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PHILIP GLANVILLE

The mayor of Hackney has waded into the controversy over Hoxton Street's Iceland, as the developer seeks the green light tomorrow night to knock it down to make way for 25 flats.

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

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

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".

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.

Hackney councillors received no training in bullying and harassment in 2018 because none of them booked a place on the course - which was scrapped as a result.

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.

Families have been personally welcomed into new council flats by Hackney mayor Philip Glanville.

The Green Party staged a demo outside a council consultation about the future of Dalston on Tuesday night, urging them to "get tough on developers".

Members of all faiths and none coalesced as one Hackney community to mark the centenary of the First World War armistice on Sunday. Veterans, politicians and camouflage-clad soldiers congregated at the Town Hall, before marching to St John at Hackney Church, where wreaths were laid at the memorial.

Hackney Council has urged Transport for London to scrap a series of "unacceptable" cuts to bus services that would see the 48 shelved completely and several others scaled back.

Sucked dry and exhausted by the sun, Hackney's flora are wilting, waiting for rain, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

This week has been a bit plastic fantastic for me with the release of my new book, How to Give Up Plastic, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

A display in Hackney town hall's newly refurbished vaults will shed light on the building's 1930s origins, and the amazing relics unearthed during its £16m revamp. Emma Bartholomew speaks to curator Jacoba Mijnssen about democracy, regalia, and the mysterious cleaning unit uncovered by workers

Three remarkable women in Hackney have been honoured at the third annual I Love Hackney Mayor's Civic Awards.

Mayoral candidates clashed with each other - and the audience - over issues like women's rights, "selling off the family silver", and car ownership at the Gazette's hustings last night.

Lib Dems in Hackney have come up with a strategy to tackle violent crime at its roots, by ploughing £1.5million a year into an innovative unit to treat the causes of the current deadly epidemic.

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

Hackney Labour has launched its manifesto ahead of next month's council election, saying it is for "those who still feel excluded" and are worried about changes in the borough.

MPs in London have asked for a meeting with Theresa May over the spike in violence that has seen more than 50 people killed in the capital this year - six in Hackney.

The progress of a bid to make Fish Island and Hackney Wick a protected area for artists and creative businesses has been welcomed by the mayors of Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

Some 200 young people from all over London showed off their "unbelievable" singing and dancing at a talent show at the Hackney Empire, organised to break down postcode barriers.

Council tax is set to rise by 3 per cent from next month if town hall chiefs give the go-ahead on Wednesday.

Spring's first feelers arrived in the city over the weekend, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Crowds braved the cold weather at the Woodberry Down Winterfest to hear carols and tuck into a Caribbean Christmas feast.

Young people were rewarded for their achievements in arts and culture, sports and overcoming adversity at the second annual Hackney Youth Awards.



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