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    UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Indian Minister for Financial and Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman will prioritise infrastructure investment as part of a side event at the 10th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue today (28th October). The UK Chancellor and Additional Secretary of India’s Department of Economic Affairs of Finance Ministry, CS Mohapatra will both join the Lord Mayor of London William Russell in giving special addresses at the UK – India Investing for Growth Forum. This comes ahead of a panel event led by Hitendra Dave, HSBC’s Head of Global Banking and Markets India and Co-Chair of the UK-India Sustainable Finance Working Group. The two organisations that form the joint secretariat of the Group - the City of London Corporation and The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) – are co-hosting the event. It is estimated that India requires some $4.5 trillion of infrastructure financing by 2040. Investment in projects within the country offer substantial social and economic development benefits and are also a major opportunity to support the post-pandemic global economy. Lord Mayor of London William Russell said: “India holds huge potential for investors, and the Indian government’s ambitious vision for infrastructure financing is a massive opportunity to drive the post-pandemic global economy forwards. “London has deep expertise in sustainable infrastructure investment, and this event is a huge opportunity to mobilise capital ahead of COP26.” Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness said: “Our two countries are already working very closely together as part of the UK-India Sustainable Finance Working Group in order to reduce barriers to sustainable investment. “The UK is home to many world-class institutions from all stages of the investment lifecycle, from project conception to delivery and advisory. It is vital that we continue to leverage that expertise enabling us to collaborate ever more closely as we look ahead to COP26 in the UK next year.” Joint statement from Co-Chairs of UK-India Sustainable Finance Working Group, Hitendra Dave and Richard Abel: “We are delighted that the Chancellor and Finance Minister have welcomed the work of the UK-India Sustainable Finance Working Group. Much needs to be done to unlock capital for sustainable growth, and together with the members of our working group, we hope to take practical actions in the coming 12 months to accelerate investment into India and deliver progress ahead of COP26.” It comes as a series of ambitious new initiatives are announced by both governments across trade, investment, infrastructure, sustainable finance and research. Infrastructure investment has received a renewed boost from the UK and India and will support in catalysing private finance flows into India’s infrastructure pipeline. The City of London has deep expertise in supporting sustainable infrastructure investment projects around the world, supported through more than 40 international construction firms on the London Stock Exchange. Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) is India’s oldest association of business organisations, with an indirect membership of 250,000 companies across the country. www.ficci.in More...
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    London Metropolitan Archives will launch a project tomorrow (29 October 2020) that focuses on the records of over 2,600 people of colour found in Anglican parish registers across the capital. Over the last 20 years, staff and volunteers at the City of London Corporation’s Clerkenwell-based archives have carried out this research, which continues to this day, leading to the publication of Switching the Lens - Rediscovering Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and Indigenous Heritage, 1561 to 1840. The new dataset offers exciting and intriguing insights into the lived experiences of people in London from 16th to 19th centuries, according to the research team at LMA. Among those discovered during the project are: Anne Vause, a royal trumpeter employed at the Tower of London and buried in 1616; Beuraws Panfield, a sailor from HMS Voluntaire who fought in the Napoleonic wars and was baptised in Bethnal Green in 1813; and Jonathan Strong, an enslaved man brought to London from Barbados, who challenged the status of slavery in the City courts and was baptised in Shoreditch in 1765. The Switching the Lens - Rediscovering Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and Indigenous Heritage, 1561 to 1840 dataset will be available to search within the London Metropolitan Archives Collections Catalogue from tomorrow (29 October) at https://search.lma.gov.uk/ Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said: “Twenty years in the making, this resource will enable those who use it to glean valuable and in some cases, poignant and personal insights into the nature of immigration several centuries ago. “The extensive collections under the stewardship of London Metropolitan Archives, its skilfully curated and presented projects, such as Switching the Lens, and the archives’ in-house experts continue to place it among the most widely respected resources of its kind in the UK.” City of London Corporation’s Director of London Metropolitan Archives, Geoff Pick, said: “We hope that this project will prove as informative as it is instructive because, although London has always been home to a very diverse population, this fact has often been obscured by mainstream British history’s exclusion of the histories of people of colour, and its narratives constructed around colonialism. “The project’s name reflects the variety and breadth of the contribution made by the capital’s diverse communities – ‘rediscovering’, because this history has always been present, and ‘Switching the Lens’, because we are being pro-active in highlighting it more widely.” The City of London Corporation, which owns and manages London Metropolitan Archives, is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year. In partnership with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, and Museum of London, the City Corporation is leading the development of Culture Mile between Farringdon and Moorgate, a multi-million-pound initiative to create a new cultural and creative destination for London. As part of this, the City Corporation is providing a £197m investment in the new Museum of London, which will open in West Smithfield in 2024. ENDS Notes for Editors: Senior Archivist for Switching the Lens, Howard Doble; External Advisor for the project, Veronica Mckenzie; and City of London Corporation’s Director of London Metropolitan Archives, Geoff Pick, are available for media interviews. Please contact Andrew Buckingham (see below) for details. Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer (Arts & Culture), City of London Corporation M: +44 (0) 7795 333060 / Email: andrew.buckingham@cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    A significant new office block is set to be developed near to the Barbican after planning permission was granted today (27 October) by the City of London Corporation. The eight-storey office building at 1-12 Long Lane will also have a retail offering and the plan includes parking for up to 125 cycles at this prominent location within the Culture Mile - the new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate. More than 8,000sqm of flexible office floorspace and more than 700sqm of retail floorspace will be made available through the high quality scheme. The development also includes re-landscaping which offers a range of seating, a living green wall and public realm improvements. Oliver Sells QC, Deputy Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “The approved scheme strikes the right balance of office and retail space while enhancing this part of the City and taking into consideration the responses from residents and officers. “The inclusion of cycle parking provisions and urban greening elements are particularly commendable and reflect the City Corporation’s commitments to tackling air pollution and increasing sustainability.” The City of London Corporation has a commitment to world-class sustainable development and has included the key aims of greening of the City and more open spaces in the City Plan 2036. As part of this, all new developments and refurbishments will be required to include a greening element to the building or public realm to contribute to improving biodiversity, rainwater run-off, air and noise pollution, temperature regulation, and making the City a more visually desirable business location. END Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk CGI image credit: Miller Hare More...
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    Camden’s vibrant high streets are part of what makes our borough the unique and exciting place that it is. Over the past few months, local businesses have faced many challenges with independent businesses in particular hit the hardest. To support the businesses we know and love, the Council is launching a campaign to encourage residents to rediscover their high street and everything it has to offer, from shops and restaurants to cultural spots and outdoor spaces. Here are just a few reasons to head back to Camden’s high streets: Belsize Village ‘Streatery’ with its outdoor licence renewed until January 2021 the Belsize Village Streatery is a great place to enjoy al fresco dining, complete with environmentally friendly outdoor heaters to help you through the winter months. Find it at Belsize Terrace, Belsize Park, London NW3 5AS. Camden Market offers an eclectic mix of shops and market stalls, both indoors and outside, with everything from vintage fashion to handcrafted accessories and unique gifts. Take advantage of discounts of up to 25% at over 60 participating restaurants, shops, stalls and cafés as part of the Camden Card. Also, don’t miss the ‘Music Walk of Fame’ - a mile-long trail dedicated to Camden’s musical trailblazers. Drummond Street is home to some of Europe’s best authentic Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants, with amazing vegetarian and vegan options. With new outdoor seating areas and enticing discounts at some of its best known venues, Drummond Street is set to be a prime destination this winter. Holborn & Bloomsbury is the place to visit this half term with the British Museum, Sir John Soane’s House and Charles ****ens museum. Grab lunch on one of the side streets around Museum Street or Lamb’s Conduit Street, or drop by Coram’s Fields: an incredible seven-acre playground and park for children and young people open seven days a week. To find out what your local high street has to offer, visit camden.gov.uk/camden-high-streets and share your own hidden gems by using the hastag #LoveyourCamden. More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    Crowdfund Lambeth contributed to a successful fundraiser for sports community project 3Pillars based at the Black Prince Trust. The post Crowdfund Lambeth supports sports role model project *** appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    We held a range of events to celebrate Lambeth Clean Air Week (5- 9 October). Thank you for attending our events, and we look forward to Lambeth Clean Air Week 2021. The post Wrapping up Lambeth Clean Air Week 2020 appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    The festive season will be*very*different for all of us this*year,*but*we are busy decking the halls*to make*this yuletide as magical as ever for our residents. More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    Despite the current restrictions,*the*Royal*Borough of*Greenwich is still hoping to do Remembrance Day justice around the borough. More...
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    As the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of digital literacy, Hackney Council has launched a campaign to help residents improve their digital skills. The campaign includes a toolkit of easy to follow step-by-step videos and a new intergenerational digital training programme matching younger people with residents who have very limited digital skills. Videos include how to set up a new device and how to use Zoom and WhatsApp , as well as important information regarding scams and online dangers. The council has been working with local care homes to train care workers to teach elderly people how best to use online functions. It has also launched the Digital Buddies Programme, which is led by volunteers aged 16-18, who provide one to one training to help older people get online and navigate the internet. Venislava Lozanova, a carer for people with personal care medication at Ashley Court Housing with care scheme, has been helping residents who are unable to use the internet independently. She said that working through the videos with residents has definitely raised their confidence. “Margerette enjoys going online and can even do some basic things herself now”. However, it isn’t just elderly people who struggle with using the internet, there are many residents who face literacy and language barriers when trying to access basic functions. Therefore the resources available have been created for a universal audience to help all residents to improve their digital skills. For further information and to access the online tools or request a digital buddy please visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/digital-skills More...
