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The Waterlow Park Trust is organising a public meeting at which the various bodies involved with this wonderful historic park are going to be presenting details of changes to the park. The notice is here: http://waterlowparktrust.org.uk/public-meeting-7-december-2016/ Please come; parks need all the public support they can get as cash-strapped local councils (n this case, Camden) look for savings.
Distinguished speaker Alyssa Gilbert will introduce the discussion. Hopefully the Trump position might have shifted into a planet-saving direction by the date of the meeting.
The Institute is here: 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS T 020 8340 3343
A GLA report https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/hundreds-of-schools-exceed-air-quality-limits has found 33 Islington schools and 36 Camden schools with air which breaches permitted pollution levels. Examples around Pooterland are St Aloysius, Grafton School, St Joseph’s, Acland Burghley, Camden School for Girls, La Sainte Union, and Parliament Hill.
Let us hope the new mayor takes action swiftly as pollution damages children even more than it does adults.
Taken from Twitter:
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PUNL meeting tonight/7pm @thegraftonnw5 to discuss next wave of projects. Come along if you don’t trust @realDonaldTrump with the climate!
The Grafton Pub is at 20 Prince Of Wales Road, NW5 3LG
Haringey Council is in the process of selling off the old Town Hall in Crouch End, to a developer for housing, a boutique hotel, and some community access. They are also including in the lot the Crouch End Green, which is currently public open space. Cash-strapped Haringey say that they are building into the sale documents provision for ongoing public access onto the Green. Local people have doubts about how the public access will go on into perpetuity.
There is a petition to sign here if you have concerns about this:
Once upon a time children used to play in the street. Then came the invention of the car, and with that the powerful motoring lobby (cars were expensive, so by definition their drivers had influence) and playing in the street was made a criminal offence. Children would find themselves in the dock if they caused cars inconvenience. The book London Born http://www.londonborn.co.uk/, a memoir of life growing up in Highgate Newtown, paints a picture of what has been lost.
But more recently there has been a pushback against this approach with the establishment of Play Streets. This involves closing a residential street to through traffic for two or three hours, generally once a month, and stewards making sure that the space is safe for children to meet and play. And of course the adults get to meet as well, so the whole thing increases local community.
If you would like a Play Street where you live, the people to help you are London Play. Funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme, London Play is working with residents and councils in 12 London boroughs (including Islington and Camden) with a particular focus on disadvantaged areas, to reactivate a culture of children playing out in the streets near where they live, and to embed this in local policy. Its work on play streets in other boroughs is funded by the Department of Health which is interested in Play Streets as way to achieve a positive impact on activity levels in children and on childhood obesity. London Play can be contacted on email@example.com.
Local examples of Play Streets include Fairbridge Road N19 firstname.lastname@example.org 11am-1pm first Sunday of the month plus
- Highwood Road N19 1-4pm first Sunday of the month
- St George’s Avenue N7 1-4pm first Sunday of the month
- Dresden Road N19 1-4pm first Sunday of the month
- Ryland Road NW5 2-5pm last Sunday of the month
I managed to utterly destroy my laptop in a fit of solar flares and bad luck. The battery had died, so I bought a new one and it wouldn’t charge properly – result being that the constant sudden power-downs killed the hard drive. While trying to find the corrupted Windows DLLs, I then discovered the DVD drive was dying too, and during an attempt to open and close the DVD drive, I then accidentally knocked a cup of tea over the keyboard.
To replace it, I was torn between buying a waterproof laptop and a green laptop.
Common sense prevailed. I vowed not to drink tea near computers, and ordered a new machine from Very PC who got awards in 2009 for building the most sustainable computers available in the UK and recently moved into BREEAM certified premises in Sheffield.
I managed to keep my last laptop going for over 6 years. If I hadn’t killed it accidentally I probably would have got another year out of it. I’m aiming for the same life span for this next one.
Slight downside: I won’t get it until Monday next week.