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Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

The  Stokey Local campaigners  lost their battle against Hackney Council in court yesterday, 24 October. The campaigners argued that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s along with 53 flats was unlawful. The claim was dismissed by Mrs Justice Patterson in less than a…

Lewisham’s housing solution: pop-up homes anyone?

Lewisham’s housing solution: pop-up homes anyone?

Lewisham is set to be the first borough in England with ‘redeployable housing’ after the council approved plans for the redevelopment of the Ladywell Leisure Centre on 22 October. The development, designed to last up to four years, will provide 24 residential and eight commercial premises that can be reused…

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

Students in the East End could find themselves affected by university strikes after 78% of lecturers voted for industrial action on Monday. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have voted for action after a row over pensions. Staff voted in favour of strikes, and action short of strikes…

Council plans to stop the rush to turn offices into flats

Council plans to stop the rush to turn offices into flats

In an attempt to stop the development of substandard housing, Croydon council are bidding to pull out of a law which allows property developers to convert offices into flats without planning permission. Permitted development rights were brought in by the government last year, and since then 1074 out of 1236…

Innovative app reveals cycling gender divide in Hackney

Innovative app reveals cycling gender divide in Hackney

A gender divide in cyclists has been revealed by an innovative cycling app produced by Hackney Council. The app has revealed that women tend to stop biking during their middle-age years whereas men continue to ride later on in life. The statistics were revealed after Hackney launched the app, which has…

Goldsmiths music student awarded £1,500 prize

Goldsmiths music student awarded £1,500 prize

Lucy Cait, 21, a talented musician from Goldsmiths, University of London, has been given a ‘head-start’ into the music industry. The second year student, studying Popular Music was chosen for the Ed Renshaw Music award, along with a 23-year old drummer, David Dyson, from Greenwich. Offered for the first time…

Job seeking revolutionised by new search platform

Job seeking revolutionised by new search platform

Job hunting has been made easier for housing association residents thanks to a new job search Internet platform designed by a Croydon business. Launch For Jobs was created by 3D Change and introduced yesterday, 21 October, at the South London Jobs Fair at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The firm is a social…

Large amounts of cannabis found in Bow household

Large amounts of cannabis found in Bow household

Police officers from the Partnership Task Force (PTF) have found large amount of packaged cannabis at a Bow home, estimated at a value of £6,000. The search warrant was conducted on the Thursday (16 October) as a result of an investigation into ‘activities’ at the property in Rainhill Way. A…

Ben Haenow makes it through yet another X Factor round

Ben Haenow makes it through yet another X Factor round

Ben Haenow wowed the X Factor judges once more at the competition’s second live show last weekend with a passionate rendition of John Lennon’s ballad “Jealous Guy”. With the week’s theme being the 80s, the 29-year-old van driver from Purley got standing ovations from two of the judges, smoothly making…

Hackney thief banned from all of London’s pubs

Hackney thief banned from all of London’s pubs

A known Hackney thief became the first person to get banned from all of London’s pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs after receiving one of the last ASBOs issued in this country. Rodney Williams, 34, from Hackney was given an ASBO which forbids him from entering any business that serves alcohol.…