"Clapton is now officially one of the most sought-after locations in London after £3.3 million worth of new properties changed hands in a single night. The purchases took place at an exclusive investor party held by developer George Wimpey to launch phase two of Altius, a stylish development of one and two-bedroom apartments on Mount Pleasant Hill. Ten plots were sold during the three-hour event, including the penthouse property. A further five properties have since been reserved by investors who attended the party. George Wimpey believes this rapid rate of sales demonstrates that people’s perceptions of East London are changing fast, particularly with the forecast Olympic Games investment spearheading its regeneration. Tina Dedman, sales director for George Wimpey East London, said: 'Investors are now seeing Clapton as a stylish, up-and-coming location perfect for young professional tenants. With Canary Wharf and the Olympic venues close by, the area is set to become a hotbed for ambitious people – and buy-to-let investors have clearly seen the possibilities this area holds.'”
"Gang membership and guns are increasingly part of urban youth culture. We make a serious mistake if we believe gun violence is essentially so-called black-on-black crime, especially when a causal link is made with absent fathers as both the government and David Cameron insist on doing. Among the many young people celebrating top grade GCSEs are scores of young black males from single-mother households.
Government concentrates at its peril on on the identity of the gunmen and not on the fact that guns are more readily available to them than MP3s. It beggars belief that, given the tender age of those now involved in gun violence, the police have such little success in stemming the supply of guns. Finally, if we focus on the influence of YouTube and 50 Cent instead of on equipping young people with strategies to help them puruse their interests, we will end up ptting an increasing number of them behind bars - and that by itself will not stop the killings any more than Jacqui Smith's acceptable behaviour contracts would."
Written by Professor Gus John, fellow, Institute of Education, University of London. And also a former Hackney Director of Education. Comment anyone?
After last year's death wish relgation struggle, imagine my amazement at returning from holiday to find Orient at the top of League One after winning their first three matches of the season. It also gives me the perfect opportunity to publish this picture of an Orient team when the club was called Clapton Orient.
Glorious. Thanks to Felix for finding this on eBay.
It's tempting to respond with scorn to news that the council is to radically reorganise its social work department. The Guardian reported this on the 1st of this month, the day before the schizophrenic Vivian Gamor pleaded guilty to the brutal manslaughter of her two young children in her flat in Pembury Close. We await the result of the council's investigation into criticism of its role. Yet there may be much to be said for the new approach the Council department is to take. The new emphasis will be on teams working with whole families rather than than individuals in isolation, with frontline workers having much of their administrative burden taken off their hands. The "whole family" approach has seemed to work well for voluntary sector bodies in other places. Read more about the new Hackney approach here and on the Council website. My stuff about whole family social care schemes elsehwere is here and here.