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An organisation acting for victims and survivors of abuse in Islington children’s homes has responded bitterly to a barrister’s conclusion that there was no evidence “organised” wrongdoing had taken place.

The big news last month was from the climate change experts, writes Nicola Bird, Islington Green.

A top barrister has confirmed former Islington councillor Sandy Marks’ past links to a pro-paedophile campaign group.

An incoming Islington film school will “reflect the diversity and cultural richness of London”, according to the illustrious names in the movie industry backing the project.

Three young children scaled the fence at Hargrave Park Primary School and escaped into a nearby main road.

Islington’s rough sleeper population has surged by close to 40 per cent in the past three months, according to City Hall stats.

Elderly and vulnerable people could be exposed to excess pollution if the council limits traffic outside an Upper Holloway school, claims a neighbour.

The closure of ticket offices at Overground stations has been put on hold after being met with a huge backlash.

A woman claims she’s “lucky to be alive” after an 80ft tree came crashing through her kitchen window in Clerkenwell.

Sadiq Khan was grilled over the empty Holloway Prison and Police Station sites at the Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday night.

There’s just two weeks left to vote in Islington’s Market Trader of the Year competition.

Islington could cease outsourcing a chunk of its council housing management when a Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contact runs out in four years’ time, according to council chiefs.

In summer we witnessed the debacle of prisons minister Rory Stewart telling us a preferred bidder for the Holloway prison site would be ready by the end of the year, then a Ministry of Justice spokesperson saying a buyer would be announced by the end of summer writes Glyn Robbins, Community Plan for Holloway.

Islington Council is three years away from making serious cuts to front-line services without a government u-turn on funding, leader Richard Watts told the Gazette.

A chatty Big Issue seller who died alone in a hostel room. A table tennis-playing “teddy bear” who killed himself. At least four people who were homeless in Islington have died over the last 12 months, but no one is recording their deaths.

The precise details of the death of cyclist Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz in St John Street two weeks ago are not yet known, writes Meg Howarth, Ellington Street, Islington.

Wireless promoters defended the music festival at a licence review hearing last night, saying it is a “celebration of grime music” that causes no public nuisance.

I’m torn over the low-level outcry that greeted Islington Council’s decision to broker a deal with Wireless Festival, and withdraw its formal submission to the licensing review.

Islington’s transport chief fears ticket office closures at two Overground stations in the borough will hit vulnerable people hardest.

A new “eco-mooring zone” will be created for visiting boats between York Way and Danbury Street on the Regent’s Canal.

Islington Council has withdrawn its representation ahead of today’s Wireless Festival licensing hearing, saying promoters have agreed to their demands.

So how are you feeling about saying goodbye to plastic in your life? asks Nicola Baird, islingtonfacesblog.com

More affordable housing could be built across the country thanks to a “game-changing” High Court victory for Islington Council, with the judge’s comments set to influence new guidance for surveyors.

The more I learn about planning, the more it seems like a dark art.

Survivors of a horrific child abuse scandal in Islington’s kids’ homes met Cllr Richard Watts to discuss a redress scheme on Friday – and they expressed distress at still not being able to access their full care records.

Social workers who witnessed abuse at Islington children’s homes will face no recriminations for speaking out, the council chief vowed at a tense meeting last night.

If you’ve ever spotted a tiny, colourful flowerbed in the middle of a drab street, it might just be the work of Islington Gardeners.

Islington’s finest will go head-to-head as the community nominates its favourite street traders.

Elderly people fought to save a Highbury day centre from closure at a heated full council meeting last night, during which the mayor of Islington told the borough’s housing boss to “shut up”.

An architect has slammed “petty” Islington planners who have again told him to demolish his multi-award winning block in Clerkenwell.

Islington Council was told to act over the “fire trap” flats on the Spa Green Estate more than a year ago.

A trailblazing scheme from Islington Council will give small independent businesses the chance to rent top quality workspaces at genuinely affordable prices.

Two rogue landlords have been prosecuted for dangerous and sub-standard conditions after Islington Council found 35 people living in a two bedroom flat in Grosvenor Avenue.

A former waste worker has rubbished claims drink and drug abuse among staff is partly to blame for the department’s £2million overspend.

Monday night saw Islington’s most creative gardeners celebrated at a glitzy town hall ceremony.

I completely agree with Emily Thornberry’s condemnation of the draconian conditions at Pentonville, writes Morag Gillie, Co-chairman, Islington Homes for All – Axe the Act, in a personal capacity.

A mother and her severely disabled daughter have been left “housebound” for three years because it’s too dangerous for them to use the stairs in their Tufnell Park block.

Islington Council was last night (Wed) set to approve proposals to further reduce the town hall’s pension fund investments in fossil fuels.

A festival for older people was a “big success” but there was also an “underlying sadness over the impending doom” of the Highbury day centre which hosted it.

A retired artist and gardener who campaigned to save a Finsbury Park allotment from developers is relocating to Cornish soil at Christmas.

An education charity has left tenants in its housing stock stranded after handing them eviction notices so it can build more homes.

Hard-up mourners were rocked by the prospect of being forced to give up their loved one’s resting place by Islington Council.

Anti-suicide measures at the Archway Bridge have been approved in a move that should bring an end to a 15-year campaign.

There’s conflicting advice about whether or not people should give cash to those asking for it underneath the Finsbury Park bridge where people have been sleeping for some two years. The Gazette explores the issue.

Council workers coming to work under the influence of drugs and alcohol could be partly to blame for a £2million hole in Islington’s budget, the council’s crime chief claimed this week.

Cladding will be stripped from a Finsbury Park tower block after fire safety checks found it was not safe.

A Second World War veteran, former Islington councillor and dedicated trade unionist from Cally died last night – and cross-party voices today paid tribute to his life and memory.

People in the Cally’s Market Road claim the loss of daylight “will have a devastating impact” on their lives if Sports Direct gets planning permission to add two storeys to the office next to them.

Roy Johnson, 60, was born in Trenchtown, Jamaica, but has lived in Manor House and worked for Islington Council for the past 30 years.

A young woman born and raised in Islington was denied legal status and her right to work because she couldn’t prove her mother’s immigration status.

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