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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cllr Claudia Webbe likes nothing more than to promote the town hall’s radical green agenda. So she was all over the first National Clean Air Day yesterday.

Islington is notorious for its lack of green space. And yet some of its best nature spots remain unknown.

Plans for the long awaited “anti-suicide” barrier on Archway Bridge finally look set to be signed off.

Angel Canal Festival needs fresh blood – or it could face closure.

The results are in after Islington Greens and Tufnell Park Parents unleashed “citizen science” to measure air pollution levels across the borough.

The hottest day of the year came at the worst possible time for tenants in Finsbury – who’ve now had no water for 24 hours thanks to a burst pipe.

Neighbours and community groups joined architects and planners on Saturday to shape a new “vision” for the section of the A1 between the Odeon and Holloway Road Tube station.

Barnard Park sports pitch on a sunny evening last Wednesday. At one end, a group of mates play eight-a-side football using coats for goalposts. At the other end, a dad and his two kids play cricket. In the middle, a couple run widths of the pitch. This was 24 hours after Islington Council’s planning sub committee voted to get rid of it.

Plans for a 13-metre phone mast overlooking Highbury Fields have been submitted.

Islington has lost its last free full-sized sports pitch.

Climate protesters will face down these “monsters” in Upper Street on Saturday in the hope of getting Islington Council to listen to their demands.

The town hall is trying to make Archway businesses more profitable – by cutting air emissions.

A section of the Holloway Road will be shut during Arsenal home matches until mid-June, transport bosses have announced.

TV gardener Joe Swift helped launch this year’s Islington in Bloom competition on Thursday.

Police are investigating after bones were found in a building site opposite The Crown pub in Cloudesley Square, Barnsbury.

Politicians, businesses and neighbours met on the fringe of Finsbury Park on Saturday for a five-hour discussion about the area’s redevelopment. The Gazette was there for all of it.

The photo has been long in the making, amid growing tension between colleagues.

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.

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