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Hackney Mayor speaks on housing debate

Hackney Mayor speaks on housing debate

The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe has spoken out about the challenge of providing affordable housing to the people of Hackney. Talking at an open meeting in the Council Chamber at Hackney Town Hall on July 17,  Pipe defended his authority by saying: “Hackney is consistently in the top half…

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…

Tower Hamlets OAP caught filming council meeting

Tower Hamlets OAP caught filming council meeting

A disabled pensioner caught filming Tower Hamlets council’s open meeting on his pocket camera caused it to stop after he was told by the council Speaker to switch off his device – or be thrown out. John Wright, 71, Alzheimer’s Ambassador for Tower Hamlets, was asked by a council enforcement…

Housing tower plans decision deferred after objections

Housing tower plans decision deferred after objections

Plans for what would be the tallest residential building in Britain, the 75-floor City Pride on the Isle of Dogs, have been put on hold to allow the developers time to answer criticisms by councillors and local people. Tower Hamlets planning committee has deferred a decision on the application by…

Opposition mounts to £100m plans to transform central Hackney into an ”international shopping hub”

Opposition mounts to £100m plans to transform central Hackney into an ”international shopping hub”

Some Hackney residents are opposing plans for an ambitious £100m new retail development in the centre of Hackney, helping to change the image of the borough from one of inner city deprivation to an upmarket shopping destination. The initial plans which have been lodged with Hackney Council are for two…

‘Glass Mill’ replaces Ladywell leisure centre.

‘Glass Mill’ replaces Ladywell leisure centre.

Lewisham residents are satisfied with the newly built Glass Mill leisure centre that opened last week.   A Lewisham resident, Gail Mitchell, 47, said: “I just had an aqua class it was fun, the pool was so nice, in fact it was a lot better than the old Ladywell facility.”…

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…

Residents react to Hoxton estate demolition

Residents react to Hoxton estate demolition

Residents have been in fear of losing their homes through the ongoing project to renew the Colville Estate. It is feared that the selling prices of the recently approved new flats are to be considerably higher than the current value. Councillor Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Hackney Homes and Regeneration…

Sanford Co-operative: the housing alternative

Sanford Co-operative: the housing alternative

A Deptford housing cooperative now accommodating 120 people continues to thrive in “a crisis” London housing market described as desperately short of affordable private renting and home ownership. In the last fortnight renters across London have staged protests against disproportionate fees and rents charged by letting agents. At a speech…

“Incredibly ugly” Dalston scheme approved by council

“Incredibly ugly” Dalston scheme approved by council

Local residents have criticised a new housing scheme in Salcombe Road, just off Kingsland Road in Dalston, that’s been approved by Hackney council. Campaigner David Spurring complains that the only concession the  developers had given them was ‘bricks.’  He said the new building was “incredibly ugly and institutional looking” and…