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Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park crowned the UK’s favourite park

Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets has been crowned the nation’s favourite park in this year’s People’s Choice Awards. Now a two-time winner of the prize, it was awarded best park in the country with a record-breaking 32,694 votes being cast in four weeks. EastLondonLines went to find out why Vicky…

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch is expecting a hotel boom with seven new hotels set to open in the area over the next two years. Many of these will be luxurious or “boutique” hotels, expanding tourists’ choice of upmarket accommodations in the diverse East End. Even though the arrival of new hotels is usually…

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

A £31,000 lottery grant has been awarded to Lewisham Youth Theatre to support performances inspired by a community history project. Catford Tales will see local residents coming together to learn about Catford’s history and exchange memories and experiences, which will then be transformed into a theatre production by LYT. Helen…

Local hero slams anti-Muslim political attacks

Local hero slams anti-Muslim political attacks

Tower Hamlets councillor Rabina Khan, recently nominated “Hero of the Year” in the European Diversity Awards, has slammed anti-Muslim attacks against the borough and defended its diversity and integration. Khan said that distorted media coverage and damaging comments from powerful politicians help build a negative image of the Muslim community…

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

This year’s Hackney Youth Parliament election saw a record turnout as 24 11-19 year olds were elected to represent their borough. The elected representatives were announced on Wednesday, October 15 at the Forest Road Young Hackney Centre, and around 100 children turned up to hear the results. A 47 per cent…

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health, the NHS trust overseeing the Royal London and Mile End hospitals, is the worst performing trust for patient experience in the UK, according to a Macmillan Cancer Support survey. In its annual patient experience league table, the charity named seven London NHS trusts among the worst performing ten.…

Tfl member asked to step aside in superhighway row

Tfl member asked to step aside in superhighway row

The London Cycling Campaign is asking for a Tfl board member to step aside from cycle superhighway discussions due to conflict of interest. Peter Anderson, Chair of Tfl’s Finance and Policy committee, has become the focus of an attack by LCC. The campaigners are claiming that the future of the…

New Young Mayor of Lewisham elected

New Young Mayor of Lewisham elected

Liam Islam became the eleventh directly elected Young Mayor of Lewisham in a special ceremony at Catford’s Civic Suite last night. Islam, 14, who attends Deptford Green School, won with 1,210 votes as 28 candidates campaigned to become the voice of the borough’s youth. Speaking to EastLondonLines, he said: “My…

Blind man asks Goldsmiths students to read to him

Blind man asks Goldsmiths students to read to him

A 34-year-old blind man from Nunhead was left “overwhelmed” by responses after posting a hand-written advert in a Goldsmiths corridor asking people to read to him. Bailey suffers from an inherited neurological disorder which caused him to lose his eye sight 15 years ago. He decided to reach out to…

Locals to have their say on Crystal Palace future

Locals to have their say on Crystal Palace future

The Mayor of London has launched a public consultation on plans to redevelop Crystal Palace National Sport Centre, with the current stadium under threat of demolition. Boris Johnson described the redevelopment as “exciting” and a “benefit for the local community” but not all  locals agree with the Mayor. The plans…