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Croydon to build hundreds of affordable homes till 2019

Croydon to build hundreds of affordable homes till 2019

Work has started on 821 affordable homes in the Borough of Croydon. This is London’s second biggest affordable housing project this year. The Croydon New Build Program has started fixing and refurbishing 50 empty homes which will go into use as affordable housing. The homes are to be completed and…

East End anger over GP surgery cuts: 21,000 signature protest petition is handed to 10 Downing Street

East End anger over GP surgery cuts: 21,000 signature protest petition is handed to 10 Downing Street

A 21,000  signature petition against threatened cuts to GP surgeries in Hackney and Tower Hamlets was presented to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday after a demonstration by local campaigners. About 60 protesters with banners bearing slogans such as  “Hunt and Cameron, NHS for sale” and quotes from Aneurin Bevan, the…

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

More than 1,200 nitrous gas canisters were confiscated from the pubs and clubs of Shoreditch last Saturday, as Hackney Council banned the sale of the gas on the streets. The council have resorted to using Section 38 of the London Local Authority Act from 1990, which allows the local authorities…

Lewisham campaigners join Gaza protest in London

Lewisham campaigners join Gaza protest in London

Campaigners from Lewisham joined tens of thousands of protesters voicing their opposition to Israeli action in Gaza. According to police figures, 45,000 people joined the march, as a sea of banners, placards and swaying flags flowed from the Israeli embassy in Kensington toward Downing Street. Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and posters…

Record numbers at Lewisham police open day

Record numbers at Lewisham police open day

Lewisham police station opened its doors to record numbers of visitors in an effort to bolster public support within the borough. More than 3,200 people accepted the local force’s invitation to take a look behind the scenes at one of the largest police stations in Europe during its third –…

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

A ladies-only gym in Hackney has shut suddenly, leaving 13 staff without jobs and members facing the loss of hundreds of pounds of subscription fees. Sunstone womens-only club, based in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, boasted facilities including a swimming pool, gym and a salon.  It had been in business for…

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

A new Macbeth production brings Shakespeare’s tragedy to east London this summer, as the 12-hour overnight show takes over three disused floors of the Balfron Tower in Poplar, from tonight until August 16. This site specific play is a project by theatre company Rift – formerly RETZ, who staged a similarly immersive production of…

New Model Market food fair opens in Lewisham

New Model Market food fair opens in Lewisham

The organisers of Dalston’s Street Feast are expanding their culinary ventures south of the river to Lewisham from today. Model Market, a new food fair, will occupy an abandoned indoor and outdoor market lane off Lewisham High Street .  The organisers of Street Feast have experience in transforming disused areas…

Conference promotes role of women in technology

Conference promotes role of women in technology

A conference focusing on the role of women in technology is taking place this evening in south London, hosted by Croydon Tech City, a community of digital developers and creatives. The Women in Tech conference is part of the London Technology Week and is being held at the Croydon Conference…

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…