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Financial Times: "Hammerson likely to be axed from FTSE 100"

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"Hammerson owns shopping centres in the UK, Ireland, and France, including the Brent Cross shopping centre in London.

"Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said:
"In the mind of [those bearish on the shares], this leaves the company exposed on two fronts.

First, trading conditions in the UK for bricks-and-mortar retailers remains tough, as wage growth remains sluggish, the UK savings ratio is low, and doubts persist about how the British economy will fare after Brexit.

Second, competition from online rivals remains as fierce as ever, and many retailers are finding themselves with too much floor space, prompting fears over weak rent reviews and rising vacancies."


Barnet Times: "Twitter spat breaks out over driving short distances between political parties"

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"A row broke out between political parties on Twitter over driving short distances.

"Anne Clarke, the Childs Hill ward Labour candidate for the Barnet Council elections in May, tweeted a poll asking whether it is considered 'socially acceptable' for people in London to drive short distances, unless for medical need.

"This was met with outrage from various Conservative councillors, including the council's deputy leader, Cllr Dan Thomas, Cllr Rohit Grover and Cllr Gabriel Rozenberg, who felt she was condemning local residents for their travel habits."


Evening Standard: "Barnet residents suffer 'heartbreaking' defeat in nine-year battle against rail super-hub"

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"A nine-year campaign by residents against a planned London rail 'super-hub' has suffered a huge blow after councillors backed it by a single vote.

"Barnet council's planning committee voted six to five to approve the scheme for a freight transfer site for aggregate and building materials at Edgware Road, Cricklewood."

Barnet Times: "Cricklewood campaigners express anger over new rail freight 'superhub'"

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"Campaigners have expressed their fury over the decision to build a rail freight facility near a residential area.

"Barnet Council's planning committee approved the building of a new rail freight facility, which has been dubbed an 'aggregate superhub' was approved with six votes in favour and five votes against on Thursday.

"The rail freight facility, to be built on existing railway land in Cricklewood, is part of the £4.5billion Brent Cross/Cricklewood regeneration project."


Barnet Eye: "Barnet Tories approve Cricklewood aggregates superhub"

"Last Thursday night, the Barnet Conservatives forced through the planning permission for the Cricklewood aggregates superhub. This was a story first broken by The Barnet Eye. We noticed some 'unusual' building building works on the railway land to the west of the Midland Mainline. A quick review of Barnet Council's website revealed that a rather sketchy planning application for an aggregates hub. This revealed that there would be a huge number of lorry movements. 

When we posted the story, the local community were unaware. Within days, there were hundreds of objections. Eventually this was withdrawn and a new scheme submitted, which has attracted over 800 objections.

What disgusted me was that the work had begun without planning permission. Whilst there appears to be one rule for ordinary residents, there clearly is another for large companies such as DB rail.

With regards to the actual proposal, I have very mixed feelings. I had a very interesting conversation with the leader of Barnet Council about this subject several months back. Richard stated that 'whether the aggregates come in by road or rail, they will come in anyway. Bringing them to Cricklewood by rail will mean less lorries and less pollution.. He is of course correct in his statement, but it is a far more complex issue."  [LINK]

Brent & Kilburn Times: "Campaigners lose bid to block controversial rail ‘super-hub’ on Brent boundary"

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"A Brent councillor has criticised approval for the controversial Cricklewood rail super-hub next door to the borough.

"Barnet Council have given the go-ahead for the Cricklewood rail 'super-hub' despite campaigners urging the council not to proceed because of the effect on other areas.

"The site lies on the boundary between Brent, Camden and Barnet.

"The vote narrowly passed at the planning meeting, with all Conservative councillors, who have a majority on the committee, backing the plans."


Inside Croydon: "South Norwood pensioner wins Shard legal battle with Qataris"

"PERRY MASSON, our court reporter, on an extraordinary turn of events at the Royal Courts of Justice today"

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"Ian Bone, the South Norwood pensioner threatened with a High Court injunction by lawyers acting on behalf of the uber-rich Qatari royal family, today emerged from the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand claiming victory for the common man, freedom of speech and common sense.

"Bone stood to pay the Qataris' legal costs and ultimately risked even losing his home in a dispute over whether he has the right to protest at The Shard."

Brent & Kilburn Times: "Brent MP backs councillors call for Cricklewood rail 'super hub' decision postponement"

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"Brent Central MP, Dawn Butler, is rallying behind a group of Brent councillors ahead of a pivotal meeting tonight on Cricklewood's freight 'super hub'.

"The plans are set to go to a Barnet Council planning meeting, for them to approve the aggregate transfer station on the Edgware Road site.

"While sitting within the borough of Barnet, the proposed site for the 'super hub' sits near its border with Brent."


Barnet Times: "Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration subject of public meeting"

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"Emotions ran high as project managers were put through their paces while discussing a new waste transfer station.

"A public meeting was held to give residents the chance to share their views on a new waste transfer station to be built in Cricklewood, by Edgware Road.

"... Capita was without answers for residents' concerns, and didn't even have a slide for the aggregate superhub at the meeting.

"The 'superhub' was also a hot topic, referring to a rail freight station which is also expected to be built."