“You’ve fled, you’ve built shelter and got food for your children, so there’s a bit of stability here. But if it starts raining and you have mudslides and you start having another major disease outbreak, people then begin to feel the world’s forgotten them, and we’ve got another humanitarian crisis.” … [Read more...] about Rohingya refugee children at risk from monsoon season ‘catastrophe’
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Of course, it’s a big issue in London – it’s hugely polluting to local communities, causing air pollution in areas that already breach legal limits, extra noise affecting millions of people when they step out of their homes and the obvious public safety risk from extra flights over the most densely populated part of the entire country. Even the Victorians would never have built a national hub airport in such an ill-suited location, surrounded by homes and roads making expansion complex, risky and expensive. … [Read more...] about A third runway for Heathrow is no way to ‘level up’ Britain
Local authorities can seek government permission to limit the effects of studentification by imposing stricter conditions on the planning and usage of homes. They can spread the load across the city. Local authorities in Manchester, Wolverhampton, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton and some London boroughs have imposed tight controls, while others, including Durham, Bath and Chester, have not. Residents in parts of Birmingham are angry that, despite a student population of 70,000, there is no city-wide student housing policy. Overseas students – around 450,000 in the UK – usually prefer to live in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), the new “gold rush” for investors. In Coventry alone, there are 22 blocks of managed student rooms being built and more are planned. The rooms often cost more to rent than a house share – for example, an ensuite room in Manchester costs about £6,500 to £7,800 a year – but more British students are being … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?