North East London hyperlocal portal Sunday 26 February 2017

Beckton • Canning Town • Royal Docks

Filmmaker seeks Custom House tower block explosion survivors 

24 Feb

Marrying and moving into your first home together is a dream come true for many, but for one young family the dream turned into a nightmare.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady opens 3G football pitch in Beckton 

22 Feb

The vice-chairman of West Ham has unveiled a new all-weather 3G pitch in Beckton.

Silvertown father’s warning after cyclist’s death 

21 Feb

A father using the same route as a cyclist killed in a lorry crash has warned it could happen again.

Call for residents to be included on memorial plaque to Silvertown explosion victims 

17 Feb

The relative of a mother killed in an explosion in Silvertown is calling for a memorial plaque to include the names of residents who died in the blast.

Canning Town scrapyard fire: smoke seen for miles 

16 Feb

Nearly 60 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a scrapyard in Canning Town which can be seen from miles away.

Celia Hammond rescues kitten trapped on Canning Town roundabout for a month 

16 Feb

A terrified kitten which was trapped on a busy roundabout in Canning Town for a month has been rescued by a former model.

Queues to Beckton roundabout after A13 multiple vehicle crash 

16 Feb

Motorists are facing a seven-mile tailback after a number of vehicles crashed this morning.

Borough’s first ‘deaf cafe’ opens in Beckton 

15 Feb

A deaf chef has broken down barriers against the hard of hearing to realise a childhood dream to open his own cafe.

Family appeals to find dog missing in Beckton 

14 Feb

A family are appealing for help in finding their dog who went missing in Beckton.

Beckton widow appeals for help to find her husband’s ‘good samaritan’ 

13 Feb

A widow whose husband died following a heart attack while on his way out to celebrate New Year’s Eve is appealing for help to find the “good samaritan” who rushed to his aid.

Tribute to cyclist killed close to Silvertown factory where he worked 

10 Feb

The boss of a cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry close to the Silvertown factory where he worked has paid tribute to him.

Canning Town charity merges with social business in survival bid 

10 Feb

A charity has merged with a social business in a move to protect its future.

Cyclist killed in Silvertown HGV crash 

9 Feb

The man, in his 30s, was found with critical injuries in North Woolwich Road.

Custom House library set to close for month-long refurbishment 

9 Feb

Enhanced event spaces, quieter homework areas and improved wifi are just some of the improvements set to come to Custom House library as part of a refurbishment project.

Cyclist killed in Silvertown collision 

9 Feb

A cyclist has died following a collision in Silvertown.

Man dies after falling down stairs at Canning Town tube station 

9 Feb

A police investigation has been launched after the body of a 35-year-old man was discovered at Canning Town tube station.

Bernard Ovu: Man's body found at Canning Town Tube station seven hours after he fell to his death 

9 Feb

An IT expert lay undiscovered for up to seven hours after falling down stairs to his death at a Tube station.

Canning Town arts hub is back up and running 

7 Feb

Arch 1 owner is looking forward to a busy year and getting things back on track, as they put a six month closure behind them.

Motorbike ‘explosion’ rocks Canning Town street 

7 Feb

Residents in a street in Canning Town were awoken in the early hours of Sunday morning by a motorbike – but rather than the vehicle revving loudly or backfiring, the noise came from an explosion.

Silvertown woman appeals for stem cell donors to give her a second chance at life 

3 Feb

A woman who has lived with leukaemia most of her life is appealing to south Asian people to give her another chance at life by registering as stem cell donors.

Canning Town singer is planning to have a big year 

3 Feb

Singer songwriter, Byron Gold, has got big plans for this coming year.

Star riders set to show off skills as motorbike exhibition returns to Royal Docks 

3 Feb

The world’s biggest manufacturers will be roaring into the Royal Docks to show off their latest and most exclusive bikes.

Canning Town school marks Chinese New Year 

3 Feb

It’s out with the monkey and in with the rooster.

Video: CCTV appeal after Canning Town shopkeeper is punched and threatened with metal bar in robbery over eggs theft 

3 Feb

Police investigating a violent robbery of a shopkeeper have released CCTV footage of four men wanted in connection with the incident.

Silvertown headteacher fears impact of air pollution 

31 Jan

A primary school leader has expressed fears for her pupils’ health because of the polluted air around her school.

Trial to decide future of Beckton marina 

27 Jan

A marina owner ordered to leave her site by City Hall says she is feeling “hopeful” after a judge said her case must go to trial.

Royal Docks steam coaster ship thrown a lifeline 

26 Jan

The last complete steam coaster ship in the world may have escaped the scrapyard.

Princess Anne visits Cygnet Hospital Beckton 

23 Jan

Hospital patients met with The Princess Royal during a visit to promote the positive link between occupational therapy and mental health.

Relatives of Silvertown explosion victims mark centenary of disaster 

20 Jan

Relatives of those killed in “London’s biggest ever explosion” at a munitions factory have paid their respects at a centenary memorial.

Royal Docks concrete facility will stay says council despite objections 

19 Jan

A decision to grant extended planning permission for a concrete batching facility has “disappointed” residents living 500 metres away.

Remembering the Silvertown explosion 100 years on 

19 Jan

A 1917 explosion at a TNT factory that rocked east London is recalled through the voices of witnesses.

Hyperlocal & blogs

A walk on the air-side (@ LCY) 

24 Feb

London City Airport is an impossible to miss feature in the landscape of the Royal Docks area of East London and in 2017 it is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary of opening at the site in the London Borough of Newham.

London’s weekly railway news #188 

17 Feb

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Photos of the disused tunnels at Euston Station London Underground Police are investigating the death of an IT expert who lay undiscovered for seven hours after falling down stairs at Canning ...

