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While the effect of coronavirus continues to hit London hard, one of the few benefits of lockdown was a cleaner, greener city, with less traffic, cleaner air and more walking and cycling, writes Cllr Jon Burke, Hackney Council cabinet member for energy, waste, transport and public realm.

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It’s only a small one. But it is a car and it feels like drivers are hated. I say that because recently I parked the Steve-mobile on Downs Road. I wasn’t there long. At £11.40 for four hours I can’t park there often without my bank texting me.

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The government looks determined to accelerate the privatisation gravy train with the barely scrutinised award of Covid-related contracts for testing, tracing and PPE.

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Good luck to any children who have gone back to school.

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A recent article in the Hackney Gazette carries this quote: “Public Health England reports prevalence of coronavirus has decreased since schools and colleges restricted their opening to most pupils in March,” writes Pat Turnbull, Handley Road, Hackney.

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When Black Lives Matter activists in Bristol took direct action and removed a statue of the Bristol slaver Edward Colston many denounced such behaviour as a ‘diversion’ from the campaign to eradicate racism from society, writes Sasha Simic, Stoke Newington, full address supplied.

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This week we’ve taken the unusual step of running stories with a common theme on the front pages of all our north London titles.

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We are all being asked to get back to work.

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The loss of free public transport travel for school children was matched by the loss of Freedom Pass access for us oldsters before 9.30am, write Mary Pimm and Nik Wood, Gore Road, Hackney.

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First the bad news: on July 29, Homerton Hospital’s board of directors rubber-stamped another five-year contract with Danish-based company giant ISS, valued at £50 million.

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