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Council moves homeless families outside the Borough

Council moves homeless families outside the Borough

The council has appointed a task force to find available properties outside Croydon for the borough’s homeless families. Councillor Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “While we would prefer to keep families in Croydon, the reality is we have to look further a field. Relocation areas lie within a…

No more barriers to Poplar Baths regeneration

No more barriers to Poplar Baths regeneration

A £36m regeneration of Poplar Baths will soon be under way with plans to create up to 100 affordable homes at the Tower Hamlets site. While campaigns for restoring the old building, which is located along the East India Dock Road, have been going on for years, a solution for…

Meeting planned to fight ‘top led’ public planning forum

Meeting planned to fight ‘top led’ public planning forum

A meeting is to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) in opposition to a proposed ‘Stamford Hill neighbourhood forum’ which, if approved, will take over planning decisions in Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Clapton and Manor House. The forum proposals were submitted to Hackney council in December by a committee made up of…

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Median rents in Hackney are  71 per cent of the median family income in London.  In Tower Hamlets the median rent comes to 68.8 per cent of average income. Research by the campaign group, Homes for London, set up by housing charity Shelter, has revealed that Hackney has the seventh highest rent:income…

Nearly 10,000 homes sit empty in ELL boroughs, as over 60,000 households wait on council housing lists

Nearly 10,000 homes sit empty in ELL boroughs, as over 60,000 households wait on council housing lists

Close to 10,000 homes stand empty across the Eastlondonlines boroughs, while 60,491 households wait on council housing lists. Tower Hamlets has 2,317 empty houses, while 23,128 households wait on the council’s housing list. In Croydon, those figures stand at 2,962 and 7,880; in Hackney they are 2,255 and 13,423; and in…

Lewisham leaseholders battle Private Finance Initiative

Lewisham leaseholders battle Private Finance Initiative

  In an unprecedented legal twist, a group of Lewisham leaseholders this week came closer to viewing a contract that they have fought to see for almost five years. Under a 20 year Private Finance Initiative contract ( PFI ), leaseholders were told they would be expected to pay a…

Thousands of children in Tower Hamlets will be without a home this Christmas, says housing charity

Thousands of children in Tower Hamlets will be without a home this Christmas, says housing charity

Over three thousand children will be homeless in Tower Hamlets this Christmas, according to new research. Figures collected by housing charity Shelter revealed that in June this year  3,472 children were living in temporary accommodation in the borough. The charity has warned that across London over 57,000 children are expected…

Tower Hamlets families moved outside London

Tower Hamlets families moved outside London

Tower Hamlets Council has admitted moving homeless families to accommodation outside of London.…

Campaign group proposes landlord registration

Campaign group proposes landlord registration

Hackney landlords should be placed on council registers according to a new housing support group. Speaking at the formal launch of Digs, ‘home saving expert’ Ben Reeve-Lewis said a list would stop rent prices rocketing and improve housing standards. Lewis praised the system in Wales, where all landlords must have…

Centerprise told to leave after losing battle in court

Centerprise told to leave after losing battle in court

Centerprise has lost its legal battle against Hackney council. The London Central County court announced on Tuesday that the eviction should proceed within seven days.…