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Hackney’s “corner of Eden” under threat as developers eye up prime property opportunities

Hackney’s “corner of Eden” under threat as developers eye up prime property opportunities

Since the trees came down in May 2013, the residents of Navarino Grove in Hackney have been facing a very real threat. Pentonville Developments, a subsidiary of Fairview New Homes, plans to develop the nearby “brownfield” site into eight four-bedroom houses. In a city where green spaces are at a…

Geffrye Museum celebrates 400 years of Christmas

Geffrye Museum celebrates 400 years of Christmas

Illuminated reindeers in the garden, Father Christmas themed pub-crawls, last-minute present shopping on Amazon – we all have our personal traditions over the festive season. However, the Geffrye Museum will take visitors on a trip back in time this winter to see what Christmas has been like in English middle-class…

Pupils’ welfare “at serious risk” as Ofsted warns of radicalisation at seven Tower Hamlets schools

Pupils’ welfare “at serious risk” as Ofsted warns of radicalisation at seven Tower Hamlets schools

Serious concerns have today been raised about pupil safeguarding and Islamic education at seven Tower Hamlets faith schools after a series of emergency inspections in the borough. An official advice note from Ofsted was released this morning, documenting the lack of safeguarding for children, a narrowing curriculum, lack of sufficient…

Lewisham wins over the Time Out Love London Awards

Lewisham wins over the Time Out Love London Awards

The votes have been counted and verified and Lewisham has come up trumps at The Time Out Love London Awards. Seventeen Lewisham businesses were named “best” “restaurant”, “café”, “pub”, “shop” or “local pick” at the magazine’s awards celebration on Monday, designed to “help Londoners showcase the best bits of where…

Murder suspect arrested after body found in car boot

Murder suspect arrested after body found in car boot

Police are investigating the murder of a young man, after officers found a body whilst searching a car in Lewisham this morning. Detectives believe the man was murdered at an address in Thornton Heath, Croydon. A man thought to be in his 50s was arrested after the body was discovered…

Rowntree report suggests ominous future for housing in east London as boroughs ranked among most deprived

Rowntree report suggests ominous future for housing in east London as boroughs ranked among most deprived

A report into the relationship between housing and poverty has provided a stark warning to east London boroughs, with Hackney rated as having the highest level of housing deprivation in the UK. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an organisation that lobbies for a more equal society, has called for organisations to “work together…

Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

  The prize for Planning Policy Team of the Year went to Croydon Council at a national award ceremony last night. The spatial planning team was praised by judges at the 2014 Planning Awards for its work with private investors and its emphasis on “delivery”. The plan that impressed the…

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

A Hackney councillor failed to manage a “conflict of interest” between a charity and his estate agency, a Charity Commission report has found. A homeless man was referred from Michael Desmond’s charity, House the Homeless, to estate agency On the House, also owned by the councillor. Desmond, the former speaker…

Clinical Commissioning Group named CCG of the year

Clinical Commissioning Group named CCG of the year

  Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group has been named CCG of the year at the Health Service Journal awards last night. The awards, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, recognise “healthcare excellence and innovation” across the UK. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed the audience, saying that the NHS is “the most…

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

Thousands of students, including many from East London, protested against tuition fees, cuts and debt in education in a march through the capital that culminated in nearly a dozen arrests. 11 protestors had been arrested by the end of the day, all are still in police custody awaiting questioning. Currently no protestor…