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    21st February 2020, 21:00
    More people will be able and encouraged to shape local decision-making in Croydon under new plans to change the council?s constitution and structure for the first time in a generation. More...
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    21st February 2020, 21:00
    Results are already being seen from work to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in Bromley town centre alongside a continued commitment for action. More...
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    21st February 2020, 21:00
    Sixty-one unsafe electrical fan heaters have been removed from a stall in the Walnuts Market, Orpington. More...
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    21st February 2020, 21:00
    Southwark Council has responded to the Mayor?s decision to approve Grosvenor?s application for the Biscuit Factory re-development in Bermondsey. More...
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    21st February 2020, 21:00
    More LGBTQ+ survivors of ***ual violence in Lambeth are now getting specialist support. The post Lambeth PRIDES Itself on Talking About ***ual Violence Campaign ? 6 months on appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    21st February 2020, 21:00
    The Lord Mayor of London will this week visit Durham and Newcastle to boost business ties with the North East region. It is the first time a Lord Mayor of London has visited the two cities, during which he will meet business leaders from the local financial and professional services sector and, as alumni, senior figures from Durham University. As an ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services industry, the Lord Mayor will use the meetings to foster a closer relationship in the sector as part of the City Corporation’s ambition to support the financial and professional services capabilities of the whole UK. The visit will also be used to champion creativity and culture as part of the Lord Mayor’s ‘Global UK’ agenda which promotes growing global trade and investment, boosting innovation and a rich and vibrant cultural and creative economy. William Russell, the Lord Mayor of London, said: “Both Newcastle and Durham have excellent access to talent via world-leading universities, and as a result have built increasingly recognised financial and related professional services and innovation hubs. “While this sector has its historical roots in the City, it is a UK-wide industry, and it is collectively that we succeed. After all, two thirds of the financial and professional services industry is based outside of London. “That’s why we are here today. We are determined to work with other cities and regions because we know that a strong domestic economy means a stronger, more competitive UK on the world stage.” 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 More...
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    21st February 2020, 12:00
    Following a 2-stage competition process and extensive public engagement, Richmond Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed the intended appointment of their preferred architect and design team to work on the future Twickenham Riverside redevelopment. More...
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    21st February 2020, 12:00
    Merton Council is encouraging residents to apply to close their road for a street party on 8, 9 or 10 May in celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. More...
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    21st February 2020, 12:00
    New research by Camden Council estimates that nearly half of the short term let properties available in the borough last year exceeded the legal 90-night allowance. The council collected data on entire homes available for short term let throughout 2019 and of the approximately 7,100 homes available, 3,400 (48%) exceeded the 90-night allowance – representing over half of the homes needed in the borough to help the 6,000 families on the council’s housing waiting list. However, it remains difficult to effectively locate properties being used for short term let. Avoidance tactics such as listing a property across multiple sites, using different locations and different photos make it harder for local authorities to effectively enforce breaches of the de-regulation act, which allows properties to be rented for up to 90-nights without applying for planning permission. Therefore, the true extent to which the short term let market is being exploited remains a hidden issue and often only comes to light when residents are frequently disturbed by tourists. Short term lets do have benefits such as offering home owners additional income, accommodation for visitors to the borough and helping residents to meet new people. However, at a time when around a third of Camden residents rent from private landlords and more permanent homes are needed, properties being used as full-time short term lets risk adding to the housing shortage and driving up rents. In response the council is calling for the introduction of a mandatory register or licensing system for short term let properties so that the 90-night law can be properly enforced. Acting within the current legislation Camden Council also plans to introduce a short term let pilot scheme later this year. The pilot scheme will see the council collaborate with residents on finding properties in short term let use and raising awareness of the 90-night limit. More...
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    21st February 2020, 12:00
    We are shocked and saddened by the attack that has occurred at London Central Mosque yesterday, and all our thoughts and hopes are with the victim for his swift recovery. The victim was stabbed as he called others to prayer, to a communal act of faith that was violently interrupted by a single individual. Whilst we do not know at this time their motives, it is less than two months since we have come together to express concern about attacks on other places of worship. Our mosques, our synagogues and our churches must be places of sanctuary and care, and we are committed to ensuring that they are protected and that worshippers feel safe. Police and Council community safety officers contacted all mosques in Camden yesterday and are undertaking additional reassurance patrols today. We recognise that our Muslim friends, family, neighbours and colleagues might feel anxious about their safety, and we want to reiterate that Camden is a place that rejects violence in all its forms, and as Leaders we stand with them in proudly living their faith in our shared community. Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn More...
