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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…

Quick cash causes downward spiral of debt in Lewisham

Quick cash causes downward spiral of debt in Lewisham

Lewisham tops the league for payday loan debts as the Government announces plans to curb the lenders. EastLondonLines investigates. Visit any high street in Lewisham and you will see brightly coloured signs inviting you to “Come on in, get up to £2,500 cash”, or promising “Up to £1,000 for any…

Popular restaurant goes it alone after pop-up success

Popular restaurant goes it alone after pop-up success

It’s been over six months since Rita’s waved goodbye to its temporary pop-up home inside Dalston venue Birthdays, and the time has come for its four directors to welcome old aficionados and passers-by to the restaurant’s newly opened location in Mare Street, Hackney. Its Fried Chicken rolls rode the recent…

£1bn plan approved to transform Croydon centre

£1bn plan approved to transform Croydon centre

A £1bn plan that will transform the centre of Croydon has been approved after council members voted unanimously in favour at a planning committee meeting on Monday. Croydon Partnership, a joint venture between the developers of Westfield Stratford City, Westfield Group and retail property specialist, Hammerson, made the proposal. Over…