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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.

Councillors will clash over the best way to influence a Brexit negotiations they have no direct control over at a town hall meeting tonight (Thu).

“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.

Firework-throwers left neighbours in a state of fear after they launched “huge rockets” at balconies and cars in Highbury Quadrant last week.

Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Canonbury Primary School’s new playground on Friday.

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.

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.

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

Transport bosses have been urged to stop dragging their heels over modernising Old Street roundabout after a cement truck crash left a cyclist fighting for her life.

A wheelchair-bound Highbury man with brain damage forced the government to admit it was wrong to say he was fit for work.

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.

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

Sainsbury’s has already angered the Highbury community with plans for a second Blackstock Road branch – now the chain wants to open ANOTHER store half a mile away.

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.

Islington Labour councillors have destroyed Green attempts to push for proportional representation (PR) in local elections.

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.

Brazen supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has made yet another bid to open in Blackstock Road, Highbury.

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.

The Polish community, worshipping at the church of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Islington is organising a Street Party [as reported in the Gazette this month] writes Aleksandra Podhorodecka MBE.

Ukip’s Pete Muswell wanted to take part in the Gazette’s hustings on Monday. We said no. It would have been unfair when he is one of only two Ukip candidates in the May 3 local elections – while the four main parties are fielding a full slate of candidates.

We held a local elections hustings last night. Sadly, barely anyone turned up. There was still good debate, though. James Morris reports from St Mary’s Church in Upper Street.

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.

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.

The Islington Gazette will hold a hustings ahead of next month’s local elections.

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

These are the first confirmed pictures of what the radical Highbury Corner overhaul will look like – with work to begin this summer.

Parents could be banned from driving and parking outside schools when they pick up and drop off their kids.

“Something weird” is delaying the Highbury Corner overhaul.

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

Theresa May’s government “hates” Islington, council leader Richard Watts said last night.

Sotheby Mews day centre is a lifeline for its users. That much has become clear during the course of the year-long campaign those people have fought with admirable energy and passion.

Islington Council this afternoon delayed the closure of Sotheby Mews Day Centre by 12 months – giving campaigners hope they can stop the shutdown for good.

Islington Council this week pledged to deal with a damp-ridden estate once and for all.

Caroline Russell beat her nearest challenger by just eight votes in the 2014 council election, but it was enough to win her Islington’s only non-Labour seat. So the sight of Jeremy Corbyn canvassing for the ruling party on Sunday was almost too much to stomach for some of her supporters. The Gazette asks: fair game or one-party state?

Cyclists are complaining about the “rip off” £104 cost to rent a bike hangar in Islington – because it’s more than some car parking permits.

Labour rebels accused colleagues of abandoning the party’s traditional supporters on Islington’s council estates, after they pushed through a £6 a week rent increase.

We are a group of Islington council workers and residents calling on Islington Council to immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels, write 25 Islington Council workers and nine members of the public in an open letter to the chair and deputy chairman of the Islington pension fund sub-committee.

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.

Meg Howarth is a relentless Islington campaigner and prolific Gazette letter writer. It got us thinking – who is she?

Absolutely no end was served by the re-wording of Cllr Caroline Russell’s motion to full council last week.

Cyclists deliberately put their lives on the line this morning to raise awareness of Islington’s “horrible” infrastructure for bikes.

Islington’s transport boss has been criticised for removing a pledge to cut deaths on the borough’s roads from the wording of a council motion.

A 2,303-strong petition against the closure of Sotheby Mews Day Centre was presented to Islington Council last night.

Cycling activists held a second “die-in” in the space of two months last night, bringing Upper Street to a standstill as they lay in the middle of the road for five minutes.

Islington councillors have been summoned to an emergency budget meeting to discuss making a fresh round of cuts, the Gazette can reveal.

Islington Lib Dems were a major player for so long. Then they disappeared. Alain Desmier has the huge task of regenerating the party before next year’s local elections. He tells the Gazette: “We have stopped feeling sorry for ourselves.”

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