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    21st February 2020, 12:00
    Policy Chair of the City of London, Catherine McGuinness, will give a speech at the City Property Association (CPA) Green Finance Seminar this morning (21 February). Addressing an audience of London’s leading property industry experts, she will outline the ways in which the City of London Corporation ensures sustainability in the Square Mile through eco-friendly development, bold transport initiatives and Green Finance. The Policy Chair’s speech will be followed by an expert panel discussion on the impact Green Finance will have on the property sector. An extract from the Policy Chair’s speech is found below. Please check against delivery. “Here in the City, we have a new Transport Strategy which commits us to reducing the negative impacts of motor vehicles and supports the transition to a walking city. This includes the UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street at Beech Street this spring, with support from the Mayor of London. “When it comes to buildings, our Local Plan sets out an aspiration for all new buildings in the City to have net zero emissions. In recent weeks, our Planning and Transportation Committee approved plans for what will be the greenest building in the capital, with the largest green plant wall in Europe, at Holborn Viaduct. “We are also moving towards a zero-emission vehicle fleet, replacing many of our vehicles with electric and hybrid models – and we are encouraging our supply chains to do the same. “We have also drafted the Emissions Reduction (Local Authorities in London) Bill, which recently had its first reading in the House of Lords, with the aim of giving the City Corporation and London borough councils powers to control emissions. “Last year, we worked with the Treasury to launch the Green Finance Institute. As the leading forum for public and private sector collaboration in green finance, it is uniquely placed to accelerate the domestic and global transition to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient economy by mobilising capital. “It is focusing on financial solutions in three areas - overseas and sustainable commodity production across supply chains, resilient infrastructure in the UK, and the energy efficiency of UK buildings.” -ENDS- 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 More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Richmond Art House Open Studio Festival is offering young visual artists, designers and makers from across the borough the opportunity to take part in the 2020 Open Studios Festival for free, as part of its new First Steps Programme initiative. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Seven possible victims of human trafficking are under protection thanks to a multi-agency investigation into barber shops in Harrow and across north-west London. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    This month sees the launch of a national survey of Adult Social Care users. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Book your place at the Landlords? Conference More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Wandsworth Council has welcomed the 'fantastic' news that Tube roundels are being installed on station platforms ahead of the new Northern Line Extension opening in the borough. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    The council's Work Match jobs brokerage is helping Cineworld in Wandsworth recruit new permanent members of their team. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Hackney Council is set to hold a free advice and support session for residents affected by the Windrush scandal. The event will be facilitated by Cllr Carole Williams, the Council’s Windrush lead. Independent immigration lawyer Martin Forde QC and staff from the Citizens Advice Bureau will also be on hand to offer support and advice. Both Cllr Williams and Martin Forde have been instrumental in ensuring the Windrush scandal is addressed and the Home Office are held to account to provide compensation. The event is open to anyone affected by the scandal, with experts on hand to offer free, confidential advice on how to apply to the Government’s compensation scheme. Community groups and those who may be in a position to help older family members are particularly encouraged to attend. The drop-in session will offer practical information on the Windrush Compensation Scheme. A video, group discussions and one-to-one sessions will be hosted throughout the evening and leaflets will be provided to take home. Compensation is available for those who have suffered because they couldn’t easily demonstrate their right to live in the UK. This includes loss of employment, loss of housing, impact education, non-access to banking, wrongful deportation and immigration fees incurred, plus any impact on ‘normal daily life’ and mental health. There is no limit to the amount of money that could be paid out. The scheme is open to anyone from a Commonwealth country, regardless of nationality, who arrived before 1 January 1973, and those with a ‘right of abode’ or ‘settled status’ who arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988. Compensation is also open to family members such as children, grandchildren and carers. To meet people who can help in a relaxed, confidential and safe space, come to the free drop-in session 2 March, Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, London E8 1GQ 4:00 pm - 7:00pm. If you are unable to attend but still need help you can call the freephone Windrush helpline: (0)800 678 1925 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can also email: WindrushCompensationScheme@homeoffice.gov.uk If you are overseas you can email and request a callback. For more information on how Hackney is supporting its Windrush Generation visit Hackney Council online. The scheme is open to anyone from a Commonwealth country. A list of Commonwealth countries is available here. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    The shortlist for the 2020 Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards has been announced and the public vote is now open. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Talking to someone and having the structure of somewhere to visit repeatedly both helped one Lambeth person with suicidal feelings benefit from Mosaic Clubhouse?s Evening Sanctuary. The post Mosaic ? support when someone?s finding it hard to cope appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    20th February 2020, 21:00