“On the knocker” for Labour and the NHS in Canning Town (and elsewhere) 

11 Feb

When Councillor Terry Paul (aka "Red Tel") promised on Facebook "sunshine" for this morning's Canning Town campaign session perhaps we should have looked out of the window first! A very cold and at times snowy Labour doorstep this morning in Canning ...

West Ham Labour Update – Canning town, Copeland, Stoke, Brexit, Compass, AGMs…. 

9 Feb

DearJohn Canvassing here and away (forCopeland and Stoke by-elections), Brexit curry and Future of the Left debate...

The SS Robin Returns Home 

1 Feb

Around three years ago, I posted the remarkable story of the SS Robin which has been located in the Royal Docks.

Unbuilt London: The Docklands Southern Relief Road 

28 Jan

Long before the Isle of Dogs was filled with tower blocks, it was seen as a cheap plot of derelict land, and ideal for sticking a major road bypass through.

Orchard Place : From London’s ‘lost village’ to Mini Manhattan – Update  

25 Jan

Whilst I have been watching the developments around Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs with some interest, there is another development at Orchard Place which is beginning to take shape.

Silvertown tunnel 

25 Jan

Councillor James Beckles (Plaistow North) on his blog today : Monday 23rd January it was our first Newham Labour Group after the Christmas break.

The Story of the Silvertown Explosion – 19th January 1917 

19 Jan

(c) Museum of London I recently contacted by the Museum of Docklands who are making available some photographs that illustrated some of the aftermath of the Silvertown Explosion of January 19th 1917.

Silvertown 100 

19 Jan

100 years ago today, just before seven o'clock in the evening, London's biggest ever explosion occurred.

Sadiq Khan backed Silvertown Tunnel five weeks after election – despite promising ‘joined-up review’ 

17 Jan

The A102 on a polluted day: Campaigners fear the Silvertown Tunnel will increase pollution and congestion across east and south-east London London mayor Sadiq Khan agreed to continue with Boris Johnson’s plans to build the controversial Silvertown ...

London Boat Show 2017 

13 Jan

As the London Boat Show approaches it’s final few days I decided to have a quick look at some of the boats on display.

Pictorial History of the West India Docks. Part 5: Closure 

24 Dec

Survey of London: In 1973 the PLA committed itself to a gradual transfer of operations from the India and Millwall Docks to the Royal Docks.

Advent Calendar – Day 13 

13 Dec

The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it’s of London’s old railway stations.

It’s Flaming June in London but only until April 

12 Dec

A painting, once lauded, then lost, rediscovered by a builder, sold for its frame only, dismissed as junk, and now a priceless work of art and back at its place of birth, in London.

Repurposing the North Woolwich line 

9 Dec

Repurposing the North Woolwich line Ten years ago today (sorry, it's a bit of retrospective week), one of East London's oldest railway lines closed down.

Drawing for Floristry – Beckton Globe 

5 Dec

  Tuesday 10 th January 6.30pm – 8.30pm 6 weeks Level 1 Award Course cost: £60 (Full Fee) £20 (Part-Concession) £0 (Full Concession ESA/JSA) *Materials not included The course covers the foundations of good drawing practice, observational skills...

Drawing for Fashion Illustration – Beckton Globe 

5 Dec

  Friday 13 th January 1.00pm – 3.00pm 6 weeks Non-Accredited Course cost: £60 (Full Fee) £20 (Part-Concession) £0 (Full Concession ESA/JSA) The course covers the foundations of good drawing practice, observational skills and the formal ...

Party says no 

5 Dec

After the final set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at eleven wards to nine in favour of an open selection for Labour’s 2018 mayoral candidate.

“Second councillor puts name forward as potential 2018 Newham mayoral candidate” 

1 Dec

Newham Recorder "A second councillor has said she will stand as Labour’s 2018 Newham mayoral candidate if there is an open selection process for election.

Newham MP supports our vision for a new London River Centre 

22 Nov

Newham MP Stephen Timms joined our clean-up on the Silvertown foreshore last week and expressed his warm support for our proposed new London River Centre at Gallions Reach.

As it stands 

18 Nov

After the first set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at nine wards to three in favour of automatically reselecting Sir Robin Wales as Labour’s candidate.

SS Robin takes a trip 

7 Nov

The SS Robin has been moored in the Royal Victoria Dock, alongside the Millennium Mills site in Silvertown, for quite a few years now but she has spent the last week temporarily moored in Pontoon Dock whilst some other activity was taking place at ...

A Good Hotel in the Royal Docks 

14 Oct

If someone now asks you the question if you know of a good hotel in the Royal Docks area of East London you will be able to say that there is the Good Hotel .

Education not Segregation: Canning town Labour stall and door knock 

12 Oct

Picture college from Saturday's West Ham Labour street stall and door knock in Canning Town.

“Education not Segregation” – West Ham Labour Party Street Stall: Barking Rd, 11.30am, Saturday 8 October 

5 Oct

"Despite the rain we had a great turnout last week - so we'd thought we'd do it again.

Planned Thames road tunnel “not green enough” 

5 Oct

Pic: Policy Exchange, Flickr Campaigners have attacked Sadiq Khan’s decision to give the green light to a new road tunnel under the Thames  in east London– which he is hoping to open in 2023 to help tackle increasing congestion and pollution.

Five new river crossings announced by the Mayor 

4 Oct

The Mayor of London has outlined aspirations for a number of new river crossings in East London, which is a bit of a north-south barrier at the moment as far as transport is concerned.


22 Sep

A very different and interesting visit on open house weekend was to Custom House.

London’s Burning (again) 

29 Aug

No, it’s not a rerun or remake of the TV series but a commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London .

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