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    Following reports of lengthy queues outside shops and cafes in Richmond, the Council is reminding customers to not aid the spread of COVID-19 and shop safely. More...
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    Richmond Council has welcomed new comparison data, showing Richmond upon Thames is amongst the lowest boroughs in London for issuing Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to motorists. The Council credits these new results to the number of residents who are acting considerately and complying with parking rules; as well as an enforcement culture that is centred on supporting safe streets, rather than penalising car users. More...
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    Victims of domestic abuse can access much needed support from 10 Boots pharmacies across the borough through the new Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) scheme. More...
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    Selective Licensing is a discretionary licensing scheme, which requires all landlords operating within a designated area to licence any privately rented property within that area. More...
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    Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station (BPS) have each donated a further 100 laptops to the local community to help tackle digital poverty. More...
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    The Mayor of Bromley Councillor Hannah Gray will lead a virtual Service to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2021. More...
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    Twenty-five former Council homes lost to the Government's Right to Buy policy will be brought back for use by families on Hackney’s housing waiting list after a £10 million investment was given the go ahead yesterday. The purchase, approved by the Council’s Cabinet last night (26 January), will see the properties let out at social rents, complementing the Council’s own housebuilding programme to help tackle the borough’s housing shortage and provide genuinely affordable homes for local people. The homes are some of the thousands of Council properties lost in Hackney alone through Right to Buy – a government scheme introduced in 1980 to give Council tenants the chance to purchase their home at below market rates – with an average of 50 Council homes still sold in Hackney each year at discounts of up to £112,300. Part of the income from homes sold under Right to Buy is used to help fund the hundreds of new Council homes in the Council’s in-house, not-for-profit housebuilding programme, with some also made available as grants to housing associations to deliver additional social housing through the Mayor of Hackney’s housing challenge programme. Buying back former Council homes to use as social housing is another way of supporting some of the families on the Council’s housing register. However, arbitrary Government restrictions on how the Council spends Right to Buy receipts mean this money must be spent within three years of a sale and can only pay for 30% of a replacement home. Alongside a continued lack of government funding, this is significantly limit the Council’s ability to replace lost homes or meet the growing housing need in the borough. Deputy Mayor Cllr Rebecca Rennison, Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing Needs and Supply, said: “While only a fraction of the thousands of properties we’ve been forced to sell due to the Government’s dysfunctional Right to Buy policy, these are Council homes that were built to provide a safe, secure and genuinely affordable place to live for local families who need them most, and I’m delighted to be bringing them back for this purpose. The 25 homes have been bought as a bulk purchase from the registered provider Local Space, who will use funds from the purchase to buy additional affordable homes for homeless families in temporary accommodation. More...
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    Statement from Cllr Linda Bird, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. More...
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    Another key milestone will be achieved this January in the progress of the West End Project (WEP), when Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street both become two way for vehicles on Sunday 31 January. As the largest transformational scheme in the borough, the West End Project is changing not just how people travel in the Tottenham Court Road area, but how it looks and feels. Issues, which have affected the area for some time, are being addressed, including traffic congestion, a lack of public open space and poor air quality. Tottenham Court Road traffic restrictions related to the West End Project will also be implemented at this time. Between 8am and 7pm Monday to Saturday, sections of Tottenham Court Road will be for the use of buses and cyclists only. Councillor Harrison continued: “We ask that drivers take their time when moving around the area while they get used to the changes, paying attention to and following all road signs. To help we have created travel maps which are available online. “As well as the changes to the road layout, all the Gower and Bloomsbury Street improvements will also be finished at this time, so pedestrians can enjoy the new pavements, paved in high quality York stone, whilst a new diagonal crossing at Tottenham Court Road tube station will be added this year. “The next stage of work is to complete the new green and public spaces including the transformation of a road into a park on Alfred Place and the new public space at Princes Circus.” Will Norman, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: "We know just how important it is to make sure streets in Camden and beyond are safer, less congested and more welcoming to people walking and cycling. “These latest changes as part of the TfL funded West End Project, including the new segregated cycle lanes on Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street, will make a real difference to people moving around the area. “Walking and cycling have been absolutely vital to enabling Londoners to get around safely during the coronavirus pandemic