PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 October 2018 April Roach Engaging new audiences with wildlife, the Land of the Fanns bioblitz event held jointly with the Thames Chase Trust and the Forestry Commission. Picture: Land of the Fanns. Archant Hornchurch, Upminster and Romford are part of a large area that has been earmarked for conservation and community projects. A map of the focus area for the Land of Fanns project.The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme is a five-year programme that aims to restore and celebrate 11 landscape character areas that cross in Havering and Barking and Dagenham.Described as the “grandest prospect in England” by writer Philip Morant in the 1970s, the Land of the Fanns area is full of environmental and historical gems.From places such as Rainham Marshes which is home to 10 per cent of the UK population of water vole, to the rich histories of royal residence within the Havering hlls - the project hopes to get residents … [Read more...] about The Land of the Fanns: Project hopes to restore and celebrate historic gems in Havering
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Image courtesy of The Manchester Meteor This essay was first published in the Manchester Meteor: an “an alternative, radical, community-based publication for the people of Manchester”. The housing crisis is a prime example of the economic term market failure. Politicians of different stripes have followed policies, introduced by Margaret Thatcher, of increasing market forces in the housing market, by promoting private ownership of homes, and degrading social housing by selling it off with heavy subsidies – while promising but failing to build more. These policies continue in spite of the increasing homelessness and housing crisis, and have seen the number of home owners drop across the UK and Greater Manchester, making a mockery of the Conservative claim to be ‘the party of home ownership’. “There is no alternative” was Thatcher’s motto to ensure her political and economic neoliberal dogma was adhered to. But Thatcher was … [Read more...] about Can alternative models of ownership help solve the housing crisis?
UK Politics 30 July 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44956501 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel After facing criticism for being slow off the mark ahead of the 2016 mayoral race, the Conservatives have been quicker with their … [Read more...] about Who’s who: Tory candidates for London mayor
PUBLISHED: 15:14 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:40 18 June 2018 Mike Brooke Campaigners' wildest dream comes true with the Mayor of London releasing surplus land at Shadwell for low-cost housing. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke Campaigners have won a victory today in their long fight for low-cost homes with the Mayor of London announcing that a disused railway depot in Shadwell is to be used for non-profit community land trust housing. Bishop of London Dame Sarah Mullally blessed the Cable Street site with Holy Water on May 3. Picture: Mike Brooke The site is set to be London’s biggest-yet land trust where homes are sold based on the average income in the area—less than half market price. The homes can only be sold back to the land trust with the same criteria, with the land itself retained for future generations. “Housing is a basic human right,” Shadwell schools family engagement officer Janice Hill-Kocoglu said. “I have seen so many families … [Read more...] about Land trust victory at Shadwell after railway yard is blessed with holy water by Bishop of London
PUBLISHED: 16:32 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 03 May 2018 Mike Brooke Young parishioners welcome new Bishop of London to see land trust site they found at Shadwell. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke The new Bishop of London has been welcomed by children and parishioners in Shadwell to bless at a dilapidated railway yard they hope to turn into genuinely-affordable land trust housing. The Rt Rev Dame Sara Mullally in Shadwell who is to be innauguarted later this month as Bishop of London. Picture: Mike Brooke Dame Sara Mullally, the first-ever woman bishop of London, came on a flying visit today to St George’s-in-the-East parish to look at the disused yard in Cable Street next to the Victorian archers of the main line Fenchurch Street railway. The old cobbled yard has been promised by the Mayor of London to be used for land trust housing. “We have to be much more imaginative in finding solutions to housing,” she told the East London Advertiser on … [Read more...] about New Bishop of London blesses old railway yard in Shadwell to be used for land trust housing