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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.


Mayor: 'We must invest in electric technology for the future'

Mayor Boris Johnson has responded to new figures which show that two-thirds of electric car recharging posts in the capital are not being used. He called on electric car manufacturers to reduce their prices, and said the technology was vital for reducing emissions.

Westminster City Council says that putting in electric charging points is the only way to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for the long term. It says:

· There are 42 on-street recharging bays within the City of Westminster. At the start of 2013, there were approximately 150 recharging stations in the public car parks in Westminster

· The first on-street recharging point was installed in 2006 as a trial with local users. Westminster has spent and budgeted approx £140,000 per year on electric vehicle recharging infrastructure to deliver recharging bays in line with local demand.

· Usage data shows that the established on-street recharging points (which cover a two year period) are used at least twice / three times a day and the average length of stay at the post is 4.5 hours.


Council committed to keeping streets safe

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council’s portfolio holder for community protection, who is meeting the Metropolitan Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe this afternoon when he visits a Westminster Council run anti-gang programme, said:

"Our thoughts are with the family of this teenager and we will offer whatever help we can.

“Westminster City Council is committed to keeping the streets safe – including tackling gang culture - and we will work over the coming days and weeks to reassure the community of that."

Westminster top earner from parking

Westminster Council topped the list making nearly £38 million on parking after expenditure last year. The figure is an annual increase of nearly 9%.

Second highest was Kensington and Chelsea which made £27.5 million - representing a 30% increase on the year before.

Camden was third, earning £25 million in profit from motorists - up 18% on the previous year.

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