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Whitechapel High Street gets £1 million funding boost

Whitechapel High Street gets £1 million funding boost

Whitechapel High Street has been given £1 million in funding to help boost business in the area. The Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund will invest £500,000 into the Whitechapel area, which will be used to support local businesses, bring empty buildings back into…

Takeaway given late licence despite alleged links to crime

Takeaway given late licence despite alleged links to crime

A takeaway on Mile End Road has been granted a late night licence extension despite police objections due to anti-social behaviour and drug related crime. The Spice Hut has been permitted to increase their opening hours from 1:00am to 2:00am following a meeting held on March 3. Tower Hamlets Licensing…

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

A health centre is set to lose more than £638,000 of funding, despite the borough already being one of the most financially deprived in the country. A 21,000-signature petition had been handed to 10 Downing Street over East End GP cuts in August 2014 and the Limehouse practice will be…

Danny Boyle’s shuffle festival nears funding goal

Danny Boyle’s shuffle festival nears funding goal

Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival is in the last days of crowd funding a new renovation in Mile End’s Cemetery Park Lodge. The Lodge, a stand-alone building in Cemetery Park, will be completely reinvented by the festival team if their fund raising is achieved. It will be redesigned, in keeping with…

Cognicity challenge looking to award £300,000 to startups

Cognicity challenge looking to award £300,000 to startups

An additional 12 tech start ups are in the running for cash grants as part of Canary Wharf’s transformation into a ‘smart city’. The Cognicity Challenge, a development initiative run by Canary Wharf Group plc, invites companies to pilot their technology product and service businesses on the Canary Wharf estate,…

LGBT protesters fight to save The Joiners Arms

LGBT 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…

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

  A charity offering support for victims of sexual abuse has secured funding to begin a new counselling project in Tower Hamlets. The Nia Project, who aim to combat male violence against young women, received funding from the Home Office on February 23 as part of a government initiative to…

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

Leaks published last week by an international collaboration of journalists revealed how Canary Wharf-based, British bank, HSBC – one of the largest banks in the world – helped wealthy clients evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax. David Leigh, one of the journalists who worked on the investigation…

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…

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Tower Hamlets Council have produced a new set of figures, in response to an article in the Evening Standard which stated that the borough is the worst in terms of free early childhood care. The data released by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that Tower Hamlets is ‘average’ in relation to the…