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Christine Clifford replied to Mairead Warren de Burca's discussion parking spaces and key fob
"You can arrange a 2 hours parking space through the estate office for your removal van.  I can't help re a space for your car "
12 hours ago
Mairead Warren de Burca posted a discussion

parking spaces and key fob

Hi allJust wondering - is it possible to rent a parking space for a few days?  I am moving out next month and wanted to be able to park my car for boxes etc and also to allow the removal van in.Also does anyone know who I would contact for letting the removal van in if i cannot rent a parking space?thanksMaireadSee More
22 hours ago
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In person and online events 24/27 Nov - Helping someone regularly? at Via Zoom & Golden lane estate

November 24, 2022 at 10am to November 27, 2022 at 7:30pm
Many Golden lane residents help to look after a neighbour, spouse, family member or friend who needs your support. The person may have eg a short-term or long-term health condition, disability, frailty, substance misuse or a mental health condition. Did you know items such as picking up shopping, being a listening ear, picking up prescriptions, taking a person to appointments, helping with meals/ paperwork etc all come under the banner of being a "carer". In 2014 the government passed the Care Act, in which you have certain rights that local councils, businesses and our City Corporation needs to meet. Most residents think of a carer as a paid carer worker in a blue uniform. Without realising, the term carer is for those who are caregiving not paid to do so. CoL has a contract with City Connections (since 2019) to meet the needs of City residents/City workers who also have a caring responsibility. Here at City Carers Community, a resident group, we started in April 2020 to…See More
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Christine Clifford replied to TRB's discussion Diary Sheets
"Lovely. See you Friday"
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Golden Lane Estate

After fifty relatively sleepy years, Golden Lane Estate is now at the centre of major change. The most conspicuous is the recladding of Great Arthur House. This is due for completion in 2018. Read latest update here.

On a smaller scale, the new children’s playground designed by muf architects is nearing completion. Building works have finished and an artist is currently starting to paint the inner wall. See the architect's concept here and the latest newsletter from the Estate Office here.

Work is also progressing on the restoration of the Community Centre. This will be a home for the City of London Community Education Centre (COLCEC) and a range of community activities. There are ongoing discussions about whether the centre should also provide a home for the Estate Office.

Despite these much needed improvements, the fabric of the estate is now in very poor condition. Concrete in all of the buildings is in a bad state of repair. All of the blocks, apart from Great Arthur House need to be decorated and repaired and, most controversially, the windows need to be replaced.

At the moment there is no indication from the City as to the costs or the timescales for these repairs and improvements.

Surrounding Neighbourhood

In addition to change within the estate, the impact of neighbouring developments will be huge. Bernard Morgan House is due to be replaced with luxury flats and is currently subject to a major campaign and possible legal action to avoid it being turned into a ‘ghost town’. Demolition work is now complete. 

The site of the former Richard Cloudesley School is due to be developed as a primary school for c450 children for the City of London Academy and a scheme of 66 flats. This is also subject to a campaign for a smaller school and a more elegantly-designed apartment block which properly links to the estate. Islington Planning Committee meet 7.30 pm on March 1.

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Just opposite Hatfield House at 5 Sycamore Street planning permission has just been granted for a new office block. Read article in the AJ

In December 2015 the City of London published its Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy which recommends a range of improvements to the public realm adjacent to both the Barbican Estate and Fann Street. More recently the City announced the launch of its Culture Mile concept for a public realm and marketing campaign linking the new Museum of London on the Smithfield Market site with the Barbican Arts Centre.

And possibly the most significant change of all is the imminent opening of the Elizabeth Line formerly known as Crossrail which will make Farringdon one of the busiest stations on the underground. The effect of this on Golden Lane is yet to be experienced.

Golden Lane residents will be significantly affected by all of these changes and yet the level of our involvement in any decision making on this has been unimpressive.

Useful Info - Planning Policies

The Finsbury Local Plan (Area Action Plan for Bunhill and Clerkenwell)

City of London Local Plan 2015

Golden Lane Estate Listed Building Management Guidelines Supplementary Planning Document 2013

St Lukes Conservation Area Design Guidelines

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