Hackney Council has insisted its flagship Kings Crescent Estate development is safe - despite admitting its walls contain the same insulation as some used at Grenfell Tower that has since been banned from use in high-rise buildings.

Neighbours have accused Hackney Council of siding with the borough's biggest brewery rather than taking action to stop the "misery" they claim the firm inflicts on their lives.

Crowds of more than 60,000 gathered to celebrate the biggest - and greenest - carnival Hackney has ever seen.

Campaigners are fighting to block what will be one of the biggest incinerators in Europe from being built in north London. They tell Emma Bartholomew it will lock us into decades of low recycling rates, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Trading standards officers from Hackney Council seized 13,700 cigarettes in a raid on a Hoxton shop last month as part of a clampdown on illegal tobacco.

Parents who clubbed together to buy a communal trampoline to amuse their kids this summer have been told to get rid of it by Hackney Council.

Hackney Council has corrected its safeguarding policy thanks to the woman it banned from all public buildings - who says she was trying to point out it didn't adhere to national legal standards.

Pedestrian crossings in Hackney have been given a colourful makeover to mark Pride month and celebrate the LGBTQI+ community.

A father has warned new gates installed by Hackney Council for emergency services vehicles are putting lives at risk - after an ambulance was unable to reach his daughter in an emergency.

​Hackney's new Speaker Kam Adams, who has just taken over from Clare Potter, tells Emma Bartholomew how he got into politics and his plans to help bring Tech City closer to residents this year

Drivers and passenger escorts on disabled kids' school buses are going on strike next week because Hackney Council has refused their demands for £50 a week extra to work split shifts.

A High Court judge has thrown out Hackney Council's legal bid to keep publishing its propaganda rag fortnightly - but it's not yet clear if it will fold.

A judicial review brought by campaign group We Love Hackney (WLH) against the council's controversial licensing restrictions has been withdrawn after a judge refused to cap its costs.

UK Black Pride, a celebration of LGBT+ people of colour, is coming to Haggerston Park next month. Emma Bartholomew attends the launch at Hackney Town Hall to find out why the safe space the event creates is so important

Tots and their parents descended on the steps of the town hall and pretended to die from pesticide poisoning, as they called on Hackney Council to stop using glyphosate weedkiller.

Hackney Council has launched a guide to help councils across the country replicate its School Streets scheme, which bans motor traffic outside schools at opening and closing times.

A pensioner whose flat has flooded with sewage 10 times in the past six months is at his wits' end, and imploring Hackney Council to sort out the problem once and for all.

A GP warned that the privatisation going on within the NHS is "dirty, corrupt and underhand" at a meeting to find out what people think of the NHS' long term plan at Hackney Town Hall.

A rush-hour traffic ban has generated more than £750,000 for Hackney Council within the space of 10 weeks - leading some motorists to claim it is not adequately signposted.

'What you would change if you were Mayor for the day' is one of the questions being answered by young people as part of the newly created Hackney Young Futures Commission.

A haul of over 3,500 illegal cigarettes and 3kg of loose tobacco worth £5,000 was seized after a woman was spotted "acting suspiciously" with a full shopping trolley and holdall by Hackney Council's officers in Graham Road.

Newlon Housing Association is "considering" replacing a lift at a Haggerston care home that has been broken for 11 days - leaving vulnerable people trapped.

Fairchild's Garden could be in line for a revamp if proposals being consulted on by Hackney Council get the go-ahead.

A flick knife was flashed at the monthly meeting of Stoke Newington Borough Council, the Gazette reported this week 60 years ago.

"Male chauvinist pigs are to be rooted out of libraries, leisure centres and swimming pools," declared the Gazette this week 30 years ago.

The sudden announcement that a Clapton Park Estate GP surgery will close has left patients having to find a new doctor, and staff looking for a new job.

One month on after her neighbour was found dead in his home, a woman is fighting to have his fly-infested flat cleaned up.

Police have urged councillors not to allow a Shoreditch shop to sell fried chicken, because the owner has "some way to go" before being able to prove he can be a "responsible operator".

Nightlife campaigners are going to the High Court to challenge Hackney Council's controversial licensing policy that includes "core midnight curfews".

Thousands of Hackney council houses bought by tenants since 2000 have since been sold privately, making homeowners hundreds of millions of pounds in profit.

​Hackney's disinfecting station was opened to deal with infestations and deadly infectious diseases before antibiotics, vaccines and the NHS came on the scene. Emma Bartholomew finds more about the gas chambers where bed bugs, lice and fleas were zapped

The shock waves are still reverberating around the world at the terrible murders that took place in Christchurch New Zealand last Friday.

Former Arsenal player Jérémie Aliadière joined Hackney mayor Phil Glanville and youngsters for a footie match when he came to open a new sports pitch in Woodberry Down.

A new neighbourhood is a step closer to being built after planning chiefs gave a multi-million pound scheme the green light.

A bid to turn "what was someone's house till a few months ago" into a club has been rejected after dozens of neighbours complained organisers had already been breaching licensing conditions and "plaguing" them with "breathtakingly loud music" until the early hours.

Health campaigners have urged Hackney Council to oppose the rollout of a digital GP service - saying it could undermine traditional doctors' practices across the borough.

Hackney Council wants to hear the views, experiences and knowledge of people with autism and their parents, friends, carers and relatives to help make the borough more autism-friendly.

An application to turn a basement venue into a dominoes club in tribute to "Hard Card Tom" has been turned down by Hackney Council.

Hackney Council has launched an apprenticeship network to connect employers with potential candidates by providing funding and guidance.

Female councillors got together at Hackney Town Hall on International Women's Day to celebrate the trailblazing work being done in the borough.

Drivers and passenger escorts on Hackney's school buses for disabled children will strike for four days in the coming weeks over split shift payments.

Food banks for stray cats are on the way in Islington after a small animal charity was given funding to expand its work.

A much-loved community garden on a Shoreditch estate has been ripped up by council officers because the person who created it doesn't live there.

An independent adjudicator has ruled the signage at Hackney Council's notorious "no left turn" into Richmond Road - which has racked up over a million pounds in revenue since being installed last summer - is inadequate.

A row about whether road closures will increase air pollution in Stoke Newington Church Street resurfaced at a council meeting last week.

Eco-campaigners have urged Hackney Council to take more drastic steps on global warming, as mayor Phil Glanville declared a climate emergency - despite his administration channelling £75m investment into fossil fuels.

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.

A heated exchange enlivened the Town Hall chamber this week as Hackney Council's budget for 2019-2020 was debated, with Labour accusing the Tory's criticisms of conjuring feelings of "groundhog day".

Neighbours are not happy about the prospect of a hip brewery opening a "hell-raising" bar in Stoke Newington - but bosses insist they run venues responsibly.

The row over allegations of racist and sexist bullying at Hackney Council's Hillman Street call centre isn't going away.

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