Rough sleeping  falls in London for the first time in 6 years

Rough sleeping falls in London for the first time in 6 years

By Jessie Mathewson, LDRS Rough sleeping in London has fallen for the first time in six years, according to Government data released on February 27. The annual snapshot found 147 fewer people sleeping on the streets of the capital in autumn 2019, compared to the previous year: down from 1,283 to...

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Sadiq Khan to miss housing target

Sadiq Khan to miss housing target

Sadiq Khan is on track to miss his affordable home building target, with just three months until the end of the financial year. The Mayor said he would start between 17,000 and 23,000 affordable homes in 2019/20. But by December, just 12,546 were underway, putting City Hall on track for...

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Six new Blue Plaques to commemorate pioneering women

Six new Blue Plaques to commemorate pioneering women

English Heritage has announced the addition of six new blue plaques for London, in a drive to address the scheme’s historic gender imbalance. Currently, only 14% of plaques honour the achievements of women or female movements. The announcement, made ahead of International Women’s Day, named four inspirational British female icons,...

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Clapham Junction businesses promoted online

Clapham Junction businesses promoted online

The Clapham Junction Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a new consumer-facing and mobile-friendly website that is focused on promoting Clapham Junction as South West London’s destination location. The site has launched online as part of numerous initiatives being delivered by the BID. A BID is a geographical area where...

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‘Hidden London’ at the London Transport Museum

‘Hidden London’ at the London Transport Museum

Step into the Hidden London exhibition at the London Transport Museum, and it’s hard to tell at first if you’re even supposed to be there. Construction barriers cover parts of the walls, and most of the light comes from work lamps strung up with exposed wires. Dusty tools rest on...

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Westminster council rejects ‘controversial’ Holocaust memorial

A National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre proposed for a site next to the Houses of Parliament contravenes planning rules on size, design and location, Westminster City Council has said. The council fully supports the principle of a memorial and learning centre in central London, however the local authority’s planning committee...

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TfL shows off latest plans for South Kensington redevelopment

TfL shows off latest plans for South Kensington redevelopment

Transport for London continues to seek public comment on plans for new buildings around South Kensington station and delivery of step-free access to the District and Circle lines. The transit agency hosted an exhibition at Imperial College London with Native Land, a developer, to hear feedback on the proposed development....

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Groundbreaking project uses Underground to heat homes

Groundbreaking project uses Underground to heat homes

The sweltering temperatures on the tube’s Northern line will soon begin keeping homes in Islington, North London, warm throughout the colder months, under a scheme to harness the heat from the underground. By the end of the year the project will pipe heat from the underground into hundreds of homes and...

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RBKC seeking comment on infrastructure spending

RBKC seeking comment on infrastructure spending

Kensington and Chelsea Council is seeking residents’ input on how to best allocate a £2.6 million fund collected from developers for infrastructure improvements in the borough.  Residents can choose the type of projects they think need the most support, including transport, bicycle infrastructure, environmental issues such as recycling or engine...

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British Legion shares policy recommendations for next London mayor

British Legion shares policy recommendations for next London mayor

Anthony Muckell, a Royal Marines veteran who served in the First Gulf War, said he started struggling with his mental health years after leaving the military. He felt unsupported by the local authorities and services, he said, and wasn’t sure where his life was headed. The London native attempted suicide,...

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