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Artists slam sculpture competition launched by developers

Regal Homes which plans to demolish over a hundred artists’ studios offers £1,000 prize for public artwork

News

Rent hike forces fashion incubator The Trampery to seek new home

Social enterprise that opened doors two years ago says it will be priced out as rent increases by 400 per cent

Campaigners jubilant as British Land’s Norton Folgate scheme rejected

Permission for development of Spitalfields site denied but campaigners warn British Land will be back

Man stabbed in broad daylight near Hackney Central

Victim in hospital but police spokesperson says injuries ‘not life threatening’

Hackney MPs split over welfare bill

Diane Abbott is one of the 48 rebel MPs to vote against welfare bill, but Hackney South MP Meg Hillier abstains

‘Thankfully no hipsters were injured': fire brigade apologises over tweet

Anger after ‘poor taste’ tweet from London Fire Brigade following fire that damaged street food pop-up Dinerama

Extension of Right to Buy will force council home sell-off, warns housing chief

Government calls on housing associations to become ‘champions of aspiration’ as it plans to extend Right to Buy

Plane Stupid activists charged over Heathrow runway protest

Hackney residents amongst the 13 charged over direct action against runway expansion

Licensing row: residents being treated as if they are ‘stupid’, say bar owners

Borough ‘not closing’ at midnight insists Town Hall as campaign launches against proposed borough-wide hours policy

Toxic hogweed plants spotted on Hackney Marshes

Council confirms invasive plant species is growing along areas of the River Lea but no injuries have been reported

Hackney teacher denies asking student to translate ‘will you have sex with me?’

Assistant head of science at Our Lady’s Convent High School banned from teaching due to ‘unacceptable professional conduct’

Hackney free school in limbo as opening delayed another year

Hackney Wick Academy has pushed back its opening beyond 2016 in order to raise ‘significant additional capital investment’

Watchdog backs Hackney Citizen over Freedom of Information ‘fishing expedition’

Council says releasing ‘if asked’ press releases is ‘vexatious’ request which relies cynically on pot luck

Activists launch campaign to ‘shut down’ school dinner themed pop-up

Co-founder of the Art of Dining says she is ‘devastated’ at the criticism of the After School Club

Hackney landlords and tenants: are you aware of the risk of Legionella?

Why landlords must carry out a risk assessment to ensure tenants’ safety

Uber-kill? Taking the new BMW i3 for a spin with car share scheme DriveNow

Car-sharing service DriveNow gave the Hackney Citizen 100 driving minutes to test drive the all-electric BMW i3

Work begins on Tottenham to the City Cycle Superhighway

London Mayor Boris Johnson says the newly extended superhighway will ‘waft you in tranquility’ to urban centres

Plans for two residential towers in Shoreditch get go-ahead

One Crown Place scheme for residential towers with 247 luxury flats approved by Hackney Council

On the money: drama classes pay dividend for primary school pupils

Children write and star in theatre productions about the importance of managing finances

Council-backed policy on jail sentences for knife possession introduced

Tougher measures blocked by Liberal Democrats during the last government to come into effect in July

Out There and proud: Hackney LGBT project spreads the message of equality

A new network aims to build on achievements made by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groups

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

Music Journalism Bootcamp

Develop the skills every music journalist needs. Monday evenings, 14 September – 19 October 2015 (six weeks)

Opinion

Leader — Goodbye ‘Destination Hackney’

The Tube gears up to shuttle revellers round-the-clock but if the Council’s new policy is approved, Hackney won’t be going along for the ride

Titbits — Culture shock, bog-standard politics and #hackneymoments

Traffic cone throwing villagers, the local constabulary’s bizarre twitter campaign and Glastonbury on the Marshes

Leader – Linden’s law: the blanket ban that left Hackney residents cold

The Council’s quiet introduction of a Public Space Protection Order reveals a worrying attitude towards rough sleepers

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