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Government announce plans to protect listed pubs

Government announce plans to protect listed pubs

A Government decision to protect listed pubs has added another chapter to the on-going saga between the recent owner of the Chesham Arms and its previous regulars. Mukund Patel, who purchased the Chesham Arms in October 2012, has made two appeals to transform the Hackney pub into flats. The amendment…

Unemployed hit by new benefit changes

Unemployed hit by new benefit changes

A new benefit system (Universal Credit) starts in Tower Hamlets this March. The Government scheme aims to create more incentives for those able to work to encourage them to find employment. The Universal Credit, which has been piloted in northern parts of the UK and Croydon, will combine all benefits…

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Tower Hamlets Council has agreed to consider a local petition demanding G4S be disqualified from future contracts in the borough. A coalition of organisations gathered in front of the council building with a petition signed by nearly 2,000 people. They chanted slogans in support of Palestine accusing G4S of: “far…

Holocaust Memorial Day: 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation commemorated across ELL boroughs

Holocaust Memorial Day: 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation commemorated across ELL boroughs

    Holocaust Memorial Day along with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is being commemorated today along the East London line boroughs. Each borough’s council will invite their residents to remember those who suffered during the Nazi killing regime under the theme ‘Keep the Memory Alive.’ Hackney…

Council introduces app to report noisy neighbours

Council introduces app to report noisy neighbours

Croydon Council have launched a new smartphone app, that allows users to report noisy neighbours.. The ‘My Croydon’ app has a decibel meter that measures noise and informs users whether it is loud enough to be classed as a “nuisance”. The app will make it easier to identify an unreasonable…

Controversial hotel’s bid approved for extension

Controversial hotel’s bid approved for extension

  A hotel has once again become the centre of controversy, after Croydon council approved it’s bid  to create an extension on the property. Despite it making headlines last year for hosting hundreds of asylum seekers with no prior consultation, Queens Hotel’s bid was accepted last Thursday. The hotel on…

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

An application to build seven towers between Shoreditch and Spitalfields has raised concerns about affordable housing and the gentrification in one of London’s poorest areas. Only 10 per cent of the homes in the Goods Yard development will be allocated to affordable housing. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has…

Call to bring festive magic to deprived children

Call to bring festive magic to deprived children

  A Stoke Newington parenting website is on a mission to make sure ‘Santa visits every child in Hackney’ this Christmas. StokeyParents has teamed up with local estate agent Location Location to launch the Winter Toy and Food Appeal, collecting festive donations for the Ivy Street Family Centre and Hackney…

Winterville brings Christmas magic to Victoria Park

Winterville brings Christmas magic to Victoria Park

Winterville opened its gates yesterday, signalling the start of Christmas in Tower Hamlets. Victoria Park has been transformed into the magical town of Winterville, a new Christmas festival that offers an exciting array of attractions and entertainment. The opening saw friends and families of all ages enjoying a new type of…

Bishop to lead contentious Fairness Commission

Bishop to lead contentious Fairness Commission

The Bishop of Croydon has been chosen to lead the council’s £200,000 Fairness Commission, despite scathing criticism from the Conservatives that it is a “waste of money”. Bishop Clark will assess whether public services in the borough are being distributed fairly enough. Tony Newman, leader of Croydon council, told the…