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PHIL GLANVILLE

Security guards barred the Mayor of Hackney and the vicar of St John’s Hoxton from delivering a Christmas card to Homerton’s chief executive on Tuesday, urging her to bring hospital cleaning services back in-house.

The mayors and MPs for Hackney and Tower Hamlets have all told the Transport for London Commissioner Mike Brown that Overground services at Hackney stations have got to improve, after increasing reports of delays and cancellations.

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

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

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.

Families face being made homeless because builders are now running a year behind schedule completing a block of London Fields flats.

As demolition of a huge housing block in Homerton looms, some families still waiting to be housed elsewhere feel they are being overlooked.

High in the branches there is an increasingly omnipresent feature; exacerbated by windy days and more visible amongst bare winter twigs, plastic bags seem to have proliferated in the city canopy, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

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.

A motion passed by Labour members at the Hackney North constituency meeting last night has sparked a backlash by calling on the party’s national executive to reject accusations it is institutionally racist.

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.

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”.

Council tax is set to rise for the fourth consecutive year in Hackney as town hall chiefs prepare to deal with £30million of additional government cuts by 2022.

The mayor of Hackney says the lifting of the housing borrowing cap doesn’t mean the town hall can start building council homes overnight.

The town hall could take advantage of a new Met scheme that allows councils to buy their own police officers at a reduced rate, the mayor has said.

Neighbours have unveiled a community “parklet” in their Dalston street inspired by Ridley Road Market.

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

Campaigners have cranked up their protests over a housing association’s planned sales of former “key worker” homes near Victoria Park by “decorating them” with posters.

Traders in railway arches across the UK have dismissed their new landlords’ offer to hear them out as a “PR stunt”.

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.

The number of people sleeping rough in Hackney has risen in the last year, according to official statistics – and the real figure could be a lot higher.

Phil Glanville has called on Theresa May to launch an independent inquiry into the ongoing Windrush generation scandal and end her “hostile environment” approach.

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.

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.

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

Not one councillor turned up to a public meeting held by unions accusing the town hall of having a culture of bullying, racism and harassment.

A soup kitchen in Broadway Market dished up more than 100 Christmas dinners at the weekend – and each guest also received their own present.

Creatives in Hackney Wick and Fish Island will be protected after the area was named one of Sadiq Khan’s first Creative Enterprise Zones – requiring developers to provide affordable workspace.

Ridley Road Market traders could get new weatherproof stalls, free WiFi and card machines in a £1.5million makeover thanks to funding from Sadiq Khan.

Saturday marked the annual King Henry’s Walk winter fair – a wreath-making, mulled-wine drinking, non-carol singing shindig in one of Dalston’s finest community gardens, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

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

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