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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…

Payday loan ads banned by Tower Hamlets Council

Payday loan ads banned by Tower Hamlets Council

Payday loan companies are officially banned from advertising on all council-owned property in Tower Hamlets, or setting up business in local authority property, following a vote taken on Wednesday evening. Council members voted in favour of a petition presented by Citizen UK to ban payday loan advertising on billboards, bus shelters,…

Female director appointed for Croydon regeneration plan

Female director appointed for Croydon regeneration plan

Croydon Council have appointed a new female executive director to oversee a £3bn regeneration plan for the borough. Jo Negrini, originally from Australia, formerly occupied the director of strategic regeneration role for Newham Council. During that time, she led the borough’s £1bn regeneration programme, which included development of the Olympic…