Council’s decision to carry out urgent demolition works on nearby…

Wapping Project to close following disputes

Wapping Project to close following disputes

Restaurant, gallery and performance space, the Wapping Project, is closing its doors this month after a three-year-long dispute with complaining neighbours, EastLondonLines can confirm. When Jules Wright, founder and creative director of the gallery found the disused and derelict Hydraulic Power Station, it was listed as an ‘English Heritage Building…

Local campaigners criticise Whitechapel masterplan

Local campaigners criticise Whitechapel masterplan

  A £900m ‘Masterplan’ for the regeneration of Whitechapel was approved at last week’s cabinet meeting, despite criticism from local campaigners. Tower Hamlets council’s Whitechapel Vision Masterplan will provide 3,500 new homes and an estimated 5,000 new jobs. The council’s Supplementary Planning Document, which explains how Whitechapel will be regenerated,…

Londoners buy their street burgers using Bitcoins

Londoners buy their street burgers using Bitcoins

“That’ll be 0.01426 Bitcoins for your burger please.” Shoreditch street-food vender Tom Reaney is providing his technology loving customers with a new and fun way to buy their burgers. Reaney, 28, from Peckham, is the first street food vendor to start accepting Bitcoin as an alternative to the Pound at…

Youth theatre project aims to preserve Catford history

Youth theatre project aims to preserve Catford history

Lewisham Youth Theatre wants residents to share their memories of Catford to create a production about the area’s history. The drama group, based at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, will start the project next month. Artistic director, Helen Stanley, is inviting the local community to share their memories and photographs…

Miliband visits Crystal Palace for Small Business Saturday

Miliband visits Crystal Palace for Small Business Saturday

Labour leader Ed Miliband went Christmas shopping in Croydon today to mark the UK’s first national Small Business Saturday. Miliband, guided by local labour MPs, visited a number of independent shops in Crystal Palace buying Christmas ham, toys and books to show his support of the event. He tweeted during…

The Crystal Palace Pound: local currency considered

The Crystal Palace Pound: local currency considered

The possibility of introducing a Crystal Palace pound was put forward in a debate at the Crystal Palace and Norwood Chamber of Commerce last night. Those in favour hope that the currency would encourage residents and businesses to buy locally, following the success of the Brixton pound introduced four years…

Business Awards 2014 open for applications

Business Awards 2014 open for applications

The Croydon Business Awards 2014 are now open to nominees, following an official launch at Fairfields Halls last night. The annual event, organised by Prospects Business Support, recognises business achievements such as ‘Commitment to the Community’, ‘Best Green Business’, and ‘Best Business for Training and Development’. “People should enter to…

Maddy’s Fish Bar asks investors to chip-in

Maddy’s Fish Bar asks investors to chip-in

For most people, opening a restaurant at the tender age of 22 would involve a hefty loan or a trip to the Bank of Mum and Dad, but Maddy Inoue has different ideas. For the opening of her first restaurant, Maddy’s Fish Bar, the Deptford-based chef is relying on the…