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Many hotel guests are greeted with complimentary chocolates and mints on their pillows. But an Archway bed and breakfast is now doling out free earplugs. The reason? The gyratory, of course.

Islington had the fourth highest rate of noise complaints in London last year.

Enraged homeowners and tenants have complained to the Gazette about missed bin and recycling collections ever since new times were introduced on February 6 – but figures show it’s only a tiny percentage.

“Furious” Islington Council has vowed to take fly-tippers to court after a mountain of potentially toxic commercial waste was dumped in an Upper Holloway industrial estate.

How long does it take fly-tippers to fill an industrial estate with potentially dangerous commercial waste? One week, judging by this picture.

An “outrageous” fly-tipping operation has seen a mountain of commercial waste dumped on a disused industrial estate in Upper Holloway – and it’s rising by the hour.

An Islington fitness instructor was forced to fight a fox – to stop it killing her tiny Chihuahua.

The town hall is planning to help clean Islington’s filthy air by installing 100 roadside electric charging points over the next year.

Impact of air pollution in Islington? “Difficulty exercising.” “Soot getting in one’s nose.”

Neighbours of Highbury Fields believe a new air quality report means it is time to stick a fork in the town hall’s barbecue policy – and told the council leader as much on Monday night. Gazette editor Ramzy Alwakeel was there.

The Friends of Finsbury Park group will return to the High Court in its campaign against Wireless Festival and other music events.

When fed-up Stephen Griffiths put up a sign telling people to clear up dog mess in his road, he didn’t mean they should shove two bagfuls through his door instead.

Campaigners continuing to fight traffic changes to Archway held a meeting with politicians this week to discuss their opposition.

Islington footballers are out in force to support a young player in his battle against cancer.

Furious campaigners have lodged a formal complaint over the granting of £2million in Lottery cash to the Cally Park clock tower visitors’ centre.

Transport bosses are driving through with changes to the Archway bus network – ignoring 75 per cent of the people whose opinion they asked.

Controversial plans to build a visitor’s centre at the foot of the Caledonian Park clock tower have won £2million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A new park on the Regent’s Canal is the latest chapter in the £170million makeover of the Packington Estate.

Council officers slapped £400 fines on fly-tippers this month in a crackdown on environmental crime in the heart of Islington.

Islington Council reinforced its “idle engine” campaign with a giant snakes and ladders mat in Upper Street.

Islington Council is threatening to sue transport chiefs over the “last-minute” announcement Holloway Road will be closed for three months from next week.

Commuters are facing three months of utter chaos after a surprise announcement that Holloway Road will be closed for £25million works.

A goose was rescued in Finsbury Park – after getting so covered in red paint that she couldn’t open her wings.

Developers trying to transform a Grade-II listed building into a 1,000-capacity private members club have pulled an application for a booze licence at the 11th hour after neighbours objected.

Islington Council is “not going to stand by” and wait for the transport industry to improve air quality.

There’s more to gardening than just making things look nice.

A pensioner was left badly bruised after falling over a loose paving slab – one day after her friend had reported “shoddy repair work” to Islington Council.

Arsenal have managed to pile misery on someone who doesn’t even support them after matchday parking rules were put in place for a friendly match.

Last week, we revealed that a colony of seagulls is “terroising” St John’s Grove in Archway. In a guest column, Will McCallum, of Canonbury-based Greenpeace, explains why the “bad boys of seaside resorts” have found their place on our rooftops.

Screeching seagulls are terrorising an Archway neighbourhood – and there’s nothing neighbours can do about it.

Dozens of squash players went on strike for a month after frustrations with a leisure centre boiled over.

Traders fear the closure of the Wells Terrace entrance to Finsbury Park station could spell the end for their businesses.

Commuters are facing three years of travel chaos after it was announced the Wells Terrace entrance of Finsbury Park station will close – from next week.

Islington’s rich/poor divide is well documented - but the Islington Giving charity has helped 60 people see that for themselves.

Botanists were left stunned this week after a rare orchid was discovered growing closer to central London than ever before - on the roof of an Islington Council building.

An action group last night launched a petition to ban barbecues in Highbury Fields.

It was all smiles at Gillespie Park on Sunday as more than 500 people joined the great and the good of Islington politics to celebrate its 20th year as a nature reserve.

Neighbours of Islington’s first ever nature reserve, Gillespie Park, are being invited to help celebrate its birthday this weekend.

Cement mixing company Cemex has instructed its drivers to comply with the HGV ban in Copenhagen Street, near King’s Cross.

Finsbury Park campaigners have hit back after the director of this year’s Wireless Festival branded them “nimbys” as they launched legal action to get the festival banned.

The annual hunt – sponsored by the Gazette – is on in 11 categories, including prettiest pub display, greatest garden, best balcony and most creative container garden.

Campaigners are ready to launch legal action as they fight to stop Wireless Festival being held in Finsbury Park.

Neighbours of a renowned Holloway Road music venue no longer have to worry about clubgoers leaving human waste and used condoms outside their homes during the week.

A sofa, some shopping trolleys and a tin bath are just some of the more unusual items lurking beneath the murky waters of the Regent’s Canal, it has been revealed.

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