The West Reservoir Centre may have been the saving grace of the summer.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Gazette readers this week.

They have the right to live and work in the UK but cannot claim benefits for themselves or their families.

While the effect of coronavirus continues to hit London hard, one of the few benefits of lockdown was a cleaner, greener city, with less traffic, cleaner air and more walking and cycling, writes Cllr Jon Burke, Hackney Council cabinet member for energy, waste, transport and public realm.

It’s only a small one. But it is a car and it feels like drivers are hated. I say that because recently I parked the Steve-mobile on Downs Road. I wasn’t there long. At £11.40 for four hours I can’t park there often without my bank texting me.

The government looks determined to accelerate the privatisation gravy train with the barely scrutinised award of Covid-related contracts for testing, tracing and PPE.

Good luck to any children who have gone back to school.

A recent article in the Hackney Gazette carries this quote: “Public Health England reports prevalence of coronavirus has decreased since schools and colleges restricted their opening to most pupils in March,” writes Pat Turnbull, Handley Road, Hackney.

When Black Lives Matter activists in Bristol took direct action and removed a statue of the Bristol slaver Edward Colston many denounced such behaviour as a ‘diversion’ from the campaign to eradicate racism from society, writes Sasha Simic, Stoke Newington, full address supplied.

We are all being asked to get back to work.

The loss of free public transport travel for school children was matched by the loss of Freedom Pass access for us oldsters before 9.30am, write Mary Pimm and Nik Wood, Gore Road, Hackney.

First the bad news: on July 29, Homerton Hospital’s board of directors rubber-stamped another five-year contract with Danish-based company giant ISS, valued at £50 million.

A survey has found that only half of us understand the new lockdown rules.

We’re delighted to see MPs like Tulip Siddiq speaking out and supporting the vital Keep It Clear campaign, calling for the widespread introduction of face masks with clear panels over the mouth, writes Sally Etchells, a campaigner, National Deaf Children’s Society.

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.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

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