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Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

  A charity offering support for victims of sexual abuse has secured funding to begin a new counselling project in Tower Hamlets. The Nia Project, who aim to combat male violence against young women, received funding from the Home Office on February 23 as part of a government initiative to…

Lower speed limits for “calmer, safer environment”

Lower speed limits for “calmer, safer environment”

A 20mph speed limit will be introduced across Hackney later this year in an attempt by Hackney Council to improve road safety, reducing casualty numbers by a further 10 per cent. Traffic accidents have reportedly been reduced by up to 50 per cent since the introduction of a 20mph limit…

Not so squeaky clean: Mice found in Bromley Poundworld

Not so squeaky clean: Mice found in Bromley Poundworld

The low-cost superstore Poundworld has been fined over £15,000 after health inspectors found mice had been nibbling stock that was on sale to the public. In October 2013, inspectors reported that “extensive mouse activity” had been found on the Lewisham premises causing damage to food that was available to the…

Police consult on anti-Semitic rally in Stamford Hill

Police consult on anti-Semitic rally in Stamford Hill

Police are consulting local community leaders about the impact that an anti-Semitic rally will have on residents in Stamford Hill, home to Britain’s largest number of strictly Orthodox Jews. . The National British Resistance group, founded and led by former member of the Conservative party Joshua Bonehill- Paine is planning…

Plea to eye-witnesses of Loampit Vale crash

Plea to eye-witnesses of Loampit Vale crash

Detectives investigating the death of a motorcyclist, Conrad Oscar Lewis-Pratt in a road accident on Loampit Vale, Lewisham are hoping to trace three drivers who may have witnessed the incident. They are searching for the owners of a blue Volkswagen Passat, a silver Toyota Prius and a moped bike after…

Parking permits will now depend on pollution levels

Parking permits will now depend on pollution levels

  Hackney Council has approved higher parking permit charges that will be come into effect by 2017. The higher charges will mean that cars that pollute more have to pay more. Cars built before 2001 will now move up a band in the charging scheme, reflecting the levels of CO2…

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 its 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…