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I am shocked that in the middle of a global pandemic, secret trade talks between the UK and the US have resumed, writes Alexandra Davies, Islington.

In the coming weeks the developer of the Holloway Prison site, Peabody, will put out a consultation asking for the community’s thoughts on their draft master plan – it’s only a draft and the community can still have our say, writes Will McMahon, Community Plan for Holloway.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone and Congestion Charge were suspended at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in London when there was concern about key workers’ ability to get to work safely, writes Caroline Russell, Green Party London Assembly member.

During lockdown we’ve all enjoyed roads that have become safer, quieter places for pedestrians, runners and cyclists as we practise social distancing, writes Nicola Baird, Islington Green.

That the people of Bunhill are to be denied their by-election for a year speaks volumes. (Coronavirus: Bunhill by-election to replace Cllr Claudia Webbe MP delayed until May 2020), writes Sebastian Sandys, full contact details supplied.

It is heartening to hear that staff in care homes are among those formally recognised for their essential work in the current crisis, writes Caroline Joy, member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville.

As the coronavirus lockdown continues, students across the country impatiently wait for their grades despite the cancellation of exams.

“Get Brexit done”, “get Brexit done”, “get Brexit done”.

I absolutely support the government’s mantra that we will do “whatever It takes”, which is why I’m supporting Best for Britain’s campaign to extend the Brexit transition period, writes Davina Thackara, Corinne Road, Tufnell Park.

Shortly before the world turned upside down, I was lucky enough to be at BBC 6 Music event in Camden, where Tony Visconti, the great producer behind David Bowie’s Berlin-period albums, and The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel were interviewed by Liz Kershaw.

I write on Wednesday, a couple of hours before our print deadline.

In light of the coronavirus public health emergency, I have today written to Islington’s chief executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan, asking that she immediately halt the removal of the trees, writes Meg Howarth, Ellington Street, Islington.

My rationed exercise on Tuesday saw me cycling to Hampstead, walking up Parliament Hill and up to Highgate, and freewheeling down Highgate Hill towards home.

If the council’s “Fairer Islington” and “Climate Emergency” declarations are to be worth the paper they’re written on, town hall bosses and their Dixon Clark Court partner need to produce fresh plans which integrate the proposed 14 private homes with the social-housing units (‘Tree-gate’: Protest over planned felling of trees in Highbury to build private and council homes), writes Meg Howarth, Ellington Street, Islington.

On Sunday I gave £4 to someone who was begging. Aren’t I quite the hero?

I spent the oddity that was the turn of the millennium (or the turn of 1999/2000, at least) at a small party in a derelict school hall, wearing a dress, playing with my then-band in front of a handful of friends and, bizarrely, my former teacher.

Many of us who belong to the older generation and were captivated by the screen presence of Hollywood Icon Jean Simmons will have regretted her passing a decade ago on January 22, writes Walter Roberts, Brecknock Road Estate, Islington.

Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn, as an individual he ran and jumped like the racehorse Redrum, writes Michael McElligott, Amwell Street, Islington.

It will be a bitter pill to swallow but it may be time for Remain campaigners to accept that Brexit will “git done” and rethink the focus of their energies.

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