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◆  A group of leaseholders have thrown a spanner in the works of the Town Hall’s massive regeneration plans for Woodberry Down by refusing to move out of their estate. But at a compulsory purchase order hearing last month, Hackney’s planning inspector said he was “spitting feathers” when the council landed him with a huge payload of loose paperwork for the case just three days prior.

Perhaps the Town Hall thought it could reach a deal before the deadline? Either way, not great preparation for a decision that could see millions of pounds go to waste. Boris Johnson would be proud though.

◆ Some of the “information, not news” that appeared in the second issue of council publication Hackney Life (which looks suspiciously like a rehash of the recently cut back Hackney Today): Glyphosate-free zone in Homerton (as featured in the Citizen and the Gazette)Community parklet trial reopens(as featured in the Citizen and the Gazette)Exam results (as featured in the Citizen and the Gazette). 

So much for council publications “containing different editorial content to the local press”.

The coronavirus outbreak sadly means the Hackney Citizen is unable to print a monthly newspaper for the first time in its 12-year history.

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