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Hackney University Technical College to close

Hackney University Technical College to close

A low student intake this year has forced the decision to close Hackney University Technical College (HUTC) just two years after it opened its gates to students. The decision comes after the failure of the school- the first of the government’s technical colleges in London – to anticipate that students…

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, has welcomed plans for Crossrail 2 but raised concerns that the development of the tube line may push house prices up in the borough. Plans are well underway for the underground tube line between south-west and north-east London, which will link Hackney to central London…

Whitechapel vision clearer with Sainsbury’s development

Whitechapel vision clearer with Sainsbury’s development

Tower Hamlets Council’s vision of creating 3,500 homes and 5,000 jobs in Whitechapel became clearer this week, as plans were unveiled to redevelop the Sainsbury’s superstore on Cambridge Heath Road. The Sainsbury’s superstore is within the Council’s ‘Whitechapel Vision’ regeneration plan. The Council’s Whitechapel Vision seeks to dramatically increase the amount…

Four must watch acts under 24 at Lovebox Festival

Four must watch acts under 24 at Lovebox Festival

  This weekend, the Lovebox Festival will return to Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets for the 12th time, providing two days of some of the world’s best music. The park will be inundated with big beats and sing-alongs this weekend as the sold out festival hosts some of the biggest…

Crystal Palace romp to 13-1 victory in pre-season opener

Crystal Palace romp to 13-1 victory in pre-season opener

Crystal Palace’s pre-season began with a bang tonight as they smashed 13 past GAK Graz in Austria in a dominant display of attacking football. Stephen Dobbie was ruthless in front of goal, netting four times, with Glenn Murray, Jonathan Williams and Joe Ledley all grabbing a brace. GAK, who play…

Shake your hipster hips at Dance Nations Dalston

Shake your hipster hips at Dance Nations Dalston

This Saturday, July 19, Gillett Square in Dalston will be filled with banging beats and cool steps. It’s Dance Nations Dalston. Now in its fifth year, the free event offers live music and dance workshops for all ages The opening act, scheduled for 1.50pm, will see secondary school students from…

Chamakh rejected other English clubs to stay at Palace

Chamakh rejected other English clubs to stay at Palace

  Crystal Palace striker, Marouane Chamakh, has put pen to paper on a new deal, revealing he rejected other English clubs to prolong his stay at Selhurst Park. The former Arsenal player ended speculation about his future when he agreed to a new two-year deal last Friday. In his first…

Crowds throng the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to give an East End welcome to the Tour de France

Crowds throng the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to give an East End welcome to the Tour de France

Large crowds thronged the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets on Monday as the Tour de France passed through the East End on the last of its three days in England. Excited residents, ranging from school children to senior citizens, braced the rainy conditions to show their support, sounding out…

Theatre, culture and music at sixth Sydenham Arts Festival

Theatre, culture and music at sixth Sydenham Arts Festival

  Sydenham Arts Festival, the biggest arts and culture event in South East London, is under way with an impressive line-up of artists, musicians, poets and writers in 65 events. The festival kicked off on Saturday with a huge street celebration, featuring live music, belly dancers, street performances and global…

Councils criticise Boris Johnson’s plans for 80,000 new homes in ELL boroughs as “too high”

Councils criticise Boris Johnson’s plans for 80,000 new homes in ELL boroughs as “too high”

Doubts have been raised over plans to build more than 80,000 homes in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lewisham and Croydon over the next 10 years. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, set the target for ELL’s four boroughs in an amendment to his London Plan for 2015 to 2025 – but…