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At the time of writing this letter, close to 44,000 people in Islington have signed the petition asking for the government to revoke Article 50 and remain in the European Union, writes John Mullen, Islington Green Party.

This year Islington Council was featured on Channel 5’s Do The Right Thing, hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. Eamonn, apparently a keen cyclist, asked Islington Council why Islington is the most expensive borough to to securely park a bicycle in England, writes Roderik Gonggrijp, Islington Green Party.

Camden and Islington will get their fourth borough commander in just 12 months, with Ch Supt Raj Kohli is set to take over from Det Ch Supt Iain Raphael in January.

Islington’s sole opposition councillor urged her Labour colleagues to back second referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal on Thursday – but the council chief mocked her town hall protest and won support for an election-first amendment.

Something has changed in Highbury East since the local elections in May, writes Kate Pothalingam, Islington Liberal Democrats.

“School streets” are designed to encourage parents to walk or cycle with their children to school by removing cars, reducing pollution and creating a sociable community-focussed atmosphere at the school gate at drop off and pick up each day, writes Cllr Caroline Russell (Green), Highbury East.

Islington Council could close parts of St John Street to traffic after a cyclist was knocked down and killed there last week, the Gazette understands.

Protesters picketed an “unlawful” Kentish Town supermarket at the shop’s poorly received opening party on Friday.

No one can doubt the need for vastly more homes in London, but I also note (Gazette) that Dame Alice Owen’s Educational Charity has cast some of its tenants adrift, claiming the need to empty flats so that an extra storey and more homes can be built in Friend Street and St John’s Street, writes Mike Crowson, Islington Green Party.

Charlie Kiss is a political activist became the first trans man to stand for parliament when he contested Islington South and Finsbury in 2015.

Many thanks to the Gazette for reporting last week how at the full council meeting Islington Labour tore up Caroline Russell’s motion to promote proportional representation (PR) in local elections, writes Andrew Myer, Islington Green Party.

In a first of its kind role in a UK town hall, Cllr Sue Lukes is now Islington’s ‘migrants champion’. She tells the Gazette what it means – and why it’s so important.

Today (Thu) is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. It is one of the UK’s proudest achievements and, I am pleased to add, was made possible by a Labour government, writes Cllr Osh Gantly.

Your story regarding the campaign for step-free access to Crouch Hill station should certainly be supported, writes Ian Fearnley, of Islington, full address supplied.

Council officers recently announced a minimum 100 bike hangars a year will be installed for the next four years: the first 50 between now and autumn, the next cohort between autumn and March 2019, writes Meg Howarth, Ellington Street, Holloway.

Cllr Claudia Webbe recently tweeted that “the public health benefits of parks and open spaces is clear, writes Anita Frizzarin, Wedmore Gardens, Tufnell Park.

The Islington Gazette and St Mary’s Church hosted a good local poll hustings on April 23, writes Ivor Kenna, Compton Street, Clerkenwell.

It’s not often Labour’s town hall leader Cllr Richard Watts praises Islington Conservatives.

Ahead of the local elections on May 3, the Gazette is bringing you the manifesto pledges from each of the main parties: Labour, Green, Liberal Democrats and Conservative. After hearing from Labour and the Lib Dems already, James Morris spoke to the Greens ahead of the party’s manifesto launch today.

I don’t dislike the idea of asking people in expensive homes to contribute extra council tax to a “fairer Islington fund”.

TfL says it received 2,823 responses to the survey it carried out in 2016 about the proposed plans to pedestrianise the west side of Highbury Corner, writes Tim Sayer MBE, Battledean Road, Islington.

Starting from March 2018, all local road schemes will be evaluated by Transport for London according to their “healthy streets” indicators, writes Anita Frizzarin, Wedmore Gardens, Archway.

Islington Council will not back away from its quest to build council homes on the Sotheby Mews Day Centre site.

Islington Green Party felt and still feels that the council was wrong to convert half the Sobell Centre’s magnificent sports hall into a trampoline park, writes Andrew Myer, Islington Green Party.

It’s hard to work out why charging more for parking your diesel car would benefit cleaner air in Islington, writes James Heron, full address supplied.

As a resident close to the development, writes James Grierson, Islington, full address supplied, I can say that the regeneration of King’s Cross has been a fantastic thing (“King’s Cross is now ‘vital piece’ of London economy after regeneration, concludes study paid for by developers”, Gazette, December 12).

This council administration is committed to making Islington a fairer place for all, writes Cllr Claudia Webbe, environment and transport boss, Islington Council.

At various times since the EU referendum, Islington In Europe has been out on the streets of Islington persuading members of the public to maintain opposition to Brexit, writes Nick Turton, chairman, Islington In Europe.

I hesitate before proclaiming the first frost, knowing full well I am not often awake early enough of a weekend to be certain that Sunday gone was indeed the first frost, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

The lack of a safe crossing at Palmer Place and many other accessways to Holloway Road is putting ordinary people in danger Gazette, writes Pierre Delarue, Islington Liberal Democrats.

She’s the rowdy cycling campaigner who doesn’t care what people – particularly Islington Labour councillors – think of her. But what drives Anita Frizzarin’s anger? The Gazette finds out.

You report Cllr Claudia Webbe thinks “it’s fantastic that work has begun

on the visitor centre in Calidonian Park, writes Mike Power, Clock View Crescent, Caledonian Road.

With regard to the rejection of the appeal in the planning application for a Sainsbury’s Local in Blackstock Road (“Sainsbury’s sent packing as Blackstock Road store appeal is rejected”, Gazette) we see a small step in the right direction, writes Mike Crowson, Islington Green Party.

Some people consider “peak Islington” to be Upper Street’s generous range of artisan gluten-free bakeries. Others reckon it’s the Holloway homeowner who built a £2,500 cat glamping enclosure in her yard. But there was another contender on the steps of Islington Town Hall last night.

The streets are quiet in August, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

We recognise the importance and value of our street markets, which have been the lifeblood of Islington for hundreds of years, writes Cllr Asima Shaikh, cabinet member for business, Islington Council.

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