Plans to part-pedestrianise Oxford Street have been given initial approval.Traffic would be re-routed to enable two new "public piazzas" on either side of the junction with Regent Street.Westminster Council cabinet approved the plans, setting aside £150m of funds from its capital budget to kick-start improvements.The Mayor of London said the proposals "nowhere near match the ambition" of previous plans.A spokesman for the Mayor said: "Small cosmetic changes would mean Oxford Street will continue to be polluted, congested and dangerous."In June 2018, Westminster Council pulled out of joint plans with the Mayor of London to pedestrianise large sections of Oxford Street. Oxford Street and pipe dream policies London's Oxford Street bus routes cut by 40% Will London's Oxford Street ever be pedestrianised? Under the plans, roads around the shopping district would be narrowed, allowing "fewer and slower" buses in the busiest pedestrian areas.Busy sections of Oxford Street in front of … [Read more...] about Oxford Street ‘piazza’ plans approved by council cabinet
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Large parts of London's Oxford Street could be pedestrianised by December after proposals were backed in a consultation.About half a mile of the street would become a "traffic-free pedestrian boulevard" under the plans.The project is due to tie in with the opening of the new Elizabeth Tube line.Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, said the plans would create "one of the finest public spaces and shopping streets in the world".A final decision is due to be made in the coming months by Transport for London (TfL) and Westminster City Council.Councillor Daniel Astaire, of Westminster Council, said: "We now need to take our time to look in detail at every issue raised before we take any final decision to make sure we get it right."Around a million people were directly contacted for the public consultation between 6 November 2017 and 3 January 2018, asking if they supported the proposals.Transport for London and Westminster City Council received 14,377 responses, with just over 9,000 - … [Read more...] about ‘Traffic-free’ Oxford Street consultation backed by public
Large parts of London's Oxford Street could be pedestrianised by December 2018, under plans put forward by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.About half a mile of the street from Oxford Circus to Orchard Street could become a "traffic-free pedestrian boulevard", the mayor said.He said he hoped it would coincide with the arrival of the Elizabeth Line in central London in December next year.More than four million people visit Oxford Street each week. All east-west traffic will be stopped but some north-south routes will be maintained, according to the plans.Older cars may have to pay extra London 'air pollution charge'London's Oxford Street bus routes cut by 40%Oxford Street to be pedestrianised by 2020Other proposals include: Raising the roads to pavement level to improve accessibility An 800m-long work of public art could be commissioned New and extended taxi ranks would be created close to Oxford Street Taxis would also still be able to cross Oxford Street at Duke Street, Stratford Place, Vere … [Read more...] about London’s Oxford Street could be traffic-free by December 2018, says mayor
For would-be homebuyers, Lovedon Fields seemed to tick all the boxes. Located on the edge of the historic Hampshire village of Kings Worthy, the development of 50 houses was to combine cutting-edge architectural design with the latest in eco-friendly building techniques. And, the developers claimed, this wouldn't just be a bog standard, new-build estate but a vibrant community set in landscaped grounds. Homeowners were promised a running track, allotments and an orchard criss-crossed with footpaths. There would even be electric cars for the residents to share. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud launched his own property venture in 2007 with his eco-homes business Happiness Architecture Beauty (HAB). But the company's Lovedon Fields development has been beset by problems To cap it all the project came with the ringing endorsement of Kevin McCloud, the face of Grand Designs, the Channel 4 show that for 20 years had charted the highs and lows of building your home. Not content … [Read more...] about Grand Designs guru who reduced investors’ dreams to RUBBLE: On TV, Kevin McCloud guides families’ home-build ambitions. So how did his own venture have such shaky foundations?
By & by Vannessa Jackson | Tue., 12 Nov. 2019 9:02 AM Share Tweet Email Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water It's time to bid farewell to Fiji! The 2019 Golden Globes garnered a lot of buzz last year, but it wasn't necessarily because of the celebs or the flashy awards. It was all thanks to Kelleth Cuthbert, or as you probably know her, "Fiji Water Girl." Unfortunately, this year Kelleth and her stealth photobombing skills will not be present at the 2020 Golden Globes. Icelandic Glacial has announced it will serve as the official water of the 77th Golden Globe ceremony Jan. 5. This new partnership may be due in part to the lawsuit filed by Kelleth against Fiji for unauthorized use of her likeness and a countersuit from Fiji claiming she was trying to extort almost half a million dollars from the company. Multiple sources told The Hollywood Reporter the lawsuit was a direct reason for the new partnership with Icelandic … [Read more...] about Why You Won’t See the Fiji Water Girl at the 2020 Golden Globes