    Responding to the Government’s new immigration rules, Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation, said: “The UK’s future success depends on attracting and retaining high-quality talent. We have long said that a critical first step to achieving this is an efficient world-class visa system – it is welcome that the Government has recognised this. “There are other parts of the new system which will be well-received by our sector, such as abolishing the skilled visas cap. “However, the timeline for businesses to adapt to the system is ambitious. It is important that firms are given adequate notice to make the required preparations, particularly those SMEs who may not have the resources of larger employers. “We need an immigration system that works for the whole of the financial services ecosystem. This includes those supporting industries which keep the City ticking and we look forward to engaging with the Government on this particular issue. “The City’s diversity is one of its great strengths. To ensure the success of the Square Mile, London and wider-UK, it is crucial that we remain open and welcoming.” 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 More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    Seven possible victims of human trafficking are under protection thanks to a multi-agency investigation into barber shops in Harrow and across north-west London. More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    This month sees the launch of a national survey of adult social care users. More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    Wandsworth councillors have approved plans to transition the entire council to 100 per cent zero carbon energy. More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    Newham Council?s housing company and key delivery partner in its ambitious council housing programme, has been given the green light to lead development talks with residents on Stratford?s Carpenters Estate. ?At a Cabinet meeting this week (18 February), Red Door Ventures (RDV) was given approval to provide development management services for the next stage of work for the restoration of the estate. RDV, working closely, with the council, will now lead on discussions with residents to co-design a viable and deliverable development option.* Since November 2018, extensive consultation and engagement has taken place with residents living on the estate and those who have moved away but have the Right to Return. Options were developed over the summer with residents who attended a number of workshops. RDV and the council will now work closely with residents to create a more detailed vision for the Carpenters Estate and turn this into a financially viable masterplan. This plan will contain a clear ambition for the future of the estate, looking at how it will ensure it is restored as a neighbourhood and how it will connect to the wider Stratford area. It will also demonstrate the plan for delivering additional homes.** RDV, which was also given the go ahead to become a registered provider of housing enabling it to accelerate the delivery of genuinely affordable homes, will be renamed Populo Living. The name was taken from Newham Council?s Latin motto on its coat of arms ?Progressio *** Populo? which means Progress with the People?. It symbolises residents? ownership of everything the company does, in line with the council?s direction, which is to put people at the heart of all services. Since, the company was repurposed in 2018 by Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz to shift its focus from delivering homes at market rents to ensuring at least 50 per cent of all homes built are genuinely affordable, work is already underway on building the first 227 properties. This work is supported by the Mayor of London after the council made a successful bid to the Building Council Homes for Londoners programme and was awarded ?107million in grant funding. As a registered provider, RDV will be able to directly access the GLA?s Building Council Homes for Londoners grant.* As part of its business plan, it has set out proposals to deliver 4,700 properties over 15 years with 50 per cent of these available at genuinely affordable rents.* Mayor Fiaz said: ?Building more homes that our residents can afford has been a priority since May 2018. That?s why we?ve changed the focus of the council?s housing delivery company, so we can provide the homes our people need.* ?I?m really excited that Cabinet has tasked Red Door Ventures to drive forward our Carpenters Estate restoration programme with residents that live on the estate. They?ll be building on the 16 months of discussions we?ve already been having with our residents to ensure that the Carpenters Estate once again becomes a vibrant community neighbourhood. This reflects our agenda of involving residents in decision making and working collaboratively with them so that the skills, knowledge and experience of those who know the estate best are helping us shape future plans.?