Author Archives: William Perrin

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.

Rainscreen cladding in Islington high rise blocks

The Council put out a statement yesterday reassuring people in the aftermath of the awful Grenfell fire: ‘Islington Council always follows the most up to date advice on all aspects of building safety. I am confident that we have good … Continue reading

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Springtime for Kings Cross

Kings Cross is more famous for its intense urban-ness but on a lovely Spring day with the trees freshly in leaf the harsh urban edges are softened a little by the greenery.  Here’s a few pics from this morning.  

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Camden council to be replaced by algorithm

In a radical efficiency move Camden Council is to be replaced entirely by software with public services delivered by cash machines, parking meters and street cleaning robots controlled by an ‘artificial brain’. We can reveal today that the brain, christened … Continue reading

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On the Panayi property trail….

Local people will be familiar with the exploits of convicted landlord Andrew Panayi on the Cally Road.  But what is the extent of his property empire on the Cally?  We can shine a light on a small part of it … Continue reading

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Seven to a room in Kings Cross

The Kings Cross rental market never ceases to amaze.  Here’s the latest on spareroom.co.uk – 13 people in three rooms, one a dorm room of seven (also on Gumtree). Not quite sure where it is – but the map pin suggests … Continue reading

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Happy Xmas

Thanks to the lovely people in the Facebook Group Camden a Pictoral History for the pic. 

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Pentonville facilities not ‘safe, decent and legal’

Correspondence released under FOI between the Prison Minister and the Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville reveals  a weird sense of complacency and blunders by the Ministry of Justice. Ministers were aware of the window problems at … Continue reading

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Pentonville suicide in part due to repeated failures by prison, inquest hears – corporate manslaughter?

An horrific tale of repeated mistakes was revealed at last weeks inquest into a January 2016 suicide at HMP Pentonville.  Basic procedures established following a previous suicide weren’t followed and another person died.  The details are below in a press … Continue reading

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