Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hackney New School has come under fire from the council's environment chief for breaching planning permission to replace a row of tots' bike stands with three car parking spaces.

Not content with the biggest tree planting and water fountain projects in the UK, Hackney is now the first council to install a "reverse vending machine" on an estate.

Over 20 new water fountains are set to be installed in Hackney's streets, parks, libraries and leisure centres by 2022 to help reduce single-use plastics.

Sixteen neighbourhoods in Hackney are classed as among the 10pc most 'deprived' in England, according to new government figures.

A giant redwood tree near Homerton Hospital will make up one of thousands of seedings Hackney Council hopes will be the biggest tree-planting programme in the UK.

Hackney Council has launched an eighth school street as it announced every single school in the borough could soon be in line for one.

Hackney Council has unveiled its new publicly-owned energy services company, which will help deliver the ambitious decarbonisation pledges included in its climate emergency motion.

More people signed up to a solar panel scheme in Hackney than anywhere else in London.

Recycling rates at one of the North London Waste Authority's two plants are amongst the worst in the country - meaning a fifth of the waste sent there is burnt rather than recycled.

MP Meg Hillier isn't optimistic that the action that's needed to halt global warming above 1.5 degrees - which scientists now say is needed to avert a climate catastrophe - will come to pass through legislation any time soon.

Emma Bartholomew hears from a GP who was arrested twice during the Extinction Rebellion protests this month, and how London's filthy air means even non-smokers now have measurable carbon monxide levels in their airways

A raft of green measures brought in at the Homerton Hospital have seen its operator scoop a national award.

He's one of the hardest working councillors in the country when it comes to tackling the climate emergency - and even in his spare time Jon Burke walks around Hackney confronting idling drivers.

"For all the years that I've had to defend young people against charges of apathy or lack of interest, it is really exciting to see them smashing those stereotypes and setting the agenda," Des Barrow, a geography teacher at Clapton Girls Academy, tells the Gazette.

A patch of concrete that's been derelict for a decade has been overhauled by Extinction Rebellion volunteers to show how sites sitting idle can be used for the community good.

How much perfectly good food is binned by 14 households every year was dumped outside a Dalston home this week to highlight the staggering amount of food that goes to waste.

Almost 14,000 noise complaints have been made to Hackney Council in less than two years.

Architects will meet next week to draw up plans on how to drastically cut the built environment's carbon footprint.

For almost a decade, Nathaniel Court residents have put up with "unbelievable noise" and dust caused by the largest single-site estate regeneration project in Europe being built in their backyard - but they refuse to back down when it comes to protecting the community garden they've built together.

"I wish there was a better way and I wish the government would listen."

A burst pipe has left streets around Finsbury Park under water, with people having to be rescued from their flooded homes by firefighters.

A graffiti mural has been unveiled in Shoreditch that shows the faces of people already struggling to survive the global climate crisis.

A free festival of live music, circus and magic takes place in St Mary's Secret Garden today.

Hackney Council wants to move to fortnightly bin collections to encourage people to recycle more.

Work has begun on a £4m revamp to improve Springfield Park.


Former teacher Steve shares his experiences as a foster carer for teenagers, from dealing with some of their more challenging behaviour, to the rewards of seeing a child develop into a happy and healthy adult.

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