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    We know that many families across Hackney enjoy the tradition of going out trick or treating on Halloween, but it's important your safety comes first this year. There are other ways you can celebrate Halloween: watch a spooky film carve pumpkins at home trick or treat in your house by knocking on different internal doors in your own home where you can leave treats for your children or try a Halloween version of an Easter egg hunt If you decide to go trick or treating, please make sure you only visit households that you know are participating, so you don't add further risk to yourselves or anybody who is shielding or self-isolating. Remember, you can mix outdoors in groups of no more than six and you should still be keeping two metres from anyone you do not live with. Don't mix indoors with anyone outside your household bubble. Make sure to wear a face covering on public transport and in public indoor settings and practice good hand hygiene at all times by regularly using hand sanitizer or washing your hands for 20 seconds. If you do not want trick or treaters knocking this year, why not download and print the window poster so families know not to visit? More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    Developers and architects who plan and design buildings, streets and public spaces in Hackney will have to put the interests, needs and activities of children and young people at the core of their plans, under innovative new design guidelines being consulted on by Hackney Council. Following approval at the Council’s Cabinet last Monday (19 October), a consultation has been launched today on the draft Child-Friendly Places Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The new design guidelines will ensure all those who play a key role in planning and designing spaces in Hackney actively consider and plan for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by establishing child-friendly principles and design guidelines for any proposed developments. The ambition is to ensure that any proposed development in Hackney accommodates and supports children and young people in moving through the borough, providing them with opportunities to get physically active, connect with nature, and play in safe, healthy and unpolluted public spaces. The draft planning document will help shape a better environment for existing and future residents, drawing on lessons from pioneering initiatives such as Hackney’s School Streets, which will see 40 streets around schools close to motor traffic at certain times to help families walk and cycle to school. The consultation process will run until 12 January 2021 and will gather views on the child-friendly principles, design guidelines and engagement tools through an interactive website as well as workshops with various groups, including schools, youth centres, disability groups and built environment professionals. To view the draft Child-Friendly SPD and to share your views, please visit the dedicated Commonplace consultation website here More...
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    As part of efforts to support the increase in coronavirus testing capacity in Hackney, Hackney Council has given permission for the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to open a walk through coronavirus Local Testing Station at Sandford Court. There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in Hackney in recent weeks, with a particular increase in Stamford Hill which has among the highest infection rates in London. Ensuring that those with coronavirus symptoms can get a test is vital to restricting the spread of the virus and helping to keep Hackney safe. The Council has therefore been working with the Department for Health and Social Care to identify suitable sites for testing facilities for Hackney residents. Sandford Court has been chosen because the estate has space to accommodate a testing site without causing health risks or significant disruption to residents. It will provide vital additional testing facilities close to where people live locally – particularly for those who don’t have a car. About the Local Testing StationLocal Testing Stations are being set up around the UK by the government’s Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) to provide access to coronavirus testing by the NHS Test & Track service. The Council does not set them up or operate them, but has supported the government to identify suitable locations, ensure they operate safely and with minimal disruption to residents, and promote their availability locally. Providing enough testing capacity is vital to tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Testing sites are needed to ensure local people can get tested as quickly as possible when they experience coronavirus symptoms. As well as helping to save lives, this can help us ensure those who are infected don’t spread the virus and put other people in the community at risk, and allow us to better understand local infection rates so that the right preventative measures can be put in place. Why Sandford Court? Stamford Hill is a coronavirus hotspot, and has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in London and in the UK. We have been working with the DHSC to identify a suitable site that is: Local to Stamford Hill so that local people can access it easily, even if they don’t have a car Accessible seven days a week and throughout the day Able to accommodate separate entry and exit points On a hard surface, so that it will not be affected by the weather Not a risk to local residents or members of the public. As part of this process we have considered many potential options for the site. Sandford Court is the only option currently available which meets these criteria. The Local Testing Station will be in place for a minimum of 13 weeks, and potentially longer should the need for local testing continue. During that time, we will continue to search for an alternative location. If one becomes available, for example if a commercial site is no longer in use, we will look to move the Local Testing Station after the initial 13 week period. What safety measures will be in place at Sandford Court? All government testing sites are fully risk-assessed and must comply with strict risk measures to ensure they are COVID-secure. This includes having a secure perimeter with entry and exit into the testing station managed by trained security personnel, and all on-site staff adhering to enhanced protective measures and cleaning procedures. Sites cannot open without NHS approval certifying that the testing station does not pose an increased risk to the safety of members of the public. The safety of the public at Sandford Court and nearby is paramount. Stringent health and safety measures will be put in place to protect local people from infection and ensure the Local