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Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

The possibility of further budget cuts for Lewisham was discussed yesterday in a council meeting. The council have yet to agree on a balanced budget as financial assumptions are still being deliberated for years 2015-16. Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock and his cabinet discussed the cuts with the public who expressed concern…

Skyscrapers “tear the heart” out of Shoreditch, says mayor

Skyscrapers “tear the heart” out of Shoreditch, says mayor

A plan to build two skyscrapers in Shoreditch is being met with resistance from the Mayor of Hackney, who launched a campaign to stop the development. In a change.org petition meant to encourage London Mayor Boris Johnson to withdraw his support from the scheme, Mayor Jules Pipe said the towers…

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will support plans for a ‘Growth Zone’ in Croydon as part of a larger regeneration plan happening in the borough. The scheme involves collecting local taxes from a stamp duty pilot, which is estimated at £100 million in the next 20 years, to accelerate…

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Members of the Tower Hamlets Green Party have voted “tentatively” for the Old London Hospital to be transformed into a new town hall as proposed by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman. The party agreed that the move would make “effective use” of a listed building and prevent it…

Property prices continue to surge in ELL boroughs but sales are down, according to new data from the ONS

Property prices continue to surge in ELL boroughs but sales are down, according to new data from the ONS

House prices in ELL boroughs continued to surge in value throughout the economic downturn in spite of far fewer people buying properties in the areas. Data released by the Office for National Statistics on Monday showed the huge growth in property prices over the past 18 years. A median flat…

Pioneering social housing ‘pops-up’ in the capital

Pioneering social housing ‘pops-up’ in the capital

The first ever Pop-up Village in London will appear in Lewisham, designed by internationally renowned architect, Lord Richard Rogers. The Ladywell Pop-up Village will be the first social housing initiative of this kind. The project has been taken on by architect firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and will be…

Lower Clapton squatters reach out to community

Lower Clapton squatters reach out to community

A group of 15 squatters in Lower Clapton, Hackney, are organising community events to engage with their new neighbours, the first taking place on Valentine’s Day. The group, who call themselves the Mothers Square Squatters, took over Maitland House on February 1. The property was used as a care home…

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

A petition has been launched to stop an anti-Semitic demonstration organised by Somerset resident Joshua Bonehill-Paine in Stamford Hill in March. The petition produced by Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice, calls on Hackney Council and the police to deny permission for what they describe as “a deliberately provocative demonstration designed to…

Housing Management set to return to Hackney Council

Housing Management set to return to Hackney Council

The management of social housing in Hackney will no longer be under the control of Hackney Homes after a survey found that over half the respondents were in favour of the change. 33,742 leaseholders were consulted and over half of the respondents were in favour the proposal. 15 per cent…

From Shoreditch to City Hall: Thousands join Saturday’s #MarchForHomes demanding affordable housing

From Shoreditch to City Hall: Thousands join Saturday’s #MarchForHomes demanding affordable housing

Marchers from across London converged at City Hall on Saturday to demand solutions to the Capital’s housing crisis. “Social housing is our right, here to stay, here to fight!” was the chant heard from one of the leading speakers from the Focus E15 Mothers, opening the protest. The March For…