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Friday, November 9, 2018

Placard-bearing protesters gathered on the steps of Hackney Town Hall as the £384million Britannia Leisure Centre redevelopment project was waved through by planners.

New powers could be introduced to protect Hackney Wick Woodland from the damage and noise inflicted by large-scale, illegal all-night raves.

More than 4,000 pumpkin carvers and their families queued around the block to get sight of their lanterns lit up together for the annual festival of light at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.

Wireless promoter Live Nation has been given the green light to carry on holding the festival in Finsbury Park after a licensing review – but extra security will be on the streets and artists will be “encouraged” not to swear.

Wireless promoters defended the music festival at a licence review hearing last night, saying it is a “celebration of grime music” that causes no public nuisance.

A Buddhist charity is fighting to keep its dreams of a community space afloat after last week’s major flooding in Clapton.

Extensions, studios and outdoor spaces are up against the brand new Shoreditch Nobu hotel as contenders for this year’s favourite new building or public space in Hackney.

People aged 50 and over who have learning disabilities and live in Hackney are being invited to get together and socialise in St Mary’s Secret Garden.

As the last of 30 million litres of water trickle back into the River Lea, neighbours affected by Tuesday’s burst pipe in the now aptly named Waterworks Lane are beginning to count the cost.

A burst water main has left Waterworks Lane off the Lea Bridge Road under water and neighbours without electricity.

The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has launched an appeal to find a giant pumpkin to take pride of place at its annual lantern festival.

The multi-million-pound renovation of Hackney Marshes and Mabley Green has finished with the unveiling of the new pavilion and changing rooms.

Construction work at an old studio site in Hackney Wick has been halted after complaints that odours from the ground were giving children at a nearby primary school headaches.

Wireless Festival chiefs face a battle to stay in Finsbury Park after Haringey Council announced a licence review will take place next month.

There’s some new kids on the block at Clissold Park, as two new goats have joined the rest of the enclosure.

Extraordinary levels of fly-tipping coupled with a rogue bin diver are causing chaos for people living in a Kingsland Road housing block.

An application to open an off-licence in an area already suffering from excessive street drinking and anti-social behaviour (ASB) has been given the go-ahead.

It’s official – Hackney now has a whopping 29 of the UK’s best parks you can visit during this summer’s heatwave.

A group of nature enthusiasts are hoping to raise £10,000 to transform the Regent’s Canal into a “living waterway” to entice in voles and otters from the Lea Valley.

A delighted campaigner who came up with the idea to turn parking bays into mini-parks has praised “radical” Hackney Council for rolling out her scheme.

With a rape and a murder in Finsbury Park in the last seven months, the Friends of Finsbury Park held a heated meeting for neighbours to discuss safety – but floor time was dominated by concerns about festivals. The Gazette was there.

Hackney Council is inviting idea submissions for mini-parks, in a trial to “reclaim the roads from cars”.

Parents fighting Stoke Newington road closures because traffic will be diverted past their children’s already polluted school say the council got their traffic data wrong and want the scheme stopped.

Lunchtime gardening by office workers has turned a littered patch near London Fields into a blooming community project.

Wireless could be forced out of Finsbury Park if a campaign group’s latest efforts to see off the festival are successful.

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