The bread is delicious. I have to consciously stop myself eating the whole loaf as soon as I get it home.
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My letter to my councillors explains it:
Dear Michael O’Sullivan, Phil Kelly and Barbara Sidnell,
My family and I live on Moray Road in the Finsbury Park ward, and our closest and favourite local playground is the Wray Crescent playground by the cricket pitch.
One of my friends Dan Curtis – a local dad @yellowfeverdan – is fund-raising, including running the London Marathon, to raise money to improve the playground facilities there in a way that local parents and children want. It all started with the need for a slide and now Dan is targetting a total of £5,000.
Islington Council have identified the play space as ‘needing improvement’ and have promised to double Dan’s final sum.
The money will go through Friends of Wray Crescent who have done great things already, e.g. planting orchard trees on the hillock just outside the playground at the end of Wray Crescent road.
North Islington Nursery School (where our children all go) on Tollington Park are also holding a special sports day to raise funds too.
Two of Dan’s councillors have already promised over £1000 together from discretionary budgets that they have available for their ward. It would be fantastic to see some more contribution from other surrounding wards too. Do you think that is possible?
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It’s all going to be made of wood by a local craftsman who works from absolute raw materials: already about 5 big tree trunks have been delivered, locally sourced beech, I think.
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Islington in consortium of North London Boroughs to receive government support for retrofitting homes
Delighted to learn that Islington Council is involved in the recently announced North London Green Deal Communities project along with Haringey, Camden, Enfield, Hackney and Waltham Forest councils. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/green-deal-communities
This project is supported by approximately £450K of government money to be spent in each of the six boroughs on retrofitting homes. The details are still being finalised between the boroughs and DECC, but in order to qualify for a grant towards the cost of any works one of three measures (internal or external solid wall insulation or hard to treat cavity insulation) will need to be carried out on the property. The grants are likely to be up to £6,000 depending on a range of criteria. There is also money available for community interaction (e.g. door knocking and events etc.) although this is unlikely to start in earnest until after the local elections due to legal restrictions. There is further funding available for local businesses to become green deal accredited.
One more step towards reducing our dependence on expensive and climate-changing fossil fuels. Good effort by Islington Council, thank you.