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Monday, March 16, 2020

Neighbours in Highbury are urging the council to take inspiration from New York’s High Line and save a green space that forms part of the New River Walk.

Campaigners climbed up trees to stop a council contractor cutting them down this morning.

A new energy centre using heat from Northern Line Tube tunnels can now provide warmth and hot water to 1,350 Islington homes.

A group of anxious north Londoners met in Stroud Green Library this week to launch the North London Aircraft Noise Campaign Group.

A people’s assembly was held at the town hall last night to discuss how best to tackle the climate emergency.

A not-for-profit organisation that promotes litter picking has praised the efforts of Islington volunteers to collect single-use plastic.

Repair works on the fire-ravaged Highbury Leisure Centre should finish early next year, after planning approval and a contractor were secured.

Plans for a low carbon smart energy grid that could deliver heat and power to an estimated 33,000 residents and 70 businesses in Islington were announced on February 18.

An all-out boycott on Ocado in Islington could cost the online delivery giant more than £60million a year, campaigners say.

New data suggests air quality at Islington schools improved between 2016 and 2018 – but three still breached Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) limits.

Islington Council has confirmed it will demolish a beloved children’s centre in Highbury Fields and move the daycare service to another building.

Demand from 13,000 weekly customers in Islington justifies plans to build a controversial delivery and refuelling depot next door to an Archway primary school, an embattled online supermarket has claimed.

Islington’ sole opposition councillor says it’s “bizarre” that shoes and textiles recycled in the borough are shipped to Germany to be processed.

The New River is neither new, nor a river. Built when Shakespeare was alive, the aqueduct is Thames Water’s oldest man-made asset, pre-dating some of London’s more famous historic sites like Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral by decades.

Islington Council is hoping to recycle 50 tonnes of Christmas trees this year, including one left in a phone box outside Islington Square.

A family has called for better care to be taken of the New River Walk after discovering needles and makeshift crack pipes during an impromptu clean-up.

Plans by the Islington Council parks team to hold events in green spaces have not gone down well with neighbours – or their colleagues who deal with noise complaints.

A neighbour says “horribly bright” streetlights in Canonbury are making birds tweet from 2am onwards and shortening his sleep.

Parents could boycott online supermarket Ocado over its plans to create a delivery hub serving high-polluting diesel vehicles near a school in Archway.

Climate campaigners have called for a halt to plans to build an incinerator to burn all of north London’s waste, after the cost figures quoted by the waste authority skyrocketed – almost doubling from £650m to £1.2bn.

A family-run Caledonian Road business has launched an on-demand service it calls the “Uber for dry cleaning”.

Islington Council has announced plans to keep the road running through Highbury Fields closed, pending a consultation after the election.

Campaigners are calling on Islington Council to cease the “slaughter” of trees in Highbury Corner.

Air pollution is a silent killer and should be at the forefront of electoral issues, a bereaved mother told Islington Town Hall on Monday night.

Climate campaigners trying to thwart plans to build a £650m incinerator to burn all of north London’s waste have failed in their High Court appeal against the plans.

One of the country’s leading leisure providers has launched a review into its football pitch booking systems in Islington following claims it denied access to poorly-funded grassroots teams.

Students from City University have come up with “game-changing” business ideas to help make Islington carbon neutral by 2030 – and some of them are now putting them into action.

Green Party candidates vying to become Islington MPs say they’re the only force “capable of competing with Labour” in the borough.

Jeremy Corbyn says levels of deprivation across Islington and England constitute a “national emergency” – and he promises to “end the evil of in-work poverty” if elected Prime Minister on December 12.

Recycling rates at one of the North London Waste Authority’s two plants are amongst the worst in the country – meaning a fifth of the waste sent there is burnt rather than recycled.

Vania, 26, is a freelance videographer who also does visual effects on feature films, lives in Archway and has been involved with XR Islington for two months.

Islington has the untapped heat to produce an “innovative” network of energy efficient power stations that tackle fuel poverty, says the council’s environment and transport chief.

The parents of a newborn baby already fear they will struggle to find him a nursery, school or play area without dangerous or even illegal levels of toxic air pollution.

Campaigners warn Islington Council won’t achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 unless it dramatically revises its targets for reducing private car ownership in the borough.

Architects will meet next week to draw up plans on how to drastically cut the built environment’s carbon footprint.

Miranda Irwin is a founding member of Extinction Rebellion’s local families group. She told Lucas Cumiskey how she wants it to be a space where kids don’t feel worried about the future, but empowered

Jeremy Corbyn this week told the Gazette climate change is a social justice issue and a “green new deal” will financially as well as environmentally benefit people in Islington.

Grassroots women’s football clubs are being denied access to primetime training spaces on Islington pitches by a system they say favours block booking by better-established men’s teams.

Islington climate rebels were among thousands occupying the “burning earth” site in Trafalgar Square yesterday.

Ambler Primary School is raising money to help people affected by devastating flooding in Finsbury Park on Monday.

Animal Rebellion (AR) peacefully occupied Smithfield Meat Market in opposition to the animal killing industry on Monday – and only their police liaison officer was arrested.

A burst pipe has left streets around Finsbury Park under water, with people having to be rescued from their flooded homes by firefighters.

Children subjected to “frightening” levels of pollution at a Holloway nursery will soon breath cleaner air.

Readers can learn to build solar panels from scratch at an event in Finsbury Park on Saturday, October 12.

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