Friday, August 23, 2019

Mums have taken up an 11th hour fight to stop Raine's Foundation School closing after legally preventing Tower Hamlets Council axing all Year 7 enrolments in three weeks' time.

An ex-forensic investigator for Tower Hamlets Council has delivered a blistering account of how his work in the borough's youth service was, he said, subject to a "cover up to avoid political embarrassment".

Throwing up skyscrapers and ignoring the "step down" rule of gradually decreasing heights coming away from Canary Wharf could spell the end of the Isle of Dogs as a community.

Constituencies in east London voted strongly in the biggest-ever Parliamentary petition in history to revoke Brexit Article 50, with the online poll ending today.

Campaigners fighting a skyscraper development on the Isle of Dogs earmarked to be more than double the size first agreed by the Mayor of London are objecting at a special planning inspector's hearing tonight.

Drug deaths have bucked the national trend in the East End and gone down compared to the shock 16 per cent rise across the country in just 12 months.

The gauntlet has been thrown down to drug dealers by the new Met Police borough commander for Tower Hamlets.

Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs has accused the government of pushing the country towards No-Deal Brexit while leaving councils unable to prepare for the potential fall-out.

A 79-year-old woman has been told she could be sent to prison over a gate she has had in front of her property for 30 years.

A new service to help create a healthier life for people and pull them out of the doldrums is being set up at Tower Hamlets Ideas Stores.

Tower Hamlets has been told to "urgently review" its resident complaints process after being accused of obstructing investigations.

Official questionnaires aimed at stopping voting fraud are being sent out by Tower Hamlets Council to more than 90,000 households in the East End.

Greenhouse gas emissions have reduced by almost a fifth in public services run by Tower Hamlets Council just five months after the East End was declared a "climate emergency" zone.

A funders' forum is being set up by Tower Hamlets Council to help voluntary groups which have failed in their bids for grants this year.

Council tax money is being used to keep youths out of trouble during the summer holiday by creating activities for young people.

Stallholders and shopkeepers in Watney Market are now putting their traditional sales technique online to attract more customers.

The housing organisation named for its "best caretakers in Britain" has had its management contract renewed by Tower Hamlets Council.

A cash crisis in special education and disability needs is facing local authorities like Tower Hamlets, which is now appealing to Downing Street.

A woman from east London was arrested by detectives today on suspicion preparing acts of terrorism related to activity in Syria.

Thousands of free meals are being given out to children in the East End during the school summer holiday to tackle pressures for families on the poverty line.

Parents fighting the closure of Raine's Foundation School can legally sign their children up for the new term in September, their lawyers have told them.

The government should pick up the tabs on the £1.2million legal bills for the High Court corruption judgement that banned Lutfur Rahman as mayor of Tower Hamlets, former Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has urged a parliamentary committee.

Teenagers from the East End are performing at next month's Edinburgh Fringe festival to challenge 'misconceptions' about their generation.

A man who carried out frenzied knife attacks on patients at two doctors' surgeries in Bow has been detained with a hospital order today by a judge.

Thousands of boppers turned up for the Swing East festival which took Poplar back six decades to see how granny and grandpa rocked around the clock.

Tower Hamlets Council has said it will share the data of rough sleepers with the Home Office in "a very limited number of cases" despite fears the information could lead to deportations.

Professor Brian Cox turned up in Bow Common to open a new £500,000 pharmacy that has a robot dishing out prescriptions.

The borough's political leaders warned Boris Johnson not to pursue a No Deal Brexit after he was named the next prime minister.

Campaigners trying to set up a parish council in Spitalfields for the first time in 100 years were dealt a blow when the town hall officially rejected the idea.

Tower Hamlets Council says it abandoned its Liveable Streets road closure trial in Bow because of traffic redirection issues and people being "aggressive" towards staff.

Local authority education chiefs in east London are being accused of a "land grab" by the Anglican trust that owns Raine's Foundation secondary school over one of its sites being handed to a non-church school.

Campaigners have been out on the streets gathering evidence of dirt unswept and rubbish uncollected in a last-ditch bid to set up a town council in Spitalfields after a gap of 100 years.

A youth worker who goes out on the streets of Poplar into the night tacking youth crime by making contact with disaffected teenagers in his own time has won a 'British Citizen' award.

Streets are being closed to traffic at the weekend in a neighbourhood in Bow as a trial to see how they can manage without cars and delivery vans.

Angry parents are to protest in the public gallery at next week's Tower Hamlets Council meeting to stop the threatened closure of Raine's Foundation School.


It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

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