and we'll continue to work closely with Camden Council on further measures to create much needed extra space across the borough." Tony Dougal, Eurovia Contracting Project Lead, said: “We have worked as delivery partners with London Borough of Camden and Norman Rourke Prime since the start of the West End Project. “This is exactly the sort of local, community-led scheme we love to deliver. The changes implemented here will shape how local people and visitors to the West End use this space, which is a really exciting project to be part of. “Working as one team, we have adapted the delivery plans to keep local people and our workforce safe during the current pandemic. My thanks go to everyone involved in this project who have made it such a success.” On Sunday 31 January 2021 we will be working to turn Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street two way between Grafton Way and High Holborn New cycle lanes along Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street will also be open. When using these lanes cyclists should be aware of loading vehicles pulling in and out of the integrated loading bays On Monday 1 February 2021 the new traffic restrictions will come into place on Tottenham Court Road. Areas will be restricted to buses and cyclists only Monday – Saturday 8am -7pm. Maps of these restrictions can be found on our website. Businesses on Tottenham Court Road will be able to use the new loading bays. There is a guide for businesses and delivery drivers on our website The project was approved in 2015 and Camden Council has been working in partnership with Transport for London, Crossrail, City of Westminster Council, BeeMidtown, The Fitzrovia Partnership and London First. The council received over 1,000 responses to the original consultation from residents, More...
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    The City of London Corporation has today (26 January) granted planning permission for a 30-storey office-led development in the City Cluster, the Square Mile’s first tall building approval of 2021. The approved Tenacity scheme at 55 Gracechurch Street, located between Monument station and Leadenhall Market, embodies many of the emerging trends for post-pandemic office space – delivering a ‘workplace destination’ alongside extensive retail, cultural, public art and open space. The new office areas will include social and breakout zones to promote collaboration and innovation, and the building’s floorplan offers space for large businesses as well as SMEs and growth stage companies. Seeking to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’, the first tall building in the City Cluster to do so, the development includes sustainability measures such as re-using and recycling building materials, being highly energy efficient and innovative systems which allow for free cooling for most of the year. An ambitious urban greening approach including extensive green walls, green roofs and tree planning will reduce noise and air pollution while providing access to nature and biodiversity. A free-to-access garden terrace, offering a suspended treetop walkway and panoramic views across London, will also be made available to the public. An innovative ceiling system will harvest rainwater to simulate rainfall to irrigate the plants. Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Alastair Moss, said: “We remain positive about the long-term future of the City office despite the current lockdown. It is fantastic, therefore, to see this significant vote of confidence from the developers of 55 Gracechurch Street. “The building design embraces emerging development trends, such as flexible workspace, greening and access to fresh air – all of which were rising trends that have now been embedded into building design as a result of the pandemic. “Of particular merit to this development is an innovative ventilation strategy which uses fresh air, filtered from outside, to cool the office floors. “The development will even reuse stonework from the existing building and include recycled steel with a commitment of an impressive 98% diversion of construction waste to landfill.” Founder and CEO of The Tenacity Group, Patrick Wong, said: “Today marks a significant milestone for us and underlines our commitment to the City of London and the future of truly sustainable office buildings in the City. “Despite the events of the last twelve months and the changes and challenges that we have all witnessed, Tenacity is quite clear that the era of the office is not over. Far from it. We believe the future is bright for the right kind of space – space that 55 Gracechurch Street will provide – that embraces sustainability and provides flexibility, puts the needs of the workforce at its core but also engages with the wider community around it. “Today’s decision reinforces that view, and we look forward to working with the City to bring our vision for 55 Gracechurch Street to fruition.” The approved 55 Gracechurch Street scheme offers more than 34,000sqm of office, almost 2,500 sqm of retail and more than 1,600sqm of publicly accessible garden terrace and space for cultural programming. It is entirely car free, instead offering more than 500 cycle parking spaces and enhancing the pedestrian experience by widening pavements and reinstating historic and introducing new pedestrian routes at ground floor level. A number of other tall building proposals for the City Cluster are expected to be decided upon by the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee this year. ENDS Notes to Editors: 55 Gracechurch Street has been designed by Fletcher Priest Architects for the developers, Tenacity. 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 Media enquiries to Shani Annand-Baron at shani.annand-baron@cityoflondon.gov.uk or 07710 860885. The Tenacity Group was founded in 2006 by Patrick Wong and is a Hong Kong-based, privately-owned real estate and investment company, operating in the UK and Greater China region. Since October 2017, Tenacity has established its footprint in London with the acquisition of two buildings within the City of London – 55 and 70 Gracechurch Street. More information can be found at www.tenacityintl.com Media enquiries to Clarke Heron at clarke.heron@fieldconsulting.co.uk or 079126 49322. More...
