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BRITANNIA LEISURE CENTRE

Crossrail 2 has thrown a spanner in the works of the council's home-building as part of the £384million Britannia Leisure Centre redevelopment project.

Hoxton's Britannia Leisure Centre will reopen tomorrow after a fire closed it for 10 days - but the health suite that went up in flames will remain closed.

Users of Hoxton's Britannia Leisure Centre "repeatedly" raised concerns about an overheating sauna months before the fire that has closed it for "weeks".

The Britannia Leisure Centre in Hoxton was evacuated tonight after a fire broke out in the sauna.

Hackney's flagship school building programme has been partially scrapped, as the council announced it will not build a new secondary school on the site of Benthal Primary.

There is no hiding from the fact that the next four weeks up until and immediately after the solstice is my least favourite time of the year to be outdoors in the city, writes Will McCallum, NatureWatch, Newington Green.

Sadiq Khan has rubber stamped Hackney Council's £384million Britannia Leisure Centre redevelopment project, effectively ending campaigners' hopes of stopping the work.

Last night, the Britannia Development Scheme was due before the planning committee, writes Pat Turnbull, Save Britannia Leisure Centre.

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

Private developers overseeing the transformation of Hoxton's Colville Estate have stunned council bosses by objecting to the £384million Britannia Leisure Centre project next door.

Labour councillors retained their stronghold of Hackney and utterly wiped out the Lib Dems, despite early fears from some in the party it might all go pear shaped.

Voters across Hackney went to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots in the local election.

I am writing to you to express my complete opposition to Hackney Council's plans to replace the popular Britannia leisure centre, writes Chris Newby, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Hoxton East and Shoreditch.

The Hackney Gazette will co-host a hustings for prospective Mayoral candidates ahead of next month's local elections.

Hackney's controversial flagship school-building project could be put on ice - because there aren't enough children.

Time is running out to have your say on a major development in Shoreditch Park before a final blueprint is put out by Hackney Council.

Pat Turnbull has recently been in the Gazette's pages because of her fight to save the Britannia Leisure Centre - but she's been a campaigner in Hackney for decades. She talks to Emma Bartholomew



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