Tuesday, 24 June 2014

"London Arms Race As Protesters Crowdsource To Buy A Water Cannon To Take On Boris Johnson"

Link to Huffington Post

" 'London's has purchased three water cannon for the Met Police's armoury against austerity protesters this year. Surely it's only fair the people had one too?'

This is the question being asked by protesters who are furious at Boris Johnson's announcement that he bought three water cannon for the Metropolitan Police at a cost of £218,000.

Now, London is facing a water cannon arms race, as protesters launched a crowdfunding project on the StartJoin platform, aiming to raise £30,000 to buy police-grade riot control weaponry."

Friday, 20 June 2014

Terence Cuneo's New Barnet railway poster

Link to Barnet Times

"A 66-year-old railway poster featuring a Barnet signal box has been sold for £2,500 at an auction – £1,000 more than expected.

"The 40 inches by 50 inches poster had been expected to sell for between £1,000 and £1,500 at the Christie’s auction in London.

"The poster, emblazoned with the words On Early Shift, is particularly valuable because it is by the late Terence Cuneo, who is regarded as one of the greatest painters of steam locomotives."

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

NLWP: Call for Sites

Link to web site

What the NLWP is currently doing:
  • We are consulting on the Scoping Report for Sustainability Appraisal
  • We are seeking nominations for sites/areas to be considered for waste development in North London
  • We have published a data study on waste in north London
  • We are contacting authorities to which north London waste is exported
  • We are starting to develop a draft Plan based on feedback received

Call for Sites
"We are inviting industry, landowners and any other interested parties to nominate sites or areas to be considered for waste development in North London. The sites or areas suggested can be either existing locations currently used for a waste management purposes which may be suitable for future expansion, or sites or areas with a future potential waste management use.

"Information submitted to us will be used in the development of the NLWP. The draft plan will contain maps and information about sites or areas being considered for inclusion in the NLWP and people will have the opportunity to comment on them.

"Should you wish to put forward a site or area, please complete a nomination form and return it with a map of the proposed site/area at scale 1:10 000 showing two named roads and any other relevant information to the address below. Please use a separate form for each site or area nominated.

"Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Call For Sites Subsection of the Document Centre. Click here for Nomination Form

"Please ensure that we receive nominations by 4th July 2014.

"You can submit your comments by email to feedback@nlwp.net (preferred method)

or by post to Archie Onslow, North London Waste Plan, LB Camden Culture & Environment, Town Hall, Argyle Street, London WC1H 8EQ

"Please ensure that we receive them by the deadline shown above.

"Please use the email address above for other enquiries or to request hardcopy versions of the documents.

'Pinkham Way Alliance' statement

"After the failure of the last North London Waste Plan (NLWP) in 2012, a new one is being discussed. Many of you supported our first consultation submission about it.

"Preliminary focus group meetings with planners and stakeholders are underway, and we’ve been attending.

"Sadly, there are immediate and disturbing signs that the key aim of the previous and failed NLWP remains, which is to ‘deliver’ Pinkham Way to the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) for future waste use.

"Despite prior talk of ‘openness’ and ‘transparency’, there appears little real willingness to listen to outside participants.

"We asked to receive information before the meetings. ‘Not ready’, we were told. Then, a different excuse: ‘It isn’t the practice to send it’. Finally, in front of the whole meeting: ‘If it’s sent, we find people don’t read it’. It is genuinely shocking.

"So, detailed information, with wide-ranging questions about policy, is distributed at the meetings and views are canvassed immediately. A cynical and revealing ambush.

"We've been told we'll get the information beforehand next time, but we're not holding our breath. And the damage has already been done.

"Business as usual, sadly. But three years of attrition have prepared us to respond quickly to such tactics, which is precisely what we’ve done. From here, your support and encouragement, as ever, will be a vital part of this.

"We’ll keep you posted. Please stay alert to this fight, because there will be much to do, including more essential fundraising.

"Speaking of fundraising, many thanks to the many of you who came to our concert on 25 May. You were such an appreciative audience; Suzie and I thoroughly enjoyed performing to you."

Stephen Brice
Pinkham Way Alliance

Friday, 6 June 2014

Sat 7 - Sun 8 June: Open Studios and Art Trail

Back for our third year, we've grown again. Showcasing 44 creatives in 2014.

On 7th and 8th June, artists, designers and craftspeople will open their studios to the public and show work on high streets in shops and cafes in Southgate and Palmers Green. This FREE event is a rare opportunity to meet makers and buy direct from them.

We have an even greater variety of work this year. Handmade baskets, furniture and sculpture will be on show as well as knitwear, lighting, textiles and millinery plus fine art, ceramics, glass and leatherwear.

We’re staging free workshops for adults and children to try their hand at art and craft - see tab for more info. There is something for everyone so come and be inspired over this wonderful weekend!

Watch this short film of our 2013 event to give you a flavour of what's to come!
Video of Open Studios 2013
Follow us on facebook for updates: facebook.com/OpenStudiosandArtTrail

Event organiser Dan Maier: info@openstudios.uk.com or 020 8886 9020
This event is organised by Creative Exchange, for more info click here