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Highest call-out rates for pests found in Hackney

Highest call-out rates for pests found in Hackney

Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils have the highest call-out rates for rat, mouse, bed bug and cockroach infestations in London according to a report by the British Pest Control Association. The figures show how many times local council authorities were called out to deal with various pests in their areas…

Britain’s most dangerous spider sighted in Lewisham

Britain’s most dangerous spider sighted in Lewisham

Britain’s most dangerous spider, the noble false widow (Steatoda nobilis) has been recently sighted in Lewisham. It’s population is drastically increasing and spreading towards the north of the UK with a sudden surge in London and Kent. There have been numerous bite cases, but no deaths have been recorded in…

Film screening of Losing Hackney Marshes

Film screening of Losing Hackney Marshes

  The first screening of the film Losing The Marshes by local film maker Kym Oeser will be shown on Monday, 9 September at the Kenton Arms pub in Homerton at 7pm. It is a documentary which Oeser started making in 2007, two years after London’s Olympic bid was successful.…

Croydon’s incinerator plan backed by Mayor’s office

Croydon’s incinerator plan backed by Mayor’s office

  Controversial plans to build  a waste incinerator for Croydon and three other south London boroughs have been backed by the office of the Mayor of London. As Mayor Boris Johnson is currently on leave  the decision was made by the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Sir Edward Lister. The plan…

Respect London Fields or face barbecue ban says council

Respect London Fields or face barbecue ban says council

  Hackney Council has called for residents to take greater care of London Fields park. The recent heatwave and an increased number of people using the park has resulted in a spate of disruptive incidents including barbecues scorching patches of grass, late-night parties disturbing residents and the illegal selling of…

Hedgehogs disappearing from Tower Hamlets

Hedgehogs disappearing from Tower Hamlets

They are prickly, with up to 5,000 spines, known for their nocturnal wanderings in gardens, noisy mating habits and now feared to be disappearing from Tower Hamlets. The hedgehog this week topped a nationwide poll, organised by BBC Wildlife Magazine, to find a national species emblem for Britain. Once common…

Wilmer Place Sainsbury’s development is given the green light

Wilmer Place Sainsbury’s development is given the green light

There was anger and dismay at Hackney Town Hall last night as the council’s planning sub-committee approved a development at Wilmer Place in Stoke Newington, which objectors say will destroy wildlife and harm local businesses. Shouts of “shame on you” rang out from the packed council chamber as the sub-committee…

Hackney rejects Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum

Hackney rejects Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum

Hackney Council last night rejected a proposal from the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum (The Forum), which had wanted to use the Localism Act of 2011 to take over responsibility for planning decisions in the wards of Cazenove, Lordship, New River and Springfield. The council cited “clear tensions within the community…

Bug walk flags green concern at Sainbury’s plan

Bug walk flags green concern at Sainbury’s plan

Residents fighting plans for a new Sainsbury’s in Stoke Newington will take to the streets on Saturday dressed as bugs and plants. The Bug Parade on July 27 aims to raise awareness of the green space that will be lost if the store is built. Locals plan to parade from…

Tower Hamlets wins national award

Tower Hamlets wins national award

Tower Hamlets was declared the best council last week, for delivering more sustainable homes than any other council in England. The award, by the British Research Establishment (BRE) , recognised the Tower Hamlets council’s achievements in delivering almost 3000, the highest number of homes meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) from 2007 to 2013. An environmental method used…