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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…

Queen’s award for Croydon conservation volunteers

Queen’s award for Croydon conservation volunteers

A volunteer group that looks after one of Croydon’s biological sites is due to be recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The Friends of Croham Hurst Woods, who have been taking care of Croydon’s woodland site, will be presented with the award for outstanding service to the community. The Queen’s Award…

Calls to tackle Hackney air pollution after 66 deaths

Calls to tackle Hackney air pollution after 66 deaths

Hackney is facing a serious air pollution problem, which has caused 66 deaths in the borough alone this year. Air pollution on most of London’s roads is twice the EU legal limit, an issue that is having a toxic affect on the population. The ‘Campaign for Clean Air in London’…

Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets has been crowned the nation’s favourite park in this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Now a two-time winner of the prize, it was awarded best park in the country with a record-breaking 32,694 votes being cast in four weeks. EastLondonLines went to find out why Vicky…

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

One of Croydon’s most remarkable parks has been shortlisted for an award that recognizes exceptional landscape design and architecture. Wandle Park is running for this year’s Landscape Institute Award in the category  for large-scale public development. The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects. They work to…

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

“Stop the Incinerator”  campaign’s judicial review, of Croydon and Sutton councils, is under threat due to a lack of funding. After six years of campaigning, Green Party activist Shasha Khan and other campaigners were expecting to start the judicial review against the Beddington incinerator scheme tomorrow at the High Court…