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Plans to build a new bridge across the Thames between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe on either side have reached completion in a new feasibility study.

The proposed ‘Rotherhithe Bridge’ would have the longest bascule span in the world, at 600ft (184m), for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs and (inset) Chancellor Goerge Osborne

The government is being challenged today by the mayor of one of Britain’s most deprived areas not to cut funding for vital public services as Chancellor George Osborne makes his Autumn statement to Parliament.

Ex-Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman

Deposed mayor Lutfur Rahman has been declared bankrupt ahead of next week’s High Court hearing into his assets following legal costs which haven’t been paid since he was barred from office seven months ago.

The former executive mayor of Tower Hamlets in London’s East End, who was disqualified in April for election malpractice and corruption, is due to return to the Court for a three-day hearing opening next Tuesday.

Warehouse British Land now offering to preserve... but overshadowed by high-rise towers behind

Developers have offered to preserve an old Georgian warehouse by modifying their controversial plans to bulldoze parts of the unique Norton Folgate neighbourhood of London’s East End.

They are submitting an amended application today to Tower Hamlets Council and the GLA that involves pulling down properties in two streets to make way for a commercial development with a nine-storey tower.

East End life... ending its weekly run

The controversial “Pravda” newspaper put out by Tower Hamlets council in east London stops weekly publishing in the New Year.

Six more editions are due to be distributed free to 90,000 East End households—paid for out of council tax—before it reduces to fortnightly in January.

Somaliland supporters after Tower Hamlets 'recognition' vote

Campaigners pressing for Britain to formally accept breakaway Somaliland as an independent state in the Horn of Africa have won “recognition” from a local authority in London’s East End.

They packed Tower Hamlets council meeting last night, waving nationalist flags and banners from the public gallery, as members voted overwhelmingly to support them.

New Town Hall boss Will Tuckley gets feet under table at Tower Hamlets

Will Tuckley was only days into his new job as Tower Hamlets’ long-awaited Town Hall chief executive when he was already delving into political issues in London’s East End.

The man filling the void caused by the year-long stalemate with the last mayor refusing to hire an executive to run the council’s 5,000 staff and £1.2 billion budget is trying to stop the closure of the John Cass Arts & Humanities university campus.

Hackney's Mayor Jules Pipe (right) addresses Shoreditch meeting, watched by neighbouring Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs

Two London boroughs have joined forces this week to throw the gauntlet down to Boris Johnson in an 11th hour challenge to stop a massive development on the City Fringe casting a long shadow across Shoreditch.

The elected mayors of both Tower Hamlets and its neighbouring Hackney have declared backing for a people’s ‘More Light, More Power’ campaign to prevent the City spreading into East London with more luxury apartments in towers reaching 47 storeys that they say ordinary families can’t afford to live in.

Shadow cast of 'Forest of skyscrapers' planned at Bishopsgate goodsyard site, campaigners claim

This is the shadow campaigners say will be cast across Shoreditch if the “forest of skyscrapers” goes ahead at the controversial 11-acre Bishopsgate former rail goods terminal as the sun streams across the sky to the south.

A wave of protest building up for two years in east London has led to a people’s conference tonight to urge London Mayor Boris Johnson not to override both Tower Hamlets and neighbouring Hackney councils which object to the massive City Fringe scheme.

Bishopsgate goodsyard arches where 'Shadow March' begins

Campaigners in black marched with black umbrellas through the packed Sunday market down Brick Lane today in a “Shadow protest” against plans for a forest of skyscrapers planned for east London’s controversial Bishopsgate goods rail terminal site.

They mingled with shoppers in a march around the massive 11-acre Victorian sidings with their World Heritage Braithwaite arches to warn of a shadow they say the skyscrapers will cast over Shoreditch and parts of neighbouring Spitalfields and Bethnal Green.

Proposed Bishopsgate goodsyard scheme as it would appear from Shoreditch

Hundreds of campaigners are taking part in a Sunday protest march against plans to redevelop east London’s controversial Bishopsgate goods rail terminal.

They begin a demonstration at 12 noon outside Shoreditch High Street station which forms part of the massive 11-acre site where developers want to put up a forest of skyscrapers that protesters fear will cast shadow over Spitalfields and Shoreditch.

Closed... Whitechapel's Thomas Buixton School hit by invasion of the False Widow spider [street photo: Google]

Children at two primary schools in London’s East End have had to be kept at home because of infestations of venomous spiders.

Pupils at both Thomas Buxton and Osmani in Whitechapel were told not come to school.

Burdett families protesting at Town Hall  last year when plans to build on plaground first emerged

Families have lost their campaign to stop development on their housing estate in London’s overcrowded East End which they fear is going to destroy their children’s only play area.

Listed hospital frontage in Whitechapel Road

The old London Hospital which had been treating the sick and the poor for around 275 years has been given the green light to be turned into a 21st century town hall.

The historic Whitechapel Infirmary for the Poor serving London’s East End, known more recently as the Royal London, was bought up by Tower Hamlets Council for a ‘bargain basement’ price of £9 million earlier this year and is set to be its prestigious new civic centre.

