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Mount Pleasant: Your views

You've been giving us your thoughts on the Mayor's approval of plans to redevelop the Royal Mail site at Mount Pleasant - where affordable rents could be set at up to £2,800 per month for a family home.

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Is he off his head !!! affordable to whom.Get real Boris.!!!

– Jan Black

Stupid prices , I don't even earn that amount in a month , all he is doing is pushing the normal working class people out of London !!!! Disgraceful

– Lesley-Anne Datta

I was born and bred in Islington, moved out 16 years ago couldn't afford to live there then!!

– Michelle Curland

In what world is £2800 a month affordable. If people could afford that, they could afford to buy somewhere!

– Carolyn Kellaris

I live in Islington, and THAT is not an 'affordable' rent! What part of 'affordable does that excuse for a mayor not understand?? To call that an affordable rent beggars belief!!

– Anne Fallon

Postal workers union hits out at Mount Pleasant development

London is in desperate need of truly affordable decent housing and Boris failed in his duty as Mayor today by approving this planning application.

Boris says he is committed to delivering affordable housing for Londoners, but he has no idea about what that actually means for people working in the capital.

It's an absolute travesty that postmen and women working just next door will be priced out of this luxury development at Mount Pleasant.

– Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union


'Affordable' rents in new development up to £2,800 per month

A leaked report on the redevelopment of the Royal Mail site at Mount Pleasant in Clerkenwell reveals that the Mayor plans to charge up to £2,800 per month for 'affordable' flats.

An artist's impression of the potential development on the Mount Pleasant site Credit: Royal Mail Group

Boris Johnson is expected to grant consent for the development today.

The new site would contain 98 'affordable' rent apartments - with the report suggesting tenants could be charged £1,170 per month for a one bedroom flat, up to £1,690 for a two bedroom and up to £2,800 per month for a four bedroom family home.

The Guardian estimates that a family living in one of the four bedroom flats would need an income of £100,000 to make it affordable.

It's making a complete mockery of the term 'affordable'.

Boris Johnson doesn't really understand social housing in London - or he doesn't care - either way, Londoners are missing out on a great opportunity here for more affordable housing in the middle of London.

– James Murray, Islington Council

Boris to make final decision on Royal Mail flats

Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant site in North London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson is today expected to approve controversial plans to redevelop land at Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant sorting office in North London.

The proposals include hundreds of flats but have been criticised for their low proportion of affordable homes.

The mayor chose to take the final decision away from Islington and Camden councils after a request by Royal Mail.


Man shot dead by armed police in Islington

A 40 year-old man has been shot dead by armed police at a home in Islington. The Met said that officers were called to the house in Shepperton Road last night after reports that a man had broken into a house. A police negotiator was also called to the scene.

Police said that the man was threatening a woman with a knife. Shots were fired by armed officers. The man was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.

I was woken up to shouts and immediately afterwards to what sounded like four or five bangs. They were gunshots. We saw the ambulance and police. There were eight police vehicles I could see from my window, and I saw five armed officers.

– Lyssa Barber, local resident

The Met said the incident had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission:

As in any shooting, officers from the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed and this incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

– Metropolitan Police statement
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Neighbours heard volley of gunshots 'like fireworks'

A volley of gunshots "like fireworks" were heard by neighbours as police shot dead a man who was threatening a woman with a knife in north London.

Police at the scene in Shepperton Road, Islington, London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Pictures taken by eyewitnesses showed a middle-aged woman in a pink blanket being comforted by a police officer as she was led away from the house in Shepperton Road in Islington.

I was woken up to shouts and immediately afterwards to what sounded like four or five bangs. They were gunshots.

I think I heard five gunshots, but a gunshot in real life doesn't sound like it does on TV. It sounded like loud bangs on a door. Bang, bang, bang. Then I realised, if it's somebody banging on the door, why can I hear it?

– Lyssa Barber, neighbour

I thought I heard fireworks, that's what it sounded like to me. It was around 1am. The shots didn't last long at all, but it wasn't a standard type of firework sound. It sounded different.

– Daniel Keane, neighbour

Police appeal for help to find missing 83 year-old man

George Michael was last seen on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police in Islington have asked the public to look out for 83 year-old George Michael who was last seen on Wednesday afternoon in the Angel area. They are concerned because he has severe dementia.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a black hat and a black jacket. Anyone with information should call 101 or the Missing People charity on 116000.

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