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'An island in the city connected to everywhere...'

Golden Lane Estate was recently shortlisted for a 2018 Urbanism Award in the Great Neighbourhood Category. On the night we didn't snag the ultimate glory but did come away with our very own poem composed by Ian McMillan, poet in residence at the Academy of Urbanism  and Radio 3 presenter of The Verb.

Golden Lane Estate

All you need, anywhere, are streets paved with gold:
The gold of community, the gold of mutual benefit,
The gold of allotments in the early evening sun
That reflects on the windows of places built for living....

Read the rest of the poem here and click on the image to watch McMillan deliver his tribute to all three finalists, Golden Lane Estate, Byker (Newcastle) and Smithfields (Dublin).

With the neighbourhood feeling more than a little under threat these days, GLERA (the Golden Lane Estate Resident's Association) is doing what it can to fight our corner and to that end could really do with your feedback.
Please take a moment to fill in the online survey or, if you prefer, the paper copy which will be distributed door to door later in the week. The results will be published in December and will help GLERA get to grips with what residents care about most and hence where best  to focus its attention and energies. If you have any questions please email

Also come along to the general meeting on 28 November in the Sir Ralph Perring Centre, 7-8.30pm. Items on the agenda include maintenance and repairs; capital projects; local developments and the community centre.
Finally, an urgent reminder  - if you haven't done so already, lodge your comments about the proposed development currently in planning for the Richard Cloudesley School site with both Islington and City of London. Deadline is this Thursday 16 November. You can find more information and planning portal links here

A number of GLE residents have come up with alternative proposals which show how the site can be developed more sympathetically, imaginatively and potentially deliver even more social housing, (which we all agree is desperately needed), with the appropriate amount of green space for both our new neighbours and our estate. 
Click on the image to watch the video by resident and architect, Charles Humphries, which clearly outlines the issues with current plans and offers two thoughtful and positive alternatives. Also read the article on the GLE website which outlines how other communities have managed to force developers to reconsider their plans. It has links to the alternative plans which can also be found on facebook.
Together, as a neighbourhood, we can make a difference.
GLERA is a "Recognised Tenants' Association" under relevant legislation. GLERA represents all kinds of residents on Golden Lane Estate including City tenants, leaseholder tenants and sub-let tenants of leaseholders. 
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