Friday, September 4, 2020

A campaign group has backed calls for town hall leaders to do more to roll out low traffic neighbourhoods.

Amateur photographers are encouraged to capture the Thames as it comes back to life after months of lockdown restrictions.

Daniel Farson’s famous Waterman’s Arms pub on the Isle of Dogs has reopened with the original 1960s name after its £600,000 refit was delayed by the Coronavirus emergency.

Thousands of leaflets have been posted through letterboxes across Spitalfields by volunteers asking for public help on a neighbourhood plan being put to a referendum next year.

The former head of Amnesty International UK who now chairs the residents’ body covering the controversial Bethnal Green traffic closure proposals has made a scathing public attack on the local authority’s “Liveable Streets” programme.

Minicab drivers blocked Tower Bridge in a two-hour demo this-afternoon protesting at the Mayor of London’s new £15 daily Congestion Charge which has also been extended to 10pm and weekends.

A walk in the park and a picnic was just the ticket for children and others who’ve been stuck in lockdown to be outdoors.

Care home residents have found a way round having to miss the Tokyo Olympics that would have been staged this week but have been scratched by the global pandemic.

A £1billion new housing complex with almost 4,000 homes on the Lea riverbank is being put on the property market next to the historic old Bromley-by-Bow gasworks.

One of the three men arrested by armed police in east London on suspicion of terrorism links earlier this month has now been charged.

Throwaway sanitiser gloves and masks from the Coronavirus emergency is adding to pollution in the Thames that’s being washed up along the foreshore, scientists have found.

Families living near the proposed Roman Road “Livable Streets” traffic free scheme in Bow are wondering when their Malmesbury estate round the corner is going to get a look in.

Five years of “haggling” have now ended in a deal ready for the public to decide the whole future of Spitalfields with its own draft neighbourhood plan now completed.

Car-owners are challenging the mayor of London in the courts over extending the Congestion Charge to 10pm and now weekends.

‘A councillor has explained to her neighbours why she wants to get rid of “rat run” motoring through Bow — even though she drives herself all the time.

Protests and celebrations sat cheek-by-jowl as families in the two halves of Bow got to grips today with Tower Hamlets Council plans to ban through traffic in their adjoining neighbourhoods.

You need to sign in and leave your name and number when you go into most East End pubs now the lockdown is ending.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners have urged the government to “put community over corruption” in a protest sparked by the Westferry Printworks scandal.

Faith communities are being urged by the mayor of Tower Hamlets to bid for a government fund now being doubled to improve security against hate crime.

Playgrounds in Victoria Park could stay shut until August, Tower Hamlets Council has said.

Cash offered by the government for small businesses to get through the pandemic isn’t enough to meet demand in the East End, Downing Street is being told.

Plans to ban traffic altogether from the famous Roman Road Market and completely pedestrianize the street have gone to public consultations.

A university will cut energy use at its Whitechapel campus by 25 per cent through a significant carbon emissions reduction project.

Homeless single people could soon be put up in temporary “module shelters” on unused land in the London Docks in the wake of the Coronavirus emergency to get them off the streets permanently.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could lead to flooding in London and the east of England, the Met Office has warned.


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