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    People are being asked to follow government guidelines and only visit Burnham Beeches if they live locally. The City of London Corporation, which manages the site, issued the call after visitor numbers tripled since March 2020, causing damage to the beauty spot. The City Corporation says the huge rise in visitor numbers is harming sensitive habitats, and concerns are growing that permanent damage will be done unless action is taken. The *** winter conditions have made the situation worse. Burnham Beeches is temporarily closing half its car parks from 1 February to help protect the European Special Area of Conservation and National Nature Reserve. And Buckinghamshire Council is introducing parking restrictions on local roads to discourage casual parking on the highways and to ensure the safety of local residents. Government guidelines say you can only exercise alone, with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Commons Committee, Graeme Doshi-Smith, said: “Visits to this wonderful National Nature Reserve have risen from around 500,000 a year to nearly two million. “This increase is sadly having a detrimental impact on the ground, and much of the damage could take decades to restore. “We ask that people please remember the government guidelines and only visit if you live locally. “With support we can all play our part in helping to protect Burnham Beeches. Please help us to protect this amazing protected site.” The City Corporation has updated signage at its open spaces in line with the latest government guidance. Social distancing should be maintained when around other people. Further information is available here. Burnham Beeches was bought by the City of London Corporation in 1880 to protect it as a public open space and wildlife reserve. It has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) since 1951, was declared a National Nature Reserve in 1993 and designated as a Special Area of Conservation in 2005. Burnham Beeches is characterised by a diverse mixture of ancient woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, mire and heathland. The City Corporation owns and manages 11,000 acres of green space in London and south east England – including Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches - and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile ENDS Kristina Drake| Media Officer, Public Services City of London Corporation http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/newsroom Kristina.Drake@cityoflondon.gov.uk M: 07710860884 D: 020 7332 1125 Notes to editors About the City of London Corporation 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 City of London Corporation protects and conserve historic and natural green and open spaces for recreation, nature conservation and public health and wellbeing. They are funded by over £29 million a year from the City Corporation and include important wildlife habitats, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. They are protected from being built on by special legislation. More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out across the country, local voluntary sector organisations and groups are invited to attend a virtual Q&A to find out the latest on the virus in Richmond upon Thames. More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    Richmond Council is deploying in-home sensors to improve the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing. The technology unobtrusively monitors residents and provides carers with early alerts on issues such as potential accidents or declining health.* More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    Waste collections, Covid-19 testing and vaccinations all operating despite wintry conditions. More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    As temperatures dip below freezing, Veolia, in partnership with Merton Council, has kept the boroughs priority road network gritted, so that key workers and residents can make essential journeys safely More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    Merton?s annual event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will be held virtually this year, due to the pandemic. Residents and members of the public are invited to attend the event*on More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    The organiser of a wedding in Stamford Hill is facing a £10,000 fine after police found around 150 people in breach of Covid regulations. Read more about the incident on the Met Police website. Initial figures released by the police stated they believed the wedding party to have been 400. This has now been revised down to around 150 people. More...
