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Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

The possibility of further budget cuts for Lewisham was discussed yesterday in a council meeting. The council have yet to agree on a balanced budget as financial assumptions are still being deliberated for years 2015-16. Lewisham Mayor Steve Bullock and his cabinet discussed the cuts with the public who expressed concern over…

LGBTQ protesters fight to save The Joiners Arms

LGBTQ protesters fight to save The Joiners Arms

  Protesters gathered outside Tower Hamlets town hall yesterday to fight the planned demolition of the famous Hackney Road gay club, The Joiners Arms. The club closed down last month after the council refused to renew the lease. The current owners are now looking to sell it to a property…

Cuts to “baby cafés” met with resistance from supporters

Cuts to “baby cafés” met with resistance from supporters

Reductions in funding for local breastfeeding cafés will be “extremely damaging” to young mothers, Lewisham Council has heard. Lewisham Council confirmed proposals to reduce the budget for “baby cafés” in Lewisham by almost 40 per cent at a Mayor and Cabinet meeting earlier this month. The cafés provide essential post-natal support…

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Members of the Tower Hamlets Green Party have voted “tentatively” for the Old London Hospital to be transformed into a new town hall as proposed by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman. The party agreed that the move would make “effective use” of a listed building and prevent it…

Pop-up Porridge Cafe set to open its doors in Shoreditch

Pop-up Porridge Cafe set to open its doors in Shoreditch

A highly anticipated breakfast cafe specialising in sweet and savoury porridges is set to open in Shoreditch on March 2. The Porridge Cafe is the newest competitor in Shoreditch, vying for attention against other novelty cafes such as Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium and Cereal Killer Cafe. Different variants of porridge…

They tried to walk her down the aisle, she said no, no, no

They tried to walk her down the aisle, she said no, no, no

A nursery manager from Croydon says she turned down 14 marriage proposals and is still looking for the perfect match who would meet her extensive list of requirements. Sonia Poleon, 52, shared her story in an interview with James O’Brien on LBC. She said: “I’ve been proposed to 14 times…

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

A petition has been launched to stop an anti-Semitic demonstration organised by Somerset resident Joshua Bonehill-Paine in Stamford Hill in March. The petition produced by Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice, calls on Hackney Council and the police to deny permission for what they describe as “a deliberately provocative demonstration designed to…

Police consult on anti-Semitic rally in Stamford Hill

Police consult on anti-Semitic rally in Stamford Hill

Police are consulting local community leaders about the impact that an anti-Semitic rally will have on residents in Stamford Hill, home to Britain’s largest number of strictly Orthodox Jews. . The National British Resistance group, founded and led by former member of the Conservative party Joshua Bonehill- Paine is planning…

Plea to eye-witnesses of Loampit Vale crash

Plea to eye-witnesses of Loampit Vale crash

Detectives investigating the death of a motorcyclist, Conrad Oscar Lewis-Pratt in a road accident on Loampit Vale, Lewisham are hoping to trace three drivers who may have witnessed the incident. They are searching for the owners of a blue Volkswagen Passat, a silver Toyota Prius and a moped bike after…

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

Deng Yan San has been elected the seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets. The Young Mayor is elected every two years and represents the 11-18 year-olds across the borough. After the result was announced yesterday, San said: “Our team will hit the ground running and we will help this borough shine……

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