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Money for Repairs

On the 13th January there was a full City Council meeting where Sue Pearson, your local Common Councillor, proposed a motion that the repairs programme for all the City Estates be accelerated by using some of the City’s financial reserves. The repairs programme is moving incredibly slowly even by the City’s standards with the last 5 year plan being inadequately funded while the Estates decay and tenants live in unacceptable conditions. The City has a fund called City Cash which has reserves of £2.6 billion. They have dedicated £50 million of this money to support small business during the pandemic but nothing to support residents. £37 million of this money has not been spent and Sue suggested that, as a start, it might be a good idea to redirect this to Estate repairs.At the Council meeting discussion of the motion was cut short by a point of order and the the motion to speed up repair of your Estates was lost by 75 votes to 19. A supportive councillor, Graeme Harrower, has written a…See More
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Barbican Cluster Panel Meeting - City of London Police

Any one who lives or works in Barbican Cluster is invited to attend the Barbican Cluster Panel MeetingThursday 20 January 2022 from 1800 to 1900 hours @Golden Lane Estate Community Centre, Fann Street, London, EC1Y 0SAYou can meet the Dedicated Ward Officer Team and other members of the communityReceive an update on local policing mattersHave a say on the cluster priorities for policingThe room will be well ventilated so please wear warm clothing.Seating will be well placed and face masks are required unless exempt.Numbers will be restricted due to COVID recommendations so please confirmyour attendance with us in advance.To confirm attendance please contact PC Christine Phillips,christine.phillips@cityoflondon.police.uk, 07736 952395.See More
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Imagine a Golden Lane Estate that was going to achieve Carbon Net Zero. Imagine a place that was green, resilient to climate change and really committed to recycling, waste reduction and conservation of energy. Imagine a place with lots of trees, new planting, and a real commitment to encouraging biodiversity.

In the middle of a climate emergency, it is important to imagine and then to act to bring about change.

The City of London launched its Climate Action Plan last year. This event which is organised by residents on Golden Lane Estate is designed to bring people together in a socially distanced conversation about how to make change happen right here.

Bring your ideas to create a better future for Golden Lane Estate. Join a conversation about how to reduce the carbon footprint on the Estate and how to make it a greener place to live.

Saturday 15th May
2-00pm to 4-00pm

  • A socially distanced open-air event
  • Under Crescent House by the tennis courts
  • Refreshments and stalls

Some ideas for change:

  • More trees
  • Recycling of more things
  • Repairing workshops
  • Better places to sit and talk
  • Local energy generation
  • Extra food growing places
  • Improvements to biodiversity
  • Less cutting of grass
  • Community laundries   
  • Gardening on balconies
  • The GAH roof is open with beehives
  • Drainage water collected for watering
  • Solar panels on the roofs
  • Better air quality
  • Bike maintenance workshops
  • Places for safe cycle storage
  • Workshops and clubs on climate emergency, recycling, and upcycling

 

Follow us on instagram #imaginegoldenlane or email: greengoldenlane@gmail.com

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This was such a good event. Could we have something similar every month? A zero carb theme and residents sharing info about other events and updates on past events and news about stuff like Crescent House. Clubs that are starting up again.

Have you seen the planned cost for new district heating in Crescent House?  £14,000 per flat!  Even a heat pump would be likely to be about £5-8,000* per flat.  Gas boilers cost less than £2k and MIGHT partially run on hydrogen if that can be sourced 'greenly'.

See my other comment....insulate (and use a tiny amount of gas).

* the article suggests "between £6,000 and £18,000, depending on the sort you install and the size of your home." but I suspect there a few huge palaces in Golden Lane.

In these buildings, the big difference would be to have vastly improved insulation (and draught-proofing) so that less energy is needed.  Energy MAY be provided by cooking, washing, domestic appliances, lighting...and animals exercising?

Biodiversity

the total of life, human, animal, birds, insects , aquatics, plants and their ecosystems . The great complex of life on earth in its myriad environments and interdependency.

We need to know the state of life on Golden Lane Estate. Monthly monitoring of target species, in our pond, shrubs, grassed areas and balconies. If you would like to join in and do this please post here and spread the word. We might try a trial area around the pond and the three blocks overlooking it.

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