James Diamond's Blog (38)

Environmental impact of our gadgets

There is a buzz of conversation, laughter, a whoop of excitement as a dead vacuum roars back into life.  People are having fun.  So that's why they call it a Restart Party!   

Can you have fun and help save the planet?  Turns out you can.  Hackney Fixers has been running repair parties for electrical…

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Added by James Diamond on April 6, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Hackney Fixers - Fixing Fridays

Do you feel frustrated by electronic and electrical appliances that stop working?  Want to learn to make them last longer?  Join Hackney Fixers for Fixing Fridays, where we show you how to repair and take back control!

These free…

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Added by James Diamond on September 3, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton were given development consent last week

Plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton got development consent from the government last week.  The current incinerator will reach the end of it's useful life in 2025 and it's replacement is now apparently planned with even more capacity to take waste from other parts of London.  

Paying for the capital costs of the new plant will put waste disposal costs in…

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Added by James Diamond on February 27, 2017 at 18:38 — No Comments

London super-sewer is waste of £4bn, says the assessor who recommended it

Seven-year project to stop wastewater flowing into Thames is unnecessary and ministers should have considered alternatives, says Chris Binney. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/14/london-super-sewer-is-waste-of-4bn-says-assessor…

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Added by James Diamond on December 12, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

You wait 183 years for a new wetland and then two come along together!

This weekend saw the opening of the first publicly accessible wetland in Hackney at Woodberry Wetlands, and it was tremendously popular when I went along on Sunday.  Closed to the public since it was built to store water brought along the New River from Hertfordshire it was officially opened by Sir Richard Attenborough on 30th April.…

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Added by James Diamond on May 5, 2016 at 11:32 — No Comments

TfL awards Overground contract to Arriva

Arriva will take over as the operator of the London Overground services from November 2016 including all the Overground services through Hackney.  The franchise will operate for 7 1/2 years with a possible additional two years.

The…

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Added by James Diamond on May 2, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Extra recycling points for waste electricals

Electrical recycling

The Hackney recycling service has installed extra temporary recycling points for small electrical items from 11-22nd April at: 

  • Dalston C.L.R. James Library
  • Clapton Library
  • Hackney Central Library
  • Homerton Library
  • Shoreditch Library
  • Stamford Hill Library
  • Stoke Newington Library
  • St Dominic’s Primary School, Balance Road, E9 5SR
  • Gayhurst Primary School, 92 Well Street, E9…
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Added by James Diamond on April 12, 2016 at 13:13 — No Comments

Six stations in Hackney became part of the London Overground on 1st June

Six stations in Hackney became part of the London Overground on 1st June and now appear on the tube map, as reported in East London Lines

Some pay-as-you go fares are expected to drop as a result, and TfL is promising investment in…

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Added by James Diamond on June 2, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Sustainable Hackney invests in Hackney's first solar Co-op

Banister House Solar offers an exciting new opportunity for individuals and organisations to support the generation of solar power in Hackney and to contribute to wider action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  The project has been 18 months in the planning and it has been a huge achievement to get to this stage. 

So far it has raised almost £40,000 towards the target of £142,000 which will make the project actually happen.  

A…

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Added by James Diamond on April 30, 2015 at 10:48 — 1 Comment

New consultation on Crossrail 2 - Dalston or Hackney Central, not both??

Transport for London is consulting again on Crossrail 2.  They now want to know if we'd prefer to have a Crossrail 2 station at Dalston or Hackney Central.  Apparently it will be cheaper than having stations at both.  The Homerton option has completely gone from the agenda.  Closes 25th July 2014.…

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Added by James Diamond on June 10, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Restart Hackney at Abney - April 2014

For our third Restart Party we joined the fun at Abney Park's well-attended spring fun day on April 12th.  On offer was wood carving, stone carving, music, and stalls from Abney Park Trust, RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Hackney Energy as well as music and dancing.  I was lucky enough to win an RSPB apron  in the raffle!

Abney Park Trust kindly turned the lovely eco classroom over to us, and we enjoyed being surrounded  by wildlife pictures, carved wood, and insect models as we…

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Added by James Diamond on April 29, 2014 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Restart Hackney at the Redmond Centre

We held our second Restart Hackney party at the Redmond Centre on the 1st February 2014.  It was a beautiful day and queues were forming as we prepared to start.  We had the Daily Telegraph and BBC London on hand to report on the event and lots of interest after the Restart Project had been on the BBC earlier that…

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Added by James Diamond on February 17, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Hackney to gain 6 Overground stations next year

The West Anglia lines are to become part of the Overground network report the Evening Standard and …

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Added by James Diamond on February 4, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Restart party, what a buzz!

Our first Restart party at Passing Clouds with Friends of the Earth went well, so many people we were struggling to keep up with demand.  It was great the way people pitched in to help repair each other's stuff!  Thanks to…

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Added by James Diamond on November 16, 2013 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

North London Waste Authority abandons waste procurement plans

The North London Waste Authority is abandoning the procurement process for waste contracts estimated to be worth more than £3bn over 25 to 30 years. and is looking at cheaper options instead.

The process came under fire after the withdrawal of Veolia left FCC Environmental and its partner Skanksa as the sole bidder for one contract to collect…

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Added by James Diamond on November 2, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Have your say on Crossrail 2

TfL is consulting on two options for Crossrail 2, and the consultation closes on 2nd August. 

While I agree Hackney needs a tube line it seems these proposals are more concerned with future central area tube congestion than the transport needs of Hackney; the Metro option will have only one station in…

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Added by James Diamond on July 26, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Hackney's Client Earth wins court victory on air pollution

In a case brought by the Hackney-based lawyer activist group Client Earth, the Supreme Court has found that the government is failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution and leaving…

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Added by James Diamond on May 20, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Chelsea-Hackney line aka Crossrail 2

Proposals for the Chelsea-Hackney tube line, first mooted in the 1930's are back on the table once again.  A working group from business consortium London First, chaired by former transport secretary Lord Adonis, has published a report urging support for Crossrail 2 and favouring route option B below.  If the proposals win political and financial support it will be at least 2033 before the…

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Added by James Diamond on February 27, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Council motion on 20mph speed limit

Hackney Cyclists have circulated details of a motion on 20mph speed limits which will be debated at the Council meeting on the 21st November. The motion was…

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Added by James Diamond on November 14, 2012 at 11:00 — 5 Comments

Eco renovation of an older house

During Open House weekend I visited 74 Amhurst Road, which the owner has extensively renovated with the environment in mind.  Wall insulation, loft insulation, solar PV, efficient lighting, double-glazing, boiler heat recovery, water harvesting, and use of recycled materials are among the…

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Added by James Diamond on October 4, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

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