A “flabbergasted” motorist from Stoke Newington says he was handed a parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test.

The new rules are in. We now have to wear face coverings in shops, takeaways and banks.

On Tuesday it was announced that nearly 900,000 public sectors workers will get an above-inflation pay rise - well deserved, though it will not bring them back to pre-austerity pay levels, writes Marion Macapline, of Hackney Keep Our NHS Public:

Government funding to tackle the climate emergency is “woefully inadequate”, a Hackney councillor has said.

Residents on a Hackney estate have warned of “serious and irreversible consequences” if their community hall is demolished.

A 13-year-old boy has admitted kicking and hurling abuse at two police officers during an alleged group attack in east London.

A young woman has admitted helping a close friend accused over a fatal nightclub stabbing in Shoreditch.

A Homerton Hospital midwife has become the first NHS worker to feature on the cover of Vogue magazine.

A community effort to raise £10,000 for a much-loved local youth charity has exceeded expectations under lockdown by raising more than double their goal.

Hackney volunteers are calling for a ‘monumental shift’ in how to tackle local health inequality in the borough.

Referrals to Hackney Council’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Service (DAIS) have increased by 60 per cent during lockdown, from around 25 cases per week to almost 40.

A ticketing company based in Hackney Downs has made its service free for online event organisers.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the things I miss from before the lockdown. Most of all I miss being able to visit my father. He’s in a care home and seeing all the news about the situation in the care sector terrifies me.

When the hunt for scapegoats gets under way The People will be one target, write Mary Pimm and Nik Wood, Gore Road, Hackney.

While the COVID-19 situation is worrying we shouldn’t panic. The panic could be worse than the disease.

The mayor claims to have met his target of tripling protected space for cycling but has only been able to do so by counting lots of disconnected sections of cycleway and routes around entire junctions, including some as short as 100m, writes Caroline Russell AM, Londonwide.

I used to love a stroll around Hackney Downs. The fresh air, the greenery, the patches on the picnic tables where people have used disposable barbecues and it’s melted a perfect rectangle in the plastic, all of that would brighten my day.

As interest in who will be the next Labour leader heats up the name calling has started, but for Rebecca Long-Bailey the attention is getting a little weird.

January is the month when Hackney and Islington’s front gardeners show that they truly appreciate the finer things in life, in particular its olfactory pleasures, writes Will McCallum, Greenpeace UK, Newington Green.

We’re writing in response to the letter in the December 19 edition ‘What about the future of Hoxton Market? The answer is – it’s looking good, write Cllr Guy Nicholson, cabinet member for markets and Cllr Ian Rathbone, markets champion.

We forget, or at least I do, that Christmas marks not the end of winter but the beginning. The Roman calendar’s New Year marks no arrival of new life – green shoots and floating butterflies, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

We’re lucky where we live, to have local politicians and authorities that care about the environment we live in, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

In his first statement as prime minister, Boris Johnson gave “unequivocally our guarantee to the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us...that, under this government, they will have the absolute certainty for the right to live and remain,”

Strong winds and autumn fast turns to winter – its colours trodden into the grey pavements, the fallen leaves letting in some winter light through recently bared canopy, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

I’ve just returned from the annual Antarctic Ocean Commission in Hobart, Tasmania where I’ve been campaigning for more protection of the spectacular wildlife down at the bottom of the world, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green and Greenpeace.

Thank you for the excellent feature on Downs Baptist Church on its history of standing up against injustice, writes Ian Rathbone, former chairman, Ogunwobi Family Campaign.

We welcome the Environment Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech on Monday, writes Cllr Julian Bell, chairman, London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee.

On November 1, 2012 the Gazette reported the proposed closure of the workshops under the railway arches along Morning Lane to make way for fashion shops, writes Nik Wood, Gore Road, Hackney.

History is in the making – Friday saw the world’s largest ever climate protest, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

There is a section of the new river path that curves round at the eastern end of Woodberry Wetlands, snaking back up towards Finsbury Park, where I have seen a rat every single time I run along it for two months, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.


The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

A cutting-edge building in Haggerston, offering private workspaces which can be adapted to suit customers’ needs and enhance productivity, has been unveiled.

People are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by exploring destinations closer to home. Taking a holiday in the United Kingdom offers people the chance to uncover some stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and superb accommodation without having to jump on a plane. Here, we take a look at the type of places you can stay, the rules you need to follow and how to enjoy a great staycation.

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