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Planners back Hackney Marshes pavilion plan

Planners back Hackney Marshes pavilion plan

Plan for a £3.6m sports pavilion and associated car parking have been given the go–ahead by Hackney planners despite being subject to a public inquiry later this month. The plans, approved by a planning sub-committee, have met with opposition from local community groups but were welcomed by cricket clubs. The…

Forest Hill coffee house expands evening menu

Forest Hill coffee house expands evening menu

St. David Coffee House, based in Forest Hill, is not a typical coffee, breakfast and lunch spot. In addition, at weekends it serves cheese and wine, while there is Singaporean food on Thursdays. It is also an art gallery and a home to community events. And now it has expanded…

Hackney and Lewisham rank third for eviction notices

Hackney and Lewisham rank third for eviction notices

Residents in Hackney and Lewisham are the third most at risk in the country of losing their homes through debt, according to the charity Shelter. One in 45 households in Hackney or Lewisham were faced with possession claims last year, according to a new ‘hotspots’ list. Croydon and Tower Hamlets…

Society recreates Brockley picture taken during WWI

Society recreates Brockley picture taken during WWI

How have the demographics of Brockley changed in nearly 100 years? That is what the Brockley Society hopes to answer with its “Brockley: Then and Now” event on 19 July.  “We found this photo in the archive,” Brockley Society chairwoman Clare Cowen said about the photograph taken 4 August 1918…

Croydon recognised for ‘dynamic’ social enterprises

Croydon recognised for ‘dynamic’ social enterprises

National campaign body Social Enterprise UK has awarded Croydon social enterprise status for its many businesses trading for social and environmental purposes. This is the first time a borough in London is awarded the recognition. Currently, eleven towns and cities across the country have achieved social enterprise status. Peter Holbrook,…

The Queen’s Speech: what are the implications for East London boroughs of three key bills?

The Queen’s Speech: what are the implications for East London boroughs of three key bills?

A major Parliamentary legislative programme was spelled out in the Queen´s speech on Wednesday, with the monarch announcing plans by the new Conservative Government for more than 20 new bills. They cover a range of subjects from new powers for Scotland to extending free childcare. Here, Eastlondonlines examines the implications for the local…

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED festival survives after a successful second meeting with eager artists and community members. The event will transform into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) open studio, where people are invited to enjoy art, meet artists and purchase pieces. Many displayed a strong interest in the small-scale event during a meeting held last…

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Trains between Liverpool Street station and Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford will be taken over by Transport for London this weekend. This could mean more frequent trains arriving at Hackney stations along the route. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) announced that passengers are set to benefit from cheaper…

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice is the new Mayor of Croydon. After Manju Shahul-Hameed had office for one year, Hay-Justice will serve for the 2015-16 term. She was Deputy Mayor until now. Labour member Hay-Justice was elected to represent Addiscombe ward in 2010 and participated in several committees such as Crime prevention or Housing ever since. After having…

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

The work of Turner Prize nominated artists Bonnie Camplin and Janice Kerbel, lecturers from Goldsmiths University, has been well received by critics. Kerbel has been shortlisted for her operatic piece DOUG. The work was commissioned by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library in Glasgow. DOUG is a combination of nine songs…