Testing Station does not pose an increased risk to residents or members of the public walking along Bethune Road. The safety measures assume that residents on the estate and nearby are particularly vulnerable to risks of coronavirus so that the Local Testing Station meets the highest safety standards. The following measures will be in place to ensure the safety of local residents: The Local Testing Station, including all waiting and testing areas and access routes, will be segregated from the estate and any publicly accessible areas by fencing. Access to and from the site will be clearly signposted from Bethune Road, so there will be no interaction with local residents. This layout has been inspected and approved by a consultant from the City & Hackney public health service to ensure it does not pose an increased risk of infection to the public. After booking their tests, people will receive the full address and directions to the testing station. The site will be set up to help people maintain social distancing, as well as to avoid queues of people waiting for a test in public spaces. Security officers will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure the safety and security of NHS staff and equipment. This should also help deter any other potential crime and anti-social behaviour. All visitors to the Local Testing Station will be required to follow clear coronavirus-safe practices, such as social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing station). All on-site operational staff will wear PPE and follow coronavirus-safe practices such as social distancing, washing their hands. The site will be divided into zones with very strict dress codes to ensure staff safety. The staff who are not meeting the people being tested do not wear PPE, for example when taking breaks or eating lunch. A strict cleaning regime for the whole testing station which means that facilities are cleaned multiple times a day to ensure very high standards of hygiene. Waste from the testing station will be removed safely, on a regular basis, and will not be placed in the bins used by residents. All used water from sinks, toilets and wash hand basins will be stored in tanks and removed by tanker. How to get a test Residents can book a test online, by calling 119, or using the NHS Covid-19 app. Typically, bookings for a testing station are made available from 6pm the evening before the appointment, but please remember you must have symptoms to book. A Mobile Testing Station will be in operation at Sandford Court from 10:30am-3.30pm on Thursday 29 October, and will then run every other day until the Local Testing Station opens in mid-November. Find out more Frequently asked questions for Sandford Court residents Letter to Sandford Court residents 27 October 2020 Letter to Sandford Court residents 6 October 2020 Residents with any further questions or concerns about the Mobile Testing Unit or the Local Testing Station at Sandford Court can email info@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 3330 and select the option to discuss Sandford Court. More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    With Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching this is a reminder to all residents that Haringey remains in Tier Two of the regulations and we are determi More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    The installation of new play equipment in a re-designed playground in Kings Meadow Bromley will soon go ahead following a successful grant application. More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    Croydon Council?s antisocial behaviour officers have been busy helping residents in their battle against criminal and offensive neighbours, successfully securing a number of Premises Closure Orders (PCOs). More...
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    Kingston Council has been notified of the judgement made in the case of RBK v Moss. More...
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    This morning (Wednesday, 28 October), the Council was informed of reports of a bomb threat at the John Lewis department store in Kingston town centre. More...
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    Over the last few days we have seen a huge swell of support from local businesses that want to offer their support to children and families that do not benefit from free meals during half term. More...
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    Children?s play areas in Sir Francis Barker Recreation Ground, RAF Chessington Playground and Athelstan Recreation Ground are set to be revamped in 2021. More...
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    Merton Council has won a prestigious national industry award for pioneering the world?s first low emission zone for construction. The Air Quality team from Merton?s Regulatory Services Partnership won the More...
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    Last Sunday, a team of COVID-19 Information Officers took to the streets to support residents in following the latest guidance, promote the NHS Test and Trace app, and spread the More...
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    Whether you?re taking part in Halloween, Bonfire Night, or Diwali celebrations this autumn, this year?s festivities will be looking a lot different. We know it can be especially difficult to More...
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    If you are an unpaid carer you are entitled to a free flu jab. More...
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    The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Jane Cooper, has opened a £250,000 refurbishment of a multi-use games area (?MUGA?) as part of the Alton regeneration. Children from Heathmere School were invited to a socially-distanced opening event featuring mural painting, daffodil painting and the construction of a bug hotel to encourage wildlife. More...
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    The completion of the ?missing link? in the Wandle Riverside Walk has come a step closer. More...
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    The council has announced its biggest climate event of the year. More...
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    Wandsworth Council is urging people to celebrate Halloween safely this year. More...
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    Now more than ever, local businesses need you! When was the last time you visited your favourite local book shop, caf? or hairdresser? More...
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    Yesterday, 13:00
    Parents planning Halloween fun this year are being asked to remember the importance of Hands, Face, Space and the Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions currently in force in Harrow. More...
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