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Boris consults on new bike route – through a building site

by George Allan on September 11, 2014

Mayor Boris Johnson’s agency Transport for London is consulting on a new north-south cycle “superhighway” from Kings Cross to Elephant and Castle.  The consultation web site is here. Parts of the scheme such as Blackfriars Road look attractive in the computer-generated image on the site. Equally, it looks like a good idea to take cycle […]

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Council consults on Clerkenwell Fire Station

by George Allan on August 8, 2014

Islington Council has issued a “planning brief” for consultation on the future of Clerkenwell’s historic Fire Station, closed by Boris Johnson in January 2014. The relevant web page is here. There will also be “drop in” sessions at Holy Redeemer Church, Exmouth Market, on the following dates: 16 August 2014     11.00 – 2.00pm 21 August […]

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Exmouth Market resurfacing “starts in October”

by George Allan on July 31, 2014

Much-postponed work to resurface the characterful Exmouth Market is to take place in October/November, says Islington Council. I asked the Council why work had not started – as was intended – early in 2014.  Previous explanations have included the need to fix non-functioning drainage.  Now the Council tells me it is trying to fit the […]

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Reducing the strength of Alcohol in Clerkenwell

by George Allan on July 21, 2014

Islington Council has become the 70th council in England to start an initiative to suppress the sale of high-strength beers and ciders. This is welcome, if long overdue. Earlier this year I successfully pressed the Council to extend this initiative to Clerkenwell and in March I toured local off-licences urging them to take part, accompanied […]

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Lib Dems fight Britton Street issues

by George Allan on March 2, 2014

Lib Dems are going into action on a wide range of issues affecting Clerkenwell’s historic  characterful Britton Street area. It’s a characterful street- but narrow, with chaotic parking and loading, poor pavements, no exit for heavy vehicles and suffering from the curse of inconsiderate – and illegal – engine idling from vans and minicabs. Read […]

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Air Quality: European Union acts to enforce improvements

by George Allan on February 20, 2014

The EU has initiated legal action against the UK for its long-running failure to implement measures to improve air quality. The issue is nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas. The EU’s press release, here, explains: “Nitrogen dioxide is the main pre-cursor for ground-level ozone causing major respiratory problems and leading to premature death. City-dwellers are particularly […]

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Please Call in Mount Pleasant, Mr Pickles

by George Allan on February 6, 2014

I have today written to Eric Pickles, Secetary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking him to call-in the planning decisions on Mount Pleasant, so as to make the decision instead of Mayor Boris Johnson. Mayor Johnson has already called in these decisions, so as to determine them himself under his statutory powers.  But […]

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Boris calls in Mount Pleasant Decision

by George Allan on January 22, 2014

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called in the decision on  the controversial redevelopment of Mount Pleasant.  A press release he has issued is here. I had learned of Royal Mail’s attempt to get a call-in a few days ago, and alerted the Lib Dem team at City Hall, led by Caroline Pidgeon, to […]

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A sad chapter  in Clerkenwell’s history was written today as the Fire Station closed. Demonstrators gathered in angry mood in Rosebery Avenue as the last Fire Fighters, some in tears, walked out at 9.30am.  Speeches condemned Boris Johnson’s single-minded pursuit of the closures and thanked all concerned in the campaign to stop them. Attention will […]

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Crossrail says farewell to Phyllis

by George Allan on November 20, 2013

Yesterday, I visited the westbound Crossrail tunnel 30 metres below Clerkenwell and said farewell to its unseen creator, Phyllis. Crossrail’s Farringdon worksite is like no other I have ever seen.  It is like the set of  the film Alien, with a touch of Quatermass and the Pit.  But at its centre is Phyllis, one of […]

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