Tower Hamlets' Poplar campus

Three major colleges of further education involving up to 20,000 students may be planning to merge in east London in the face of tough government cuts in their budgets.

Tower Hamlets, Hackney Community and Redbridge colleges have today issued two separate consultations setting out proposals which could lead to eventual amalgamation.

Mohammed and  traders in Malcolm Place told to quit

Motor traders are firing on all cylinders in a protest against Network Rail plans to drive them out of railway arches in London’s East End that they’ve been occupying for decades.

They have handed a petition organised by tyre trader Mohammed Monnan to Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs with 1,000 names to try and stop the evictions under the Liverpool Street main-line railway at Bethnal Green.

Adult safeguarding concerns at Tower Hamlets

The risk of abuse and neglect facing vulnerable and marginalised adults has reached acute levels in London’s deprived East End, a local councillor has warned.

Work is needed to improve how cases are reported to Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Adult Board in the face of welfare and public spending cuts, its annual report stresses.

Proposed Bishopsgate goodsyard scheme as it would appear from Spitalfields

Two outspoken mayors are joining forces for a major “conference of the people” in an 11th hour bid to stop east London’s controversial Bishopsgate railway goods-yard development getting the green light.

Both Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs and neighbouring Hackney’s Jules Pipe are addressing the conference at Shoreditch St Leonard’s Church on November 16.

Manzumanara Begum with 10-year-old son Mashfiq

A campaign is being launched today to get Legal Aid reintroduced for housing and employment which was axed two years ago.

People like single-mum Manzumanar Begum who faces eviction with her child without Legal Aid are being left stressed, powerless and “unable to get on with life”.

'Little horrors'  jump for joy in a bouncy vampire's castle

Families turned out for a last fun day at Victoria Park before winter set in for real after it was acclaimed Britain’s favourite public open space.

Tower Hamlets council

More local council powers are being handed back to Tower Hamlets after 10 months of government-appointed commissioners going through the books.

Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali and Poplar and Canning Town MP Jim Fitzpatrick

A probe into expenses has shown the two MPs who represent Tower Hamlets cost the taxpayer £1.3million in payments for staff, office costs and travel over the past five years.

Faith leaders and community activists who have picket Jack the Ripper Museum

The outspoken Bishop of Stepney joined protesters this morning picketing east London’s infamous Jack the Ripper Museum over its “tacky tourist” promotion for Hallowe’en.

The Rt Rev Adrian Newman was one of the original faith and community leaders signing a petition in the summer to close the venue down after it got planning permission claiming to be a women’s heritage centre.

On the treadmill... Jocelyn Lane [inset] at Bow Ability therapy gym

A mother struck down with a devastating neuro-immune disease that left her paralysed is bravely taking part in a charity run in her wheelchair to help keep the troubled therapy gymnasium open that is helping her struggle to recover.

'Helping Hands' winners voted by Tesco shoppers at new Bow stopre

Three community groups in London’s deprived East End are each £1,000 richer after supermarket shoppers voted for their favourite causes at Tesco’s new Bow store in the Roman Road.

Achord Chamber Choir rehearse at Olympic stadium

A choir that holds its rehearsals in a former garment factory in London’s East End has been picked to sing the national anthems at the Rugby World Cup to be seen by millions on TV across the globe.

Toy danger... teddy bears on sale by Tower of London

A firm importing traditional souvenir London teddy bears that have been made in China has been fined £12,700 for selling “dangerous” toys near the Tower of London.

Mayor John Biggs gets rough ride on dodgems in the summer with 'co driver' Cllr Asma Begum

A vast green space first laid out by Victorian town planners as London’s “fresh air lungs” to stop industrial expansion swallowing up what remained of open countryside east of The City has been voted People’s Choice as Britain’s favourite public open space yet again.

Brick Lane's 'curry mile'

Two restaurants have had their premises licences revoked in London’s East End after violent incidents in Brick Lane’s ‘Curry Mile’ including a stabbing and a street brawl.

Both the Nazrul and Aladin restaurants have also been barred by the local licensing authority from remaining open after 11pm.

Mayor John Biggs [inset] furious at London Met Uni's Cass centre in Whitechapel closing

Hundreds of university places are being lost in the City and East London with plans to shut down three campuses.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs [inset] starts public consultations on East End's gambling

Town Hall bosses are betting on finding out more about gambling in London’s East End by asking the public.

Residents association chair Andrew Ager fighting tower block overshadowing Limehouse Cut

A 14-storey tower block in London’s East End won’t be rising from the ashes of the Phoenix Works to overshadow the Limehouse Cut or a nearby park—at least for the present.

Mayor John Biggs scraps bulk waste charges

Fees have been scrapped for families in London’s East End wanting to dump their bulky household waste like old fridges and mattresses.

East End facing £60m cuts, Tower Hamlets Mayor Biggs [inset] warns

Cuts of £60 million in council public spending could hit London’s deprived East End over the next three years.

Carolyn Meridan

A care home where veteran east London campaigner Carolyn Meriden lives has been named this week as “requiring improvement”.

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