​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.

Concerns about safety at a storage facility which could be turned into a temporary synagogue have been rekindled, after a fire broke out in the building last night.

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.

Unions have pulled out of an independent investigation into allegations of bullying, racism and harassment at Hackney Council – accusing town hall chiefs of “consistently undermining the process”.

Councillors in De Beauvoir have raised concerns about a proposed mega homeless hostel, because standards at two adjacent hostels the developer already runs are “far from acceptable”.

Hackney Council is investigating how the huge metal underside of one of the balconies fell from the second floor of the ill-fated Bridport House development, two years after concerns were flagged up about them.

Former Labour councillor Dan Kemp, a key figure introducing scrutiny to local government to hold decision makers to account, has died aged 60.

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.

Hackney Council has introduced new planning rules this week to protect shops and launderettes from being turned into luxury homes by developers.

A housing association that caters only for Orthodox Jews has been cleared of discrimination in the courts – but a housing lawyer has vowed to appeal the decision.

Hackney Council has spent a whopping £2million to keep former employees quiet in the last five years, the Gazette can reveal.

Angry residents and their families came face to face with Hackney’s social care chief to discuss a care home in special measures. The Gazette was there.

A Tory councillor enraged over parking tickets he claims were wrongly issued on New Year’s Day has vowed not to eat the complimentary supper at Hackney Council meetings – because Orthodox Jewish people are “forbidden” to eat food “paid for with stolen money”.

Do you know an unsung hero whose achievements are helping make Hackney a better place to live, study or work? If so then Hackney Council wants to hear about them.

“The fact we aren’t totally overrun by enthusiastic councillors today doesn’t surprise me in the slightest,” said Cllr Jon Burke putting on a brave face despite the low turnout for his renewable energy procurement conference on the town hall.

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

Your series of articles on County Lines shone a light on one of the most challenging issues faced by the council, the police and our partners, writes Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, deputy mayor, Hackney Council.

Tenants on the Frampton Park Estate are preparing for a battle with the council over its plans to demolish a community hall and replace it with flats.

A supported housing scheme run by Hackney Council that provides care for 250 vulnerable adults in 14 separate homes has been branded “unsafe” and placed in special measures.

Members of the Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour party have voted “overwhelmingly” to support unions’ campaign against the council’s sacking of a shop steward.

Hundreds of council workers could strike after a union rep at the centre of the town hall’s bullying row lost an appeal over her sacking.

Extra funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities will “barely touch the surface”, according to Hackney Council.

Council tenants may soon be evicted if they are convicted of serious crimes around their homes.

The Tory party chief on Hackney Council is getting a pay rise as the leader of the sole opposition.

It’s been boarded up for two-and-a-half years, but Dalston’s old Passing Clouds arts hub is at last set to reopen – as community venue The Jago.

Hackney Council has announced it will cancel all parking tickets handed out on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, when its own website mistakenly assured residents parking wardens wouldn’t be on patrol.

An artist is suffering sleepless nights because of noise vibration in her Stoke Newington council flat - but where the noise has been coming from for the past 18 months remains a mystery.

Sadiq Khan’s team has written to a housing association about the selling-off of “key worker” homes on the Victoria Park Estate.

A Dalston nightclub where a woman was shot in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been shut down by Hackney Council ahead of a review of its licence.

A bid to demolish Hoxton’s iconic Holborn Studios – virtually identical to the one quashed by a High Court judge a year ago - has been recommended for approval by a Hackney Council planning officer.

Tenants on a Hoxton council estate have been waiting almost two years to have their outdated heating system upgraded – but the town hall says it’s now finally happening.

So many landlords have been stumped by details surrounding new licensing requirements brought in by Hackney Council that they’ve been given another two months to apply for them.

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