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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…

Tower Hamlets extends Your Borough, Your Voice

Tower Hamlets extends Your Borough, Your Voice

The “Your Borough, Your Voice” campaign allows Tower Hamlets residents to nominate the services they value most, by voicing their opinions on numerous savings proposals. Tower Hamlets council is extending the deadline for residents to share their views on services spending in a major public consultation. Public feedback will help inform council spending decisions…

New initiative to make Hackney inclusive for seniors

New initiative to make Hackney inclusive for seniors

Hackney Circle, a social initiative for the over 60s, launched in Dalston Square today in an attempt to make the borough more inclusive for older residents. Large crowds gathered for the launch of the nine-week pilot scheme, which is free for all Hackney residents aged 60 and over. Hackney Circle will…

Crowds celebrate second Chatsworth Road Festival

Crowds celebrate second Chatsworth Road Festival

Over a 500 people and 25 of their canine companions attended the second annual Chatsworth Road Festival in Hackney at the weekend, aimed at celebrating the area’s diverse community. The one-day event on Saturday, organised by the Chatsworth Road Traders’ & Residents’ Association, kicked off with a football match to raise…

Paws for pounds: The Old Spitalfields dog-show

Paws for pounds: The Old Spitalfields dog-show

The fashion conscious of east London were out on show at Old Spitalfields Market in Tower Hamlets on Monday – nothing new there, one might think, but the faces on display were of a furrier disposition than usual. The Paw Pageant, in association with LoveMyDog, saw hundreds of dapper looking dogs strut their…

Duwayne Brooks hails new reforms of controversial police stop and search laws as “a great thing”

Duwayne Brooks hails new reforms of controversial police stop and search laws as “a great thing”

Changes to controversial police stop and search laws will be “a great thing”, Duwayne Brooks told BBC London Radio this morning. Brooks, a Lib-Dem councillor in Lewisham, who ran for Mayor of the borough earlier this year, is the stop and search Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of London. A…

Lewisham police operation targets known criminals

Lewisham police operation targets known criminals

Lewisham Police have launched a new operation, code-name Yarra, in which known crime offenders in the borough will be targeted and watched. The operation, which started in July, includes enhanced intelligence-led patrols made up of officers from the Safer Neighborhoods campaign and plain clothes officers using search warrants. So far…

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…