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Silver Sunday

Joanna Lumley. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

Westminster City Council are celebrating the older generation today by putting on a range of events for the maturer audience. Silver Sunday will be full of fun, fitness and friendship.

It was first held in 2012 and was developed in response to the serious levels of loneliness that some elderly people felt.

Joanna Lumley is firmly behind this campaign and says,

"We are not going to overcome loneliness in one day but it does provide us with an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue."

Activities that are scheduled to take place include a West End sing-a-long, an inter-generational cricket match and much more.

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London councils spending millions on emergency housing

More than half a billion pounds has been spent by London local authorities on emergency housing since the last general election.

Councils have had to place people in hotels and B&Bs, after they presented themselves as homeless.

  • Haringey Council had the biggest bill of £197 million,
  • Westminster spent £111 million
  • Enfield spent £59 million
  • Kensington and Chelsea spent £53 million
  • Newham spent £35 million
  • and Islington spent £33 million

The total spend in London amounts to £630 million since 2010.

The Labour party has criticised the revelation saying the number of families with children living in such accommodation was at a 10-year high.

Housing charity Shelter also condemned the figures, saying cuts to the housing safety net were a false economy.

Bins that text 'help reduce greenhouse emissions'

Westminster City Council says the new bins will help cut fuel costs and greenhouse emissions as the number of collections is reduced.

This is an innovative pilot that has the potential to make real savings, both in costs and emissions. And by targeting collections we can prioritise bins to prevent any potential overflowing.

Solar powered litter bins text refuse collectors when full

Solar powered bins, that automatically text refuse collectors when they're 80% full, are being used on the streets of central London.

The council is investing an extra £300,000 in street cleaning Credit: Westminster City Council

Westminster City Council is installing 4 new bins at Trevor Place, Berkeley Square, Belgrave Square, Ennismore Gardens. They also have eight times the capacity of a normal bin because the bins automatically compact the rubbish.

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'One-off exception' as council acts over confusing signs

Dual use bays are all about maximising the space at the kerbside in the city to enable fair and easy parking for everyone.

Demand for space in the city is great and Westminster seeks to maintain a balance between the needs of residents, businesses and visitors to the city in all our decisions regarding parking.

However, we accept that the parking signs in these streets could have given rise to confusion among motorists and so we are making a one-off exception - it is the right thing to do. We have now also replaced signs as a result.

– Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council

Council to refund 5,000 tickets costing £278,000

Westminster City Council is set to refund over 5,000 parking tickets valued at £278,000. The council says the signs at three locations in central London were confusing.

Motorists affected will be automatically contatced by the council Credit: Press Association

The signs told motorists that parking charges were in force between 8:30am and 6:30pm. They implied that motorists could park for free from 6:30pm until 8:30am. However, during these times the bays were dedicated to taxis only.

They were used along Oxendon Street, Jermyn Street and Conduit Street.

Eco-friendly, outdoor, free gym in Millbank Gardens

It's great to see equipment that's free and accessible to everyone, whilst enjoying the park.

It ensures that Westminster City Council residents have the opportunity to fulfil the recommended guidelines for physical activity and maintain mental health.

Plus it's eco-friendly, offering a chance for social interaction.

– Cllr Tombolis, Westminster City Council

Outdoor gym set up to help to encourage excercise

An outdoor gym has sprung up near the Houses of Parliament to encourage more people to take up exercise.

Cllr Christabel Flight, John Tweddle, Westminster City Council's Green Spaces Manager, Cllr Sheila D’Souza and Cllr Frixos Tombolis. Credit: Westminster City Council

The project in Millbank Gardens is the start of a keep fit campaign by Westminster City Council. The equipment will appear in several other parks in the Spring.

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