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No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

Hackney Council has introduced smoke-free zones in the parts of Clissold Park used extensively by children. This extends the existing smoking ban operating in the play areas of 13 major parks across the borough. The smoke free zone seeks to avoid children being exposed to smoking as, according to Hackney Council,…

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

Croydon garage owner fined £7,000 for fly-tipping

  A South Croydon garage owner has been ordered to pay almost £7,000 after being found guilty of illegally dumping trade waste and old car parts. Ramiz Laci, 39, of Haling Park Road, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5…

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

An ‘Urban Garden’ event was held this week at Dalston Roof Park and featured many gardening activities and debates on urban agriculture and design. Little Bee Community and Bootstrap Bee Garden the organisers of the event on July 17, have been working to encourage more green spaces, help bees and share…

Tree preservation group win against insurance company

Tree preservation group win against insurance company

Hackney Council issued a Tree Preservation Order after a local campaign group worked relentlessly to save a row of mature and rare trees from being felled by Zurich Insurance Group. The campaigners, coined the ‘Crabtrees’, are a group of neighbours from Cranwich Road in Hackney. The group was formed over…

Crystal Palace – ‘Information Project’ Debate Held

Crystal Palace – ‘Information Project’ Debate Held

  The Information Project, a local organisation promoting public opinion on the future of Crystal Palace Park, held its first public debate this week. A new proposal for the Crystal Palace Park was announced in July 2013 when the Chinese Company,  ZhongRong Group, introduced a plan to redevelop the Crystal Palace that burnt…

East End to be transformed by fifty-five tower blocks

East End to be transformed by fifty-five tower blocks

Tower Hamlets is top location in London for tower blocks, with 55 currently in the pipeline a survey has revealed. Data compiled by New London Architecture (NLA) shows that the capital is about to experience a surge in high rise buildings, 236 to be precise, which if completed will have…

Lewisham second worst borough for tree felling

Lewisham second worst borough for tree felling

Vulnerable Lewisham residents who suffer from heart and lung conditions could face an increased respiratory risk this summer, after it is revealed the borough is the second worst for tree felling in the capital. Data released through the Freedom of Information Act showed that Lewisham Council planted 139 street trees but felled…

Depford Shanty Crew contest Convoys Wharf plan in song

Depford Shanty Crew contest Convoys Wharf plan in song

The Deptford Shanty Crew has joined the local protest against the Convoys Wharf regeneration plan with its new song “Deptford Dockyard”, which was released online last week. The song, written and performed by the Crew, criticises Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision in October to put Deptford Dockyard’s regeneration plan into the…

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Three buildings in the EastLondonlines boroughs have been recognised for their “outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment”. The Civic Trust has commended the St Andrews Residential Development in Tower Hamlets, The New Generation Youth and Community Centre (TNG) in Lewisham, and the Thomas Fairchild Community…

People Before Profit to contest Convoys Wharf plans

People Before Profit to contest Convoys Wharf plans

Lewisham People Before Profit will be calling for changes in the Convoys Wharf regeneration plan during London Mayor Boris Johnson’s representation hearing at the end of the month. The hearing is scheduled for March 31 and is likely to be the decisive hearing on the future of the former Deptford…

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