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Four people hospitalised as tavern goes up in flames

Four people hospitalised as tavern goes up in flames

Nearly 60 firefighters were called to a huge blaze that ripped through a pub in Catford last night. Four people were taken to hospital due to light smoke inhalation as firefighters battled for over four hours to get the fire under control at the Catford Bridge Tavern on Doggett Road.…

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…

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

New kennels providing care for the 250 stray dogs abandoned each year in the borough opened in Hackney Marshes on Friday. The individually-heated kennels offer shelter to the neglected dogs while they receive veterinary care, micro-chipping and rehabilitation training. John Wheatley, head of environmental operations for Hackney Council is in…

Shoreditch residents draw ideas for better parks

Shoreditch residents draw ideas for better parks

Shoreditch residents are being asked to draw and write ideas on four giant white cubes to show how they would like their green spaces improved. The cubes have been installed in four local parks with the best ideas to be implemented by Park Hack. Park Hack is a partnership formed…

Co-operative’s solar powered estate a Hackney first

Co-operative’s solar powered estate a Hackney first

Hackney Council are pioneering green energy alternatives after the first solar powered estate in the borough was given the go ahead. The landmark ruling earlier this month granted permission to the Banister House Solar Co-operative’s project to control and manage their energy usage using solar panels. There are 15 young apprentices from the estate who are…

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