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Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Green activists have lost a seven-year battle to stop an incinerator from being built in Croydon, after the High Court threw out their appeal on Tuesday. Shasha Khan of the Green Party, who is running in the coming general election to represent Croydon North in Westminster, said he was “very…

ELL goes to Delhi: waste dumping scandal

ELL goes to Delhi: waste dumping scandal

This week the team behind Eastlondlines has been working with journalism students at Jamia Millia Ismalia University in Delhi to produce the Delhi Gazette, a website much like ELL and covering stories in the Indian capital. Many of these stories reflect the same issues and events that are found in…

New pit-stop for cyclists in gear for installation

New pit-stop for cyclists in gear for installation

Hackney’s first on-street “parklets” are to be installed now that the council and charity, Sustrans, have commissioned a firm of cycle parking designers to take on the project. Cyclehoop were appointed to design and build the parklet, a space of bike racks and benches for cyclers to have a place…

Residents campaign for a sustainable future

Residents campaign for a sustainable future

Residents and campaigners from across Hackney are gearing up to represent the community in the People’s Climate March this weekend. Campaign group, Sustainable Hackney, are looking forward to leading the local convoy in the procession through central London on March 7. The group increases awareness and understanding of environmental issues…

Skyscrapers “tear the heart” out of Shoreditch, says mayor

Skyscrapers “tear the heart” out of Shoreditch, says mayor

A plan to build two skyscrapers in Shoreditch is being met with resistance from the Mayor of Hackney, who launched a campaign to stop the development. In a change.org petition meant to encourage London Mayor Boris Johnson to withdraw his support from the scheme, Mayor Jules Pipe said the towers…

Questions raised over Island Gardens £70,000 ‘bandstand’

Questions raised over Island Gardens £70,000 ‘bandstand’

Residents around Island Gardens in Tower Hamlets have complained about the “bandstand” erected in the park that cost the council £70,000. To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the park, locals had planned to install a structure where a 29-piece brass band could play. However, they were in for a shock…

Incinerator protestors “forced” to leave meeting

Incinerator protestors “forced” to leave meeting

Protestors against the building of an incinerator in Croydon found themselves removed from a South London Waste Partnership committee meeting which they described as “unsatisfactory”. Following the leak of documents, which showed prospects of bigger and noisier incinerators being built in Sutton, Stop the Incinerator campaigners gathered at the SLWP…

Council to consult residents on proposed road scheme

Council to consult residents on proposed road scheme

A consultation has been launched into a new £85 million road-scheme set to pass through Croydon. The consultation, launched last week, will run until March 15. If the proposal goes ahead, it could help cut journey times and meet the increase in demand driven by growth in the local population.…

Parking permits will now depend on pollution levels

Parking permits will now depend on pollution levels

  Hackney Council has approved higher parking permit charges that will be come into effect by 2017. The higher charges will mean that cars that pollute more have to pay more. Cars built before 2001 will now move up a band in the charging scheme, reflecting the levels of CO2…

Croydon and Hackney ‘green spaces’ projects in competition for Mayor’s Big Green Fund £900,000 prize

Croydon and Hackney ‘green spaces’ projects in competition for Mayor’s Big Green Fund £900,000 prize

Croydon and Hackney are among seven boroughs that are competing for £900,000 from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund. The Croydon-based “Access to Wandle Park” project and the “Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway” plan in Hackney are among those in the running for up to £175,000 investment from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund…

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