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Neighbours on the St Mary’s Path Estate are breathing a collective sigh of relief after 18 months fearing they could be forced from their homes by regeneration plans.

Town hall chiefs agreed Islington’s new homelessness and rough sleeping strategy for the next five years at a meeting of the executive on Thursday.

A developer has been slapped with a court bill of £60,000 for demolishing two Victorian villas in the Cally – including the home of Britain’s first female dentist.

Islington Council is “looking for alternatives” to a controversial private firm that concluded a homeless refugee who had been tortured was not vulnerable and did not qualify as being in “priority need” for housing.

Isilngton Council has backed down over a controversial plan to ban rough sleeping under Stroud Green bridge – but will still ask the High Court for an injunction to stop begging and anti-social behaviour in the area.

The head of a consortium charged with letting and managing 6,440 council homes via two Public Finance Initiative (PFI) deals was lambasted over the group’s performance at a town hall meeting on Tuesday.

Islington Council is going to the High Court in an attempt to ban rough sleeping and begging under the Stroud Green Road bridge in Finsbury Park, the Gazette can reveal.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has snubbed Islington Council’s attempts to lease 29 three- and four-bedroom flats near Pentonville Prison to accommodate homeless families, the Gazette can reveal.

A temporary homeless shelter set to open in Hornsey Road next week is a “unique pilot” mapping out how empty commercial buildings can be used to tackle London’s street sleeping crisis.

Three men behind a dodgy letting agency have each been jailed for more than two years after scamming people out of £105,000.

Islington Council gave homeless people forewarning before carrying out a “deep clean” of the street they sleep on near Finsbury Park station yesterday.

Three men behind a Caledonian Road letting agency that didn’t return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent to landlords have been convicted of fraud.

More than 50 volunteers scoured the roads of Islington to count rough sleepers and create a “snapshot” of the borough’s street homeless population on Friday.

Islington’s housing boss blasted the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for using the former HM Holloway Prison as a “cash cow” last night – and the community again demanded the site be reopened and converted into council homes.

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to “end the rip off” that saw Islington Council splash out £42,574,508 for two Public Finance Initiative (PFI) deals in the past financial year.

Sadiq Khan has pledged nearly £25 million worth of funding for Islington to build new council homes with.

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.

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.

A multi-million-pound hotel looks set to be built on the site of the old George Robey pub in Finsbury Park after housing was officially ruled out as an option.

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 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.

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

An Islington councillor will tomorrow ask town hall planners to stop a 182-room hotel being built on the site of a famous old Finsbury Park music venue.

A huge project to build a social housing block on the Golden Lane estate will go ahead after the council agreed to fund it with £7million of unspent Right to Buy cash.

A planned development on a Holloway estate has been panned by a group living on it – who say it could stop emergency services from accessing the tower blocks.

Housing campaigners have accused the Ministry of Justice of “misleading” people about the use of Holloway Prison’s visitor centre.

The town hall wants the government to pay for fire safety measures after a committee called for sprinklers to be fitted in all high-rises – something that could cost up to £97million.

A tenant is at her wits’ end over a locked gate which she believes could be a vital fire exit.

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