* ? More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    Phase one of the urgent works to Waterfront Leisure Centre?s fitness pool have been completed, allowing it to re-open to the public on Friday 21 February following its temporary closure on 8 February. More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    Following a fantastic multi-million-pound investment by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Plumstead Centre is now open. More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    Visitors of Kentish Town Library can now benefit from a brand-new community space and study areas as well as improved digital facilities, including state of the art tech and better and faster computers. On Wednesday 19 February, the Council’s cabinet member for Promoting Culture and Communities, Cllr Jonathan Simpson, the Mayor of Camden, Maryam Eslamdoust and community groups joined library staff to celebrate the reopening of the new and improved library located in the heart of Kentish Town. The upgrades to Kentish Town Library are part of the Council’s £1.5m investment to ensure Camden’s libraries continue to thrive in the future. The refurbishment will also offer more space to enable community groups to work together following the success of the Think and Do community space for climate and eco action. To celebrate the reopening, the library hosted a programme of events, including storytelling, knitting and performances form Small Green Shoots which also gave residents a taste of the different activities on offer at the new space. The new library will offer a range of existing activities including our popular rhyme time sessions, book clubs, creative writing and knitting clubs, as well new sessions including toy box sessions, chess and board games club. The improvements to Kentish Town Library include: The creation of more usable space, including a mezzanine area, which can be used for classes, clubs and social events A quiet study space available in the main library More functional front of the library to bring the community together, running clubs and activities and providing a social space to bring people together. Partitioning of the children’s library to enable the space to be used by under 5s and older children. A new digital library offering more, better and faster computers and new digital tech including virtual reality headsets, tablets and macs. We’ll also offer a range of digital classes and support to cover a range of needs – from gadget drop-ins to coding clubs. Faster Wi-Fi and printing for people bringing their own devices. Kentish Town Library staff will also be working with local partners to run a number ofcomplimentaryvolunteer led activities including: ‘Tea and Chat’ - regular open afternoons with free tea to support people in the local community to get to know each other and address social isolation. This will include working with Age UK. Children’s craft sessions Children’s knitting group After school board games and Lego club Coding club More information on Kentish Town library and other libraries in Camden, can be found here: https://www.camden.gov.uk/library-information More...
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    20th February 2020, 12:00
    An essential maintenance and waterproofing programme will see London Bridge closed to all traffic except buses, licensed taxis and people walking and cycling for seven months, from 16 March to October. The vital work will replace the original protective waterproofing layer below the roading surfacing, along with 24 bearings, and will ensure the bridge will remain operational for years to come. Other necessary repairs to the concrete deck will be carried out at the same time, to minimise the need for disruption in the future. The programme will be carried out in two stages. Stage One: Works to the western side, will run from March - May. Stage Two: Works to the eastern side, will run from May – October. During this time, traffic on London Bridge will be restricted to only allow buses, cycles, pedestrians and taxis, with other road users diverted to nearby bridges. Walking routes over London Bridge will be much busier than usual, with footways restricted to the east footpath during stage one, and to a combination of the west footpath and part of the east carriageway during stage two. Roads on the approaches to London Bridge north and south of the river will be busier than usual, especially when traveling during the peak times of 07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 19:00 on weekdays. People cycling will be able use London Bridge as usual throughout the works, however there will only be one lane open in each direction, shared with buses and licensed taxis. They may find they have a better journey by using a different route such as Southwark Bridge or travelling outside of the busiest times. People travelling in the area are advised to plan their journey in advance and to consider travelling at off-peak times or taking alternative routes. Full travel advice is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/london-bridge-works ENDS 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 About the London Bridge waterproofing programme London Bridge is owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates. The City of London Corporation is the trustee of the Bridge House Estates and manages maintenance of London Bridge, as well as four other Thames Crossings owned by Bridge House Estates. Transport for London (TfL) manage the road over the bridge, the A3, as part of the TLRN (Transport for London Road Network). TfL are working with the City of London to manage the impact of these works to on the network. FM Conway have been appointed to carry out the works. See the project page at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/londonbridgewaterproofing Travel advice can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/london-bridge-works More...
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    19th February 2020, 19:00
    With continuing concerns over Government underfunding of Special Educational Needs costs and ongoing pressure on core services, Richmond Council is due to take the decision to raise Council Tax by 1.80 per cent to protect the quality of local services residents rely on. More...
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