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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Finsbury Park has been stripped of its Green Flag status after a damning “mystery shopper” report by an environmental charity.

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

Wireless promoter Live Nation has been given the green light to carry on holding the festival in Finsbury Park after a licensing review – but extra security will be on the streets and artists will be “encouraged” not to swear.

A multi-billion-pound gas company has bowed to opposition and abandoned plans to partially astroturf the historic Canonbury Square Gardens.

The community celebrated “sustainability” and British apples in Gillespie Park on Sunday.

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.

Islington Gardeners are holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday – and an eco-inventor will then give a talk on tackling drought.

Haringey is “prostituting” Finsbury Park out for Wireless Festival and should scrap the event, neighbours argued at a licensing sub-committee meeting last night.

TfL roadworks have created “gridlocked traffic and pollution” outside housing association flats in Clerkenwell.

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 environment boss has hailed the council’s “pioneering” electric vehicle (EV) charging policies – but she conceded four pieces of equipment breach regulations and will be axed.

Wireless Festival chiefs face a battle to stay in Finsbury Park after Haringey Council announced a licence review will take place next month.

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.

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

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.

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.

Disgusted parents on Finsbury’s King Square Estate have stopped letting their kids play on its children’s play area because someone in their block keeps hurling poo and glass onto it.

Some “incredibly insensitive” electric car charging points will be removed from a Highbury street because they take up too much pavement space.

With a rape and a murder in Finsbury Park in the last seven months, the Friends of Finsbury Park held a heated meeting for neighbours to discuss safety – but floor time was dominated by concerns about festivals. The Gazette was there.

Neighbours have described the terrifying moment a man was shot on Highbury Fields – moments before a “huge crowd” tore up the tarmac to escape police.

A family woodland event took place this weekend in Barnsbury Wood – the capital’s smallest local nature reserve.

A dog could have “bled out” and died in Whittington Park after suffering a gash to its knee on a metal wall.

Wireless could be forced out of Finsbury Park if a campaign group’s latest efforts to see off the festival are successful.

Rapid chargers for electric cars cluttering up Islington’s pavements could spell disaster for visually impaired people, a councillor has warned.

The town hall has promised to consider a zebra crossing at a “dangerous” crossroads after a campaigner complained she was being ignored.

Large sections of Finsbury Park are closed off for music festivals this summer – but they’re not the only areas out of bounds at the moment.

Islington Council’s transport leader has promised to “engage” after an action group lobbied for a new cycle route to be closed to the majority of traffic.

Islington Council this morning sensationally announced it would scale back barbecue use in Highbury Fields.

Cyclists will lobby Islington Council to remove the “majority of traffic” from a major new cycle route between Finsbury Park and Clerkenwell.

Islington Council has refurbished football pitches in three of its parks.

Twenty-four Islington Church of England churches will receive £600,000 in grants this year to help cut use of electricity and gas.

Construction work for the radical overhaul of Highbury Corner will begin on Thursday next week.

Barnard Park in Barnsbury is one of Islington’s biggest – and therefore most important – green spaces. Naturally, people have been quarrelling about it from the very offset. The Gazette looks through the archives to see how the park developed.

A 10-year-old girl has beaten developers in the battle to save Islington Central’s “beautiful” Angel Wings sculpture, after councillors voted her way on Thursday.

Islington will be included in Sadiq Khan’s extended London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ), it has been revealed this morning (Friday).

Islington has its first “word garden”, where the benches are covered in poetry and the plants are designed for people with sensory impairments to enjoy.

A seven-year campaign finally came to fruition on Friday when a plaque (and flowerbed) was unveiled for Bill Little: the flower seller who brightened Highbury Corner for three decades. Among the invited guests were members of his family, Arsenal old boy Charlie George, and – of course – the Gazette. Sam Volpe reports

“Stop throwing rubbish on the floor – NOW!” These strong words come from a nine-year-old girl who is sick and tired of people littering in Finsbury Park.

A community summer fete will return again this year after being given more than £9,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.

Pond dipping, penalty shootouts, bee hive tours and a foraging walk – it’s all going on at the Gillespie Park spring celebration party this weekend.

Police have urged Haringey Council to make a host of safety improvements to Finsbury Park following the killing of barmaid Iuliana Tudos.

Leafy Canonbury is on the verge of a tree tragedy.

Islington in Bloom has begun.

Islington has foul air, poor cycling infrastructure and some dangerous pedestrian zones. So last night’s healthy streets hustings should have been a chance to find out more from local elections candidates. James Morris was baffled by the outcome.

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