The Hackney stories they tried to hide from you

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HACKNEY HAS a local paper famed around London, and since the emergence of Loving Dalston, a host of local websites and blogs has followed.

So there is supposedly no shortage of news about the borough and its environs.

But only this site insists on reporting stories that have either not appeared elsewhere or about which new revelations can be made.

Over the last year 2014 Loving Dalston has:

* exclusively published an insider look at Mossbourne academy, despite an attempted news lockdown at the prestige school  

* shone the light of publicity on much-loved organisations that mistakenly try to keep information from their many fans, such as the Rio Cinema in Dalston

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin at clowns' museum 071114 Dalston Hackney ©
Saved: Hudson-Wilkin at clowns’ museum, its future secured with Loving Dalston help

* celebrated with clowns as the Loving Dalston campaign to save the world-famous church service and museum for E8 succeeded. It was yet another story widely followed up: by Time Out, among other news outlets

* exposed the art sale that was not quite what it seemed

* broke the story of a cycle group being formed specifically to overturn Hackney opposition to dedicated cycleways. Loving Dalston continues to campaign for cycle safety

* pressed Hackney council to reveal its plans for Kingsland Waste market. A local paper, the BBC and other serious news outlets followed up, which gives Loving Dalston hope that the imminent death of this 100-year-old Cockney institution may yet attract public protest

* given Hackney clubbers the chance to see an expert on London black music lecture between the beats

* kept an eye on campaigns by local MPs Diane Abbott (rent crisis) and Meg Hillier (Shoreditch broadband

* got out of bed early – really early – to watch 200 police make pre-dawn gangbuster raids in Hackney

* run eviction details Hackney Homes did not want you to see

* run an exposé about Hackney council’s determination to destroy the Georgian terraces in the southwest section of Dalston Lane, although usually Loving Dalston has had to defer to Open Dalston which, with its local-community role, has taken the lead in exposing duplicity on the issue.

* Embarrassed Transport for London into removing its monolith, much to the relief of Dalston, especially disabled people

* promoted young local talent whenever possible

* again published the Christmas Day-opening pubs list. The Broadway Market pub at which Loving Dalston held its beano on 25 December 2014 was crowded; imagine how busy more pubs would be if other media outlets copied the idea. That they do not is possibly because pub managers are slow to email with details

A wee request to readers: don’t be too critical of this outbreak of American-style chest-thumping: in a frantic party season it beats writing new stories.

This list may even grow a little over the next free days. It depends on how soon the limits of partying are reached.

Until then, Happy New Year.

David Altheer 020814


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