On Saturday 18 February 12.00 to 13.30 people are invited to gather outside the entrance of the former Holloway prison on Parkhurst Road, N7 to support a call for the building to be opened for public use.
Holloway prison closed last year. It will be three years before any new development begins on the site. Just outside the prison walls is a building that was formerly used as a visitors’ centre for those visiting prisoners. It is modern, accessible and child-friendly. Rather than being left empty until a decision is made about the future of the prison site, the visitors’ centre could be opened immediately for use by the people of Islington.
The organisers say, “We are calling on the Ministry of Justice to loan the visitors’ centre to a partnership of local community groups so that it can be run by them in the community interest. It would be a complete waste to leave such a good resource locked up and unused for years. There are lots of ways the building could be used:
- A very low cost resource to support the work of the many community groups in the borough.
- To provide help to those in the greatest need in our community.
- For community events.”
The prison visitors’ centre was built with the help of charity funds. It is on Government land and managed by the Ministry of Justice. So the land is public land and the visitors’ centre is a public building.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice is planning to sell the land. There is a lot of concern that a private developer will buy the land and build unaffordable luxury flats on the site.
Recently, over 100 Islington residents attended a public meeting in Islington to discuss what should be developed on this large area of public land. People shared a range of views on how the land might be developed. All agreed the needs of the community must come first.
Justice Matters: a community plan for Holloway is a two year community consultation project, independent of government and Islington council. They will be working with local people and community groups to develop a community vision for the Holloway prison site.
In March 2017, they will be launching the first phase of a community consultation.
Visit www.plan4holloway.org.uk to find out more and receive updates on how you can take part in the consultation.
Spotted by Patrick and Sarah Swan in the hidden garden between Northdown and Balfe Streets on Monday, was this incredible flock of endangered Fieldfares. They explain:
“The flock was actually much larger than the photo shows. The birds were around for several hours and at times the tree had at least three times the number in the photo. They were flying around, coming and going from the tree, flying to trees near the Nido buildings and there were also about 20 or so on a tall tree in our communal garden.”
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says:
“Fieldfares are large, colourful thrushes, much like a mistle thrush in general size, shape and behaviour. They stand very upright and move forward with purposeful hops. They are very social birds, spending the winter in flocks of anything from a dozen or two to several hundred strong. These straggling, chuckling flocks that roam the UK’s countryside are a delightful and attractive part of the winter scene.
Fieldfares have Red list status:
- Globally threatened.
- Historical population decline in UK during 1800–1995.
- Severe (at least 50%) decline in UK breeding population over last 25 years, or longer-term period (the entire period used for assessments since the first BoCC review, starting in 1969).
- Severe (at least 50%) contraction of UK breeding range over last 25 years, or the longer-term period.”
Thankyou so much Patrick and Sarah.
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 above a run-down row of shops just before the Poor School. Islington is indeed the UK’s most densely populated borough, but these densities are reminiscent of C19th tenement slums. Thanks to @jonfoster on Twitter for spotting.
The ad says>
‘I have 2 beds available in a roomshare, in a house which consists of 13 young and amazing people. Dont get scared off as many times there is no one home, we all work and have lives outside of the house. The house consist of 3 Rooms:
Room 1: for 2 people but already full
Room 2: For 4 people. The room at the moment consist of three girls so they would love another girl to join them. The bed costs £390 a month but requires signing a minimum 4 month contract.
Room 3: (also my room) this room is a 7-bed room and has one bed available for the right person. Its a mixed room , so we dont mind a boy or girl. The rent is £390 a month but requires no signing of any contract. The minimum stay is just one month, but trust me some of us have been here for more than a year.
Guys, dont be scared of sharing a room , it could be a great way to save money, and a good way to start when just arriving to London. We have a shared kitchen , bathroom, washing machine, dryer and wifi….all bills are also included. So Living in Kings CRoss, zone one for this price! Feel free to contact me on Wassap or Viber to arrange a viewing.
Thanks to the lovely people in the Facebook Group Camden a Pictoral History for the pic.
Copenhagen Youth Project at 172 Copenhagen Street N1 0ST is a unique youth project working in partnership with young people to create and sustain positive youth culture.
Every year 90% of young people that CYP work with aged 7 to 11, demonstrate increased responsiveness to learning, improved understanding of consequences of behaviour, and that they have learned about the impact they have in our community. The CYP Youth Led Enterprise includes public exhibition space were youth achievements are displayed, giving young people a sense of pride in their community. Parents, grandparents and residents can share in this pride as can our whole community including local businesses and commuters.
CYP would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:
CYP members with Harry Shearer & Judith Owen at ‘Christmas Without Tears’ at Kings Place on December 8th 2016.
“A Big thank you to all our supporters, we wouldn’t be here without you! 2016 has been a very hectic year for us with lots of changes, challenges and excitements.”
If you would like to support CYP, just click here.
CYP Christmas closing times from Christmas Eve to Monday 9 January 2017.
The marvellous arts and environment community organisation Cally Arts has been working hard, in partnership with the Canals and Rivers Trust and Islington Council, to take care of the towpath from Maiden Lane (York Way) bridge to the Islington Tunnel.
Last week saw a new beech tree installed, replacing a much loved tree that had been destroyed in a criminal act of vandalism. The beech will eventually grow tall but will have a narrow crown and will have lots of wildlife associations.
Recently a new cherry tree and a new crab apple tree have also replaced a vandalised tree on the towpath near Copenhagen School. Both are important for wildlife, the crab apple especially so.
Coincidentally, Cally Arts latest work came at the same time as “Valuing London’s Urban Forest” was published, co-authored by Keith Sacre and Jessica Goodenough, of Treeconomics, and Kieron Doick of Forest Research. It is a partnership project including The Forestry Commission, Greater London Authority, Greenspace Information for Greater London, London Tree Officers Association, Natural England, Trees for Cities and The Tree Council. Using the iTree app the project is the largest survey undertaken to date worldwide using the software. It found that trees in inner London alone:
- Remove 561 tonnes of pollution each year, worth £58 million.
- Store 499,000 tonnes of carbon, worth £30.9 million.
Tree vandalism is criminal and harms us all. If you see anyone acting suspiciously near trees anywhere in our area, please report them to the police – easily done using the Just Evidence app.
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