Colindale transport in 2050 (it is not as if Barnet can be bothered to think ahead)

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Press conference on the adoption of the EU White paper on Transport 2050:

Today we present our Roadmap for the Future of Transport 2050. Freedom to travel is a basic right for our citizens, and it is critical to the development of a Europe's business sector. We need a competitive European Transport System, which delivers transport for people.

We have meet very challenging goals by the 2050s, [including]:
  • No more conventionally-fuelled cars in our city centres, by the middle of the century
  • A 50% shift in middle distance journeys, by both passengers and freight, from road to rail and other modes.


The speech WE would give: "£1.5-billion of Colindale development - and no transport infrastructure"

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Keynote speaker:

Director of Planning, Housing and Regeneration, Barnet

Chartered Town Planner and corporate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI).

Profile: a strategic development and regeneration expert in London involved in some of the largest development and regeneration schemes in the Capital for 20 years including the Olympics/Thames Gateway, Kings Cross, Wembley, London Bridge, Brent Cross Cricklewood.


Daily Telegraph: "A global energy war looms"

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"It should indeed be possible to accommodate the rise of China and other emerging markets without exhausting resources or destroying the planet. But it’s going to require massive collective will, of a type the US and others have been unwilling to contemplate up until now."

Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, is one of Britain's leading business and economics commentators.


Evening Standard: "We need architects who understand this city"

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"While modern architecture is often seen as the problem, you don't see people throwing street parties to celebrate the completion of the latest Prince Charles-inspired brick boxes, or the latest estate of executive suburban homes, either. A long time ago, the development industry lost the public's confidence. Think of St George Wharf in Vauxhall, one of London's ugliest buildings, or the overbearing blocks appearing now at Hale Village in Tottenham.

"It is not conservative taste that drives the public's scepticism, but the often negative transformation of the city into a place of monocultural housing blocks, with cheap supermarkets on the ground floors. These are not what London is made of."


Criticism of "LegoLand" Housing by Ministers

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"Previous housing ministers have railed against uniform design, largely driven by developers' lower costs. Ministers hope that the concept of neighbourhood plans, designed and voted on by communities themselves, might drive architects out of their complacency.

"Planning and Decentralisation minister, Greg Clark, joins Housing Minister Grant Shapps in condemning British household architecture, saying 'banal, identikit housing schemes have given development a bad name'."


The Guardian: "Air pollution in areas of heavy traffic shortens life expectancy"

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"The high concentration of many fine particles, largely due to emissions from diesel engines and heating systems, knocks almost two years off the average life expectancy of residents of Bucharest, and six months off the life of Parisians."


'Barnet Eye' pulls off "PROHIBITED" videoing of council meeting

Further details about this video are in this first 'Barnet Eye' post.

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On the right is a second Barnet Eye post, regarding the end of that council meeting: