Have just seen the brilliant solar panel displays installed by Brighton Energy in big sites in their area, funded by local people and individuals from around the country. Hoping that Power Up North London will be able to get something off the ground round here.
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Now is the moment to sit out in your garden or the local parks on a nice sunny day around some flowering plants and for 15 minutes count whatever butterflies and moths flutter by. We should find whites, and if lucky, commas, red admirals and peacocks. On some of the council’s flowering meadows there may be meadow browns. The count is being organised by Butterfly Conservation and you can log your findings on their website from now until the end of August: http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
This is a bullet point presentation of London’s air quality situation with great artwork, worth looking at even if you don’t like reading bullet points. Clean Air London’s analysis of Boris’s record on #airpollution and #cleanair priorities for the next Mayor
A PDF from the Mayor’s office:
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Power Up North London is one year old and has sent off an application to register as a Community Benefit Society. This means that they will soon be a legally incorporated entity which is able to issue community shares, take out loans and apply for funding. They are in conversation with numerous roof owners who are interested in partnering PUNL, from churches to commercial buildings.
To join the core group and help PUNL get their first solar project off the ground, the next monthly meeting is at 7.30pm at the Grafton, Kentish Town on 1 July.
They will also be at Alma Street fair on 5 July on the Transition Kentish Town stand.
Follow on Twitter @PowerUpNLdn and visit our website for updates.
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Door-to-door to Imst in the Austrian Alps:
Duration: 12 hours
Duration: 9 hours
Info from http://www.routerank.com
Great article on wildflower meadows which says in 1000 words what I couldn’t find in loads of books: http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/blog/garden-wildflowers-for-year-round-benefit/
Islington Council is pressing ahead with a further consultation on its plans to control “Buy to Leave”
From Friday 15 May 2015 until Monday 15 June 2015 the council would like to get people’s views on the Preventing Wasted Housing Supply revised draft SPD. The SPD proposes to take measures through the use of legal agreements (known as Section 106 agreements) to ensure that new-build housing in major developments is not left unoccupied and can therefore contribute to meeting Islington’s and London’s housing needs.
The Council’s paperwork can be found here: http://www.islington.gov.uk/services/planning/planningpol/pol_supplement/Pages/prevent-wasted-housing.aspx?extra=24
Comments should be sent in to:
By email: LDF@islington.gov.uk
In writing: Freepost, RSEA-CUHA-YYAS, Planning Policy, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR
It’s an attempt to rein in the buy to leave purchases which are particularly prevalent in the south of the borough, where property is bought simply as a way to stash cash, and not even rented out. Much of it is new build and for this type of buyer, as soon as the property is inhabited, apparently it loses value, like a new car driven out of the showroom. For this we are getting the 200-odd new towers across our skyline because they particularly like apartments. Empty properties are a complete waste of resources for existing residents and businesses in Islington (and London) and given the pressure on London housing should be brought back into use. Hopefully the Council will be able to proceed with its plan.
It seems much of the converted Whittington House opposite the end of Hargrave Road was sold overseas, and it is expected the same will apply to the conversion of the big blue and white block at Archway – Hill House. Both are of property at below London Plan stipulated sizes, so given another 20 years likely to end up close to slum unless something very unexpected intervenes.
Islington North Hustings April 20, 7.30pm Islington Arts and Media School, Turle Road, Finsbury Park
Info received from the Better Archway Forum about Islington North Hustings:
The Islington Gazette has organised an Islington North hustings, where members of the public can grill the candidates about the issues that matter to them – in person at:
Islington North Hustings
April 20, 7.30pm
Islington Arts and Media School, Turle Road, Finsbury Park
All six candidates for Islington North will take to the stage to answer your questions in the school’s art auditorium. The chairman is yet to be confirmed.
Tickets: Entry is free, just turn up on the night.
Submit a question: either on the night, or in advance by emailing email@example.com
This is an opportunity to inject some environmental issues into the debate!