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National award received by local foster carers

National award received by local foster carers

Two Tower Hamlets foster carers have been awarded for their ‘outstanding commitment’ to foster children with disabilities. Gertrude and Keith Tummings, who were nominated out of hundreds of foster carers, were presented with the Outstanding Commitment to Foster Children with Disabilities award at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards on 21 October.…

Large amounts of cannabis found in Bow household

Large amounts of cannabis found in Bow household

Police officers from the Partnership Task Force (PTF) have found large amount of packaged cannabis at a Bow home, estimated at a value of £6,000. The search warrant was conducted on the Thursday (16 October) as a result of an investigation into ‘activities’ at the property in Rainhill Way. A…

Proposals for a floating cycle route over the Thames

Proposals for a floating cycle route over the Thames

Proposals for a new east-west floating cycle path on the river Thames, stretching eight miles from Battersea to Canary Wharf in the borough of Tower Hamlets, have been put forward. The River Cycleway Consortium, a group of architects, artists and engineers founded in 2012, has revealed this week plans for…

Cat cafè raises £6000 to save run-over feline

Cat cafè raises £6000 to save run-over feline

Bethnal Green’s cat café has raised over £6000 to pay for the surgery of a local cat who was hit by a car two weeks ago. Hundreds of people donated money after Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium posted news of the accident on their Facebook page. The cat, named Flash, was…

Half of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty

Half of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty

One in two children in Tower Hamlets are being raised in poor conditions, making it the borough with the highest rate of child poverty in the UK, new figures have shown. According to the latest End Child Poverty report, this constitutes an increase in child poverty levels in the borough…

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…

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health, the NHS trust overseeing the Royal London and Mile End hospitals, is the worst performing trust for patient experience in the UK, according to a Macmillan Cancer Support survey. In its annual patient experience league table, the charity named seven London NHS trusts among the worst performing ten.…

Tfl member asked to step aside in superhighway row

Tfl member asked to step aside in superhighway row

The London Cycling Campaign is asking for a Tfl board member to step aside from cycle superhighway discussions due to conflict of interest. Peter Anderson, Chair of Tfl’s Finance and Policy committee, has become the focus of an attack by LCC. The campaigners are claiming that the future of the…

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…

Election debates: Green Party calls for inclusion

Election debates: Green Party calls for inclusion

The Green Party candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow at the 2015 general election is calling for his party to be included in the annual televised political debates after his selection this week. Alistair Polson, a lawyer, has called for Green Party leader Natalie Bennett to be a part of…