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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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The Orchard Project is bringing orchards into the heart of urban communities. ....

The Orchard Project (Cause) Ltd.
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Unit 10 High Cross Centre
1 Fountayne Road
N15 4BE

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Maybe we could create an orchard in boxes like our allotment 

My thinking too.....but we probably need the backing of the Residents' Association and the Corporation.  Who is on the committees that can pass a motion.  I can then chase The Orchard Project (Cause) Ltd. to find out what practical support they might offer.

However our landscapes are Listed and no-one seems to know where exoisting underground services are waiting to be crushed or concrete structure about to collapse (if overloaded).

Talk to Sue Pearson our councillor

The Orchard Project (Cause) Ltd have come back to me with:

"Hi again Iain, if you'd like support with planting an orchard in this area, we may be able to help! We have planted on council estates before with an engaged group of residents then caring for the trees. If it's in London, could you email your needs / idea to"

..and I have chased them up but no reply as yet.

Lack of water is a major issue.we needs taps in more locations. Needs funds and lobbying the City 

Well done Iain/Christine
Orchards would be particularly welcome in the (unfortunately listed) Soviet-style concrete plaza next to The Shakespeare pub. Who wouldn't prefer looking down on a little green space to all that miserable grey concrete?!


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