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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…

GMB union demands pay rise at Lewisham Town Hall

GMB union demands pay rise at Lewisham Town Hall

Members of GMB, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, participated in protests across the country yesterday, in a bid to boost wages in local government. Demonstrators called for a £1.00 per hour pay increase for local government workers. One of the protests was held outside Lewisham Town Hall. Nadine…

Fundraising campaign saves threatened city farm

Fundraising campaign saves threatened city farm

A city farm established over 30 years ago is set to remain open to the public after it managed to secure enough funding to stay open for the rest of the year. Stepney City Farm surpassed its target of raising £15,000 — just five weeks into its two-month fundraising campaign, which…

Pocket park to replace car parking lot in Bethnal Green

Pocket park to replace car parking lot in Bethnal Green

Construction has begun on a new sustainable pocket park that will turn a 12-car parking lot in Bethnal Green into a multi-functional green space. Tower Hamlets Council has invested £40,000 in the project, matching a £40,000 grant made by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The pocket park is designed to…

Raw deal for Raw Duck as Hackney terrace demolished

Raw deal for Raw Duck as Hackney terrace demolished

Demolition of 5 Amhurst Road in Hackney is currently underway, following the emergency evacuation of all residents last Friday. Council contractors have erected a safety scaffold at the front and back of the terraced houses, with the controlled demolition of wine bar and restaurant Raw Duck, and a further three…

Croydon top East London Borough for recyling

Croydon top East London Borough for recyling

Croydon has dramatically improved its recycling rates in recent years and is now one of the top London boroughs for the amount of recycled household waste, according to recent statistics. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published the figures which revealed Croydon Council, which recycles 44 per cent…

Thames Water ‘super sewer’ threatens Deptford landmarks

Thames Water ‘super sewer’ threatens Deptford landmarks

Council representatives and Deptford residents have presented their objections to a proposed ‘super sewer’ that will disrupt a Lewisham school, church and green at a public hearing. Thursday morning’s hearing took place as part of the Planning Inspectorate’s ongoing examination of Thames Water’s application to build a 25km long sewage…