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Haggerston Pools Trust calls on Council to reopen derelict swimming baths

Council has announced it is looking for ‘expressions of interest’ in heritage pool meaning it could be turned into flats or a hotel

News

Bitter planning row escalates between neighbours in Stoke Newington square

Accusations fly as couple say they are under attack from neighbours furious at their ‘selfish’ plans to build on shared land

Significant others: Latin Americans in Hackney now recognised as ethnic group

Coalition for Latin Americans in the UK says ethnic status will mean one of the borough’s ‘invisible’ communities will be better catered for

Village Underground fears hotel tower will plunge iconic rooftop into darkness

Property firm Highgate’s proposals to build 32 storey building on Shoreditch High Street slammed as ‘way out of kilter’ with the area

Hoxton pensioner charged with Hatton Garden jewellery heist

74 year-old John Collins amongst eight to be charged with conspiracy to burgle

Landmark victory as judge rules pregnant woman did not make herself ‘intentionally homeless’

Hackney Community Law Centre solicitors ‘ecstatic’ as Supreme Court allows appeal against Waltham Forest Council’s decision

Hackney’s ‘Tree Office’ is a solution to London’s work space shortage, says Council

Transparent office with capacity for eight people to be built around tree trunk in Hoxton Square

New Era campaigner Lindsey Garrett to stand in London mayoral race

Neither Conservatives nor Labour ‘good enough’ says Garrett as she launches bid for London Mayor

Hoxton artists given ultimatum: support demolition of studios or leave

More than 130 tenants in Cremer Street Studios told to sign letter in support of tower block development

Hackney’s ban on rough sleeping will ‘criminalise homeless’, warns charity

New Public Space Protection Order will ban ‘anti-social activities’ such as street drinking, begging and rough sleeping in Hackney ‘hot spots’

Town Hall launches investigation into ‘corruption’ by Hackney Homes staff

Council’s audit and anti-fraud department investigating allegations against ‘small number’ of housing workers

Town Hall apologises for election day glitch that left residents unable to vote

Returning Officer Tim Shields said the Council would be ‘investigating’ to find out what went wrong

You’re never far away from a lunch club!

From square meals to financial advice, lunch clubs are proving a useful resource for older people

Alarm raised over ‘hazardous’ run-off from fresh concrete laid in nature reserve

Environment Agency writes to Lee Valley Park Authority over concrete works at Middlesex Filterbeds

Troubled electric car charging scheme gets a boost

Council hands over control of its 16 car charging points to BluePoint London after “high level of outage and failures”

New Head of Hackney Learning Trust is Council’s ‘star hire’

Anne Canning brings 30 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to her new role

‘Porn-free’ newsagent Hamdy Shahein to retire after 36 years at the shop counter

Stoke Newington community is ‘like family’ says owner of Hamdy’s News as he prepares to hand over his shop

General Election 2015: analysis

Comfortable wins for Labour saw both Diane Abbott and Meg Hillier increase their share of the vote, while the Conservatives and Greens vied for second place in both constituencies

Labour MPs survive bloodbath

Diane Abbott and Meg Hillier win with larger majorities

General Election 2015: Hackney South & Shoreditch results

Labour party’s Meg Hillier re-elected with increased majority

General Election 2015: Hackney North & Stoke Newington results

Labour party’s Diane Abbott re-elected with increased majority

Courses

Journalism tutor

Course Leader, Head of Journalism and visiting / hourly paid tutors sought for NCTJ part-time Journalism Diploma course

Introduction to Journalism course

Develop the skills every journalist needs. Tuesday evenings, 21 April – 26 May 2015

Lifestyle journalism course

Develop the skills every lifestyle journalist needs. Tuesday evenings, 14 April – 19 May 2015 (six weeks)

Opinion

Titbits — Hubs and ramps

Musings on the expanding Fashion Hub and a classic case of ‘partisan ramp’ at a Hackney polling station

Leader – polls were wrong, so were results

Labour’s vote share increased by 1.5 per cent, whereas the Conservative’s vote share increased by only 0.8 per cent

Leader— Hackney: a place for everyone?

The audience was left ‘grasping for real answers’ at Hackney Council’s recent debate

Education

Refreshing ethos: Islington independent school nurtures students for success

North Bridge House Canonbury equips students with the skills for a successful future

Education in Hackney: Cllr Bramble on the challenges ahead

Newly appointed Cabinet Member for Children’s Services on her new role and priorities for the coming school year

Education innovation: unlocking potential at Hackney UTC

Round-up of the latest successes at Hackney UTC as students connect with local tech companies and media agencies