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​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 guy who turned down the Thompson Twins", Alan Rossiter tells Emma Bartholomew about when the Muppets came to Chats Palace and how the arts venue which grew out of Homerton Library "changed people's lives"

To this day, Martello Street Studios remains a campus for some of the most exciting voices in contemporary art. Emma Bartholomew looks back to its radical roots in the '70s, when some of its tenants were dubbed 'wreckers of civilisation'

Plans to demolish a long-standing Mare Street car garage and build nine flats could be given the green light after being altered by developers.

Brian Belton tells Emma Bartholomew about the characters you'd find at Clapton Dog Track - where Joe Coral, a former bookkeeper there, had founded his betting empire - before it closed 45 years ago on New Year's Day.

Fresh plans to redevelop the dilapidated Stoke Newington mansion St Mary's Lodge are to be displayed this weekend so the public can have their say on them.

Hackney Council has come under fire for encouraging a developer to build a huge hostel for temporary housing, rather than permanent homes, which would genuinely help ease the housing crisis.

A historic Newington Green building that has been home to radical thinking for more than 300 years will be given a vital £1.7million restoration.

A company hoping to put 26 phone boxes across Hackney (yes, we know it's 2018) has been accused of "flagrantly abusing a planning loophole" in order to smuggle in digital advertising.

Hackney Central's second oldest building is finally set to be restored after 15 years of lying derelict.

A group of heritage enthusiasts will embark on a walking tour of the NE postcode area - but not the one up north.

Gazette letters: River Lea and M&S

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I have written today to the chief executives of the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust having seen little in the way of effective action from either of these agencies to tackle the oil spill on the River Lea, writes Cllr Ian Rathbone, Lea Bridge ward.

Wayne Asher tells Emma Bartholomew about the 'lunatic' ring road scheme that threatened to plough an eight-lane motorway through Hackney - and was only scrapped after 30 years of destroying the local property market

The evenings arrive at my window intimidatingly early, reminding me I've barely managed to see daylight today, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Since Sir John Betjeman helped found The Hackney Society in 1967, two years after a major re-draw of the metropolitan boundaries, one might well say a lot of progress has been made in improving the borough as a place to live and work, writes Nick Perry, chairman, Hackney Society.

I wonder what Banksy would make of Hackney Council - the organisation that plastered over one of his paintings - being guest of honour at its restoration.

The Hackney Society was born 50 years ago to preserve the borough's history. But a hefty book marking its half-century proves there's more to heritage than old buildings. Emma Bartholomew, one of the tome's authors, reports on its launch.



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