Other London News - July 2018

How to get under the skin of a 24 hour city – Noel Hatch, June 2018

How does the lifestyle of living or working in London influence how we think and how we behave? Are we passive rats running the rat race or are we constantly shaping and re-shaping it?

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London Councils’ new Chair takes the reins – London Councils, June 2018

Cllr Peter John OBE has been elected Chair of London Councils, the cross-party organisation which represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation.

On his election, Cllr John set out his priorities for London over the next four years.

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London is joining the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities – Centre for Aging better, June 2018

Speaking at Age UK London’s “Tackling Loneliness Amongst Older Londoners” Conference, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew Ryder, QC, outlined the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s aim for London to be recognised globally as an age-friendly city.

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New £100m initiative will unlock small sites and create 1,000 affordable homes for London – L&Q, June 2018

The L&Q Foundation has kick-started a £100 million initiative with nine leading London-based black and minority ethnic housing associations and the Greater London Authority which will create hundreds of new affordable homes.

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New Grenfell memorial garden ‘symbolises healing and hope’ – The Independent, June 2018

A memorial garden for the community devastated by the Grenfell Tower fire has been unveiled, symbolising “healing, peace and justice”.

The garden at St Clement's Church, Notting Dale, sits in the shadow of the charred remains of the west London tower block.

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Westminster has blocked Sadiq’s plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street. So are London’s boroughs too powerful? – City Metric, June 2018

This has not always been a bad thing: not all grand-projets are a good idea. Back in the 1960s, it was big road schemes that were all the rage, and it was only the intransigence of the boroughs that prevented an urban motorway from being driven through Hampstead and Highbury Fields.

Nonetheless, the fragmented nature of London’s local government means that plans to solve the capital’s problems will always be at the mercy of small groups of highly motivated NIMBYs. Unless TfL is granted more powers, at the expense of the boroughs, Oxford Street won’t be the last.

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Smarter London Together – Mayor of London, June 2018

The Mayor has launched Smarter London Together - his roadmap to make London ‘the smartest city in the world’.

This roadmap is intended to be a flexible digital masterplan for the city. It sets out how we want to collaborate with the capital's boroughs and services, from TfL to the NHS. We also want to work more effectively with the tech community, our universities and other cities.

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