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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…

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…