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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…

Cyclists put safety proposals to election candidates

Cyclists put safety proposals to election candidates

Cyclists from Lewisham gathered yesterday to discuss proposals to pitch to candidates in the upcoming local elections. Lewisham Cyclists, as part of the Space for Cycling campaign, invited residents from all over the borough to meet at the borough town hall to discuss changes. The proposals aim to transform Lewisham…

Blackstock Road still closed after major pipe explosion

Blackstock Road still closed after major pipe explosion

A busy shopping street on the border of Hackney is still closed after becoming flooded due to a pipe explosion on Wednesday morning. Blackstock Road, bordered by boroughs Hackney and Islington, was deluged by water after heavy rainfall put pressure on the Victorian pipes outside the City and Islington College at…

Fox hunter responds to growth in urban areas

Fox hunter responds to growth in urban areas

  Densely populated areas like Croydon have become a haven for foxes according to a pest control expert. The culling of urban foxes has split public opinion. Critics say that the animals are not usually a threat unless threatened themselves. Advocates for culling have warned that foxes can be dangerous…