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Government announce plans to protect listed pubs

Government announce plans to protect listed pubs

A Government decision to protect listed pubs has added another chapter to the on-going saga between the recent owner of the Chesham Arms and it’s previous regulars. Mukund Patel, who purchased the Chesham Arms in October 2012, has made two appeals to transform the Hackney pub into flats. The amendment…

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Tower Hamlets Council has agreed to consider a local petition demanding G4S be disqualified from future contracts in the borough. A coalition of organisations gathered in front of the council building with a petition signed by nearly 2,000 people. They chanted slogans in support of Palestine accusing G4S of: “far…

Council introduces app to report noisy neighbours

Council introduces app to report noisy neighbours

Croydon Council have launched a new smartphone app, that allows users to report noisy neighbours.. The ‘My Croydon’ app has a decibel meter that measures noise and informs users whether it is loud enough to be classed as a “nuisance”. The app will make it easier to identify an unreasonable…

£26 million deal to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

£26 million deal  to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

The industrial firm, Bouygues have agreed to a £26.6million contract from an American tycoon to build a new boutique hotel in Shoreditch. This is one of the seven luxury hotels to be built in the boom of Shoreditch hotels. The luxury hotel on Curtain Road will include 120 rooms, a…

New Universal Credit benefit system to be implemented

New Universal Credit benefit system to be implemented

  The  Universal Credit benefits system is to be rolled out in Tower Hamlets as well as five other London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Hounslow, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham. The new system will launch on March 2. The scheme, which rolls all the main out-of-work benefits into one single payment, has been…

Victim sets up free self defence classes for women

Victim sets up free self defence classes for women

A self-defence expert is giving free classes to women in  Hackney to protect them from being assaulted on the streets and at home. Sev Necati, who grew up near London Fields and has lived in Hackney all her life, began learning self-defence after she was attacked by two men in…

School rebuild finally opened four years after huge blaze

School rebuild finally opened four years after huge blaze

A school in New Cross that was ravaged by fire over four years ago is finally ready to re-open. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Temple Grove School was greatly damaged by the blaze. The fire was apparently started when a gas cylinder containing propane exploded, destroying the roof and damaging the whole building.…

White British Tower Hamlets’ school children lagging behind in GCSE grades according to Ofsted

White British Tower Hamlets’ school children lagging behind in GCSE grades according to Ofsted

Ofsted have revealed that white school children’s results in Tower Hamlets are “the cause of continuing concern”. Tower Hamlets is an area in which the proportion of white British pupils achieving at least five good GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, is five percentage points lower than for white British pupils in England as a…

Cyclist killed on one of London’s worst roads

Cyclist killed on one of London’s worst roads

A 57-year-old male cyclist died in hospital on Sunday, following a traffic collision with a silver Toyota Yaris in Aldgate on Saturday morning. The unnamed victim, who was cycling on Leman Street when he was hit, was rushed to hospital in critical condition for treatment but died 24 hours later.…

Man jailed for stealing cash and alcohol from church

Man jailed for stealing cash and alcohol from church

A man was jailed for stealing wine, whiskey and collection money from a Catholic Church residence in Croydon. William Stanley, 40, of Selhurst New Road, was sentenced to three years imprisonment on November 27 following a three-day trial at the Old Bailey where he was found guilty of burglary. Stanley smashed a…

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