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Parks and green spaces across Newham have been a “lifeline” for many during the coronavirus pandemic - and several have received international recognition.

Teenagers helping to bring a decaying old Father Thames stone arch battered by a century of east London pollution back to life have got a big thank you from the neighbours and from the Duke of Gloucester.

Water supply to homes across east London should be restored today after engineers worked through the night to fix a burst pipe.

Two MPs have urged the mayor of London to scrap £1.2billion plans to build a tunnel to Silvertown because of the “perilous” state of TfL’s coronavirus hit coffers.

Neighbours have demanded tougher action against fly-tippers, warning their streets are becoming hotpsots for illegal dumping.

Extinction Rebellion activists have targeted London City Airport in a demonstration over private air travel.

Enforcement of the healthy school streets schemes is to restart.

A series of public benches with “creative and playful” designs that promote healthier lifestyles will be installed at the Royal Docks this autumn.

Amateur photographers are encouraged to capture the Thames as it comes back to life after months of lockdown restrictions.

A temporary mortuary built on a beauty spot at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has been removed and will give way to a new wildflower habitat.

Plans for the first cross-borough low traffic neighbourhood scheme in the capital are to be put in place, but without a public consultation.

A £123million project to upgrade the Beckton sewage works so it can cope with London’s growing population is due to start early next year.

Volunteers have helped keep a park in Newham tidy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

A £1billion new housing complex with almost 4,000 homes on the Lea riverbank is being put on the property market next to the historic old Bromley-by-Bow gasworks.

The council has launched a consultation over the introduction of parking permit charges aimed at tackling toxic air, the climate emergency and emissions.

A ban on disposable barbecues is being urged by firefighters fearing a spike in grass fires.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could lead to flooding in London and the east of England, the Met Office has warned.

Measures aimed at making social distancing safer for cyclists and pedestrians have been approved by the council.

Campaigners have criticised plans to cut car use and promote active travel, claiming they lack ambition.

Plans to help people walk and cycle rather than using public transport or cars have been unveiled by the council.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners urged the council to “be bold, be brave and dream of a new world beyond Covid-19” at a protest.

Neighbours are demanding action to stop motorcyclists turning a park into a no go area.

Park rangers and security will “step in” if social distancing measures are ignored at open spaces, the boss of the Olympic Park has warned as restrictions on outdoor activities are eased.

The reopening of a tip has prompted the council to warn people not to visit unless “absolutely necessary”.

The massive Thames Clipper riverboat service that normally carries around four million commuters a year between Canary Wharf and the City is being suspended from Saturday because of the pandemic crisis.

A Newham family business is offering to disinfect four care homes in the borough free of charge.

A young scientist has been named one of Forbes’s 30 top entrepreneurs in Europe aged under 30.

The council has urged people to have their say on plans to change the borough’s parking policy.

Strike action could be back on the table in Newham Council’s refuse division where at least six dustmen have been kept off work.

Neighbours are calling for Travellers occupying a vacant site in East Ham to be removed amid claims of littering and anti-social behaviour.

Council officers launched a probe into the finances at a Canning Town tenant management organisation after a string of allegations.

Londoners can expect very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel over the weekend as Storm Dennis swoops in.

Extinction Rebellion activists have protested outside the office of a Canadian pensions firm investing in London City Airport.

More than 10 security cameras have been down for months in Plaistow as the council finishes an overhaul of its CCTV network.

More than 1,000 new trees are set to be planted in Newham’s streets in a bid to improve air quality.

Youngsters at risk from gangs in Newham could be transported to a new gym in an ex-military vehicle to keep them safe.

The final deadline is looming for Newham residents to comment on proposals for a vast new entertainment hub in Stratford.

London will not meet a target to recycle half of all household waste unless significant action is taken to tackle a “postcode lottery” on landfill, campaigners warn.

The number of people who were subjected to on-the-spot searches by police in Newham skyrocketed last year.

“It’s a game of chess played at 150mph.”

Environmental campaigners have urged the council to turbo charge efforts to end its investments in fossil fuel firms.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after police descended on a former pub and hotel in Plaistow earlier this week.

People charging their electric vehicles at one of Stratford’s biggest venues are paying “extortionate” extra costs, the Mayor of London has been told.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Formula E driver Sam Bird visited Salisbury Primary School to find out about the work being done to improve air quality in one of Newham’s most polluted areas.

Planning officers faced a grilling from Stratford residents over the proposed MSG Sphere during an impromptu Q&A last night.

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