Author Archives: May Bulman

Islington third highest borough for smokers, study reveals

Islington has the third highest proportion of smokers of all London boroughs, according to a recent report by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The study reveals that 22 per cent of people in Inslington smoke, a figure matched by just three others – Barking and Dagenham, Hammersmith and Fulham and Tower Hamlets. Meanwhile the boroughs with the lowest

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Tufnell Park station reopens after nine-month closure

Tufnell Park tube station has reopened after closing for renovation nine months ago. Tufnell Park station has now reopened. — Northern line (@northernline) March 4, 2016 The tube station was shut on 8 June 2015 so that TfL could renovate two “obsolete” lifts, a decision that angered many local businesses. Some small businesses had to take out loans in

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Council tenants to face choice between leaving jobs or losing homes if Housing Bill passes

Council tenants could face having to quit their jobs in order to keep their homes if the Government’s proposals in the Housing Bill becomes law. The bill, scheduled to go through parliament in April 2016, will introduce “pay to stay”, a measure that will mean council tenants in London earning more than £40,000 will see

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Council tax rises as Islington faces £17m annual cuts

Islington residents will be 40 pence a week poorer after a council tax rise was overwhelmingly approved in a budget meeting last Thursday (25 February). The increase was passed by 47 votes, with just one member abstaining. It will “help pay for essential local services on which residents rely”, according to Islington Council. They agreed

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“Cowardly” Islington Council bans residents from questioning Archway Road transport scheme

Islington Council has been accused of “cowardly” behaviour after its members voted against taking public questions at the annual Budget Meeting. Residents who attended the meeting have accused the Council of using an “us and them” style after being banned from posing their questions about planned changes to the gyratory transport system on Archway Road–

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Dating in the dark at Dans le Noir restaurant

They say love is blind. I decided to put this to the test. I convinced a Tinder match to go on a first date to Dans le Noir, an Islington restaurant where guests “dine in the dark”. I met my date – we’ll call him Tinder Boy – at the tube station. He looked like he did in the photos, tall and

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‘Big slice’ cuts threaten Islington’s police

Cuts to the Metropolitan Police could “tear the heart out of neighbourhood policing” in Islington, according to Paul Convery, Executive Member for Community Safety. Next month’s Government Spending Review is expected to announce cuts of at least 22 percent to the Met’s budget over the next four years. In preparation for this, proposals are being outlined by

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