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People Before Profit launch legal housing advice service

People Before Profit launch legal housing advice service

A free legal housing advice service has been launched by local campaigners to meet rising needs for legal aid in Lewisham. Community activist group People Before Profit has teamed up with an experienced solicitor from housing  and homelessness charity Shelter to offer legal housing advice every first Wednesday of the month.…

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…

Council parties clash over allegation of electoral fraud

Council parties clash over allegation of electoral fraud

Allegations of electoral fraud caused uproar at the Tower Hamlets Council Meeting last night as Labour councillors threatened to call for a police investigation. Attendees passed a motion which raised concerns over people claiming to be from a local housing association, while  canvassing for the Mayor in the run up…

Development protesters beat “The Incredible Bulk”

Development protesters beat “The Incredible Bulk”

Campaigners who opposed a new Tower Hamlets housing development are celebrating after the plans were quashed at a council meeting. Despite recommendation for approval from planning officers, the council’s strategic planning committee did not grant developers Londonewcastle permission to construct a 56-meter housing tower on the Huntingdon Industrial Estate, and…

Amhurst Road residents evacuated for emergency demolition

Amhurst Road residents evacuated for emergency demolition

Eight Hackney residents have been evacuated from their terraced homes after the council labelled the buildings “an immediate risk to public safety” and ordered their “urgent” demolition. The section from 1-5 Amhurst Road, which includes two restaurants as well as residences, was deemed “structurally unsound” after observers noted cracks in…

London Mayor announces new homes for Olympic Park

London Mayor announces new homes for Olympic Park

  Mayor Boris Johnson today unveiled plans to build up to 1,500 new affordable homes in the area occupied by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A total of 6,800 homes will be built across the park in five new housing villages. The developer, Taylor Wimpey, will start initial construction of…

Community concern over new housing development

Community concern over new housing development

Proposals for the construction of a 56-metre tower on Bethnal Green Road has been criticised by a community group which claims it fails to meet the mixed housing needs of the Tower Hamlets population. “Stop the Bulk,” a campaign initiated by the Jago Action Group, a community organisation of residents…

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…

Vittoria Wharf residents protest at studio demolition

Vittoria Wharf residents protest at studio demolition

Residents of Vittoria Wharf, Tower Hamlets, have less than a week to voice their opinion about a proposed planning application which would demolish their homes. In association with Britzel LTD, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) are revising an application for a mixed-use development at Vittoria Wharf, on Stour Road…

Traveller convoy trespassing in car park risk legal action

Traveller convoy trespassing in car park risk legal action

  A convoy of seven large Traveller caravans who set up camp in Sydenham car park in Lewisham this week have been told by the council they will face legal action if they do not leave this weekend. Since their arrival last Sunday, the travellers have occupied the overflow area…