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    25th January 2021, 19:00
    Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth Council leader discusses chairing the inaugural meeting of the borough's climate assembly steering group The post Lambeth: Climate Assembly steering group sets direction for the future appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    24th January 2021, 16:43
    The Mayor of Hackney responds following a 300-person illegal rave in Hackney last night, which was broken up by police and fines issued. More...
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    24th January 2021, 13:00
    Over 66 fines were issued and three arrests were made over the weekend in Hackney as part of continued joint Council and Police action to ensure that everyone is sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and to help keep Hackney safe. While the Council does not have the power to take action against individuals who are not complying with social distancing guidance, enforcement officers have been supporting the Police to ensure that everyone understands and follows vital lockdown guidelines, which were introduced in response to a rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the UK. In Hackney, the current rate of coronavirus cases is 753 cases per 100,000, compared to a rate of 19 per 100,000 seen in the borough in the last week of August 2020. The patrols, which took place on Saturday 16 January, resulted in over 66 fines being issued in Hackney for breaches of lockdown regulations. Three arrests were also made for an assault on an emergency worker, possession of a class B drug and a breach of Covid-19 regulations. Officers visited key areas where incidents of people not following the rules have been reported, including Broadway Market, Blackstock Road, Gillett Square, Haggerston Square and Stamford Hill. Licensing officers also visited over 40 businesses during the patrols to ensure that they’re following the vital Covid-19 guidelines, including the prohibition of takeaway alcohol sales which was introduced on 5 January. A small minority of businesses were found to be non-compliant with Covid-19 regulations, with one business continuing to trade after a previous £1000 fine. Enforcement action will be taken against businesses that do not follow the guidelines Since July 2020, the Council has visited nearly 2,500 local businesses to support them to trade safely. Keep Hackney safe by reporting any potential Covid-19 safety breaches: If you’re concerned that a business in Hackney is not complying with the Covid-19 regulations, please let Hackney Council know by emailing covidresponseteam@hackney.gov.uk Hackney Council does not have powers to take action against individuals who are not complying with social distancing guidance. If you have concerns about individuals not following social distancing guidance or wearing face masks, please report these directly to the police online or by calling 101. More...
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    24th January 2021, 13:00
    Haringey?s rapid testing sites for people who do not show any of the Covid-19 symptoms are to move to a seven day a week operation from next month. More...
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    24th January 2021, 13:00
    It is fantastic news that our over-70s are beginning to be offered the Covid-19 vaccination, with GP sites now adding them to their list of patients to contact. More...
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    24th January 2021, 13:00
    Croydon communities are invited to unite in an event of international remembrance to honour victims of the Holocaust and other genocides on Wednesday, 27 January. More...
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    24th January 2021, 13:00
    Parents and carers of three and four-year-olds who want their children to join a nursery class at a local primary school in September have until Friday, February 5 to submit their applications. More...
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    24th January 2021, 13:00
    We know this lockdown is really tough. Earlier this week in London we saw the highest number of deaths on a single day. More...
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    22nd January 2021, 13:00
    Secure*Bikehangars*are being installed in*six*streets*with more streets to follow. More...
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    22nd January 2021, 13:00
    Hear from*Shannon Katiyo, the Director of Public Health for Richmond Council,*as he joins Talk Richmond to discuss the current COVID-19 situation, why*we are in another national lockdown and the rollout of the vaccines.*Listen to the podcast More...
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    22nd January 2021, 13:00
    Light a candle or create some art to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day and join online talks, activities and remembrance services. More...
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    22nd January 2021, 13:00
    We know this lockdown is really tough but by following the rules we are starting to see signs of progress and our infection rate is slowly coming down here in Harrow. More...
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    22nd January 2021, 13:00
    The council is calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to join its campaign to boost road safety and improve local air quality by agreeing to implement 20mph speed limits on his network of red routes. More...
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