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We cannot come out of the Covid-19 crisis only to tumble back into the climate crisis.

The below text is Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty’s speech in proposing an amendment to encourage the council to do more for cycling and walking as we come out of the crisis. I think one of the glaring omissions from the government recovery strategy is the necessary focus on achieving environmental outcomes as well as those […]

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A car-free North Laine could be the assistance our residents, traders and independent businesses need after Covid19

Shortly before the Covid19 outbreak, discussions within the council had already started on the potential for a ‘car-free’ city centre. Something that had been circulating around the North Laine for years. Views among residents do vary, some identifying worrying hotspots such as the junction between Trafalgar Street and Blackman Street, and the hazardous nature of […]

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Covid-19: continuing to push for answers

In his fortnightly column, Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors, writes on the questions green councillors are continuing to ask. A fortnight ago I wrote about the pandemic seeing the city’s biggest force for good – and communities have sprung into action across our city with an outstanding, heart-warming effort. […]

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Time to rethink local budget cuts on International Day of People with Disabilities

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities, a day on which we acknowledge and promote the voice, dignity, rights and well-being of the millions of disabled people worldwide, in particular the 16% of people in our city living with disabilities. The day highlights the need to increase the understanding and awareness of issues relating […]

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“Libraries help to combat the full spectrum of economic, social and environmental issues we currently face”

When I was growing up in London we would regularly visit the local public library and spend hours choosing and reading books. I loved the high-ceilinged Victorian building, the sense of purposeful calm and order, and the seemingly endless choice of reading material. Partly as a result of this I developed a lifelong love of […]

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