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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…

Hackney edible garden campaign blooming

Hackney edible garden campaign blooming

Campaigners aiming to create the world’s largest edible garden believe Hackney council are now taking them “seriously” as their petition has collected more than 1,200 signatures. Mabley Green Users Group, who are responsible for the initiative, reacted to reaching the achievement on their petition website: “Over 1200 signatures have been…

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

A teacher from a Croydon primary school has explained the methods that led them to win a gold TfL award for cutting car use and promoting more environmentally friendly modes of travel Rockmount Primary, in Upper Norwood, was awarded a gold standard in TfL’s ‘Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe’ scheme…

Hackney makes a rapid recovery after St Jude storm

Hackney makes a rapid recovery after St Jude storm

A 60ft tree fell on a block of flats in Stamford Hill during St Jude storm yesterday morning, leaving families homeless for several hours. The tree smashed onto Laindon House in the Stamford Hill Estate, breaking the top floor window, knocking off the chimney and heavily damaging the roof. Ground…

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…