Painting by Gary Power

Unveiling of the plaque of George Orwell






Canonbury heritage under siege by stone thieves
More than 40 large slabs of precious Yorkstone have been stolen from squares and pavements in a spate of overnight thefts in Canonbury. The Canonbury Society alerted the Islington Tribune to the thefts warning that our conservation area is “crumbling” after Canonbury Square, Willow Bridge Road and other spots -- were targeted recently. The Canonbury Society is negotiating with Islington Council to take action starting with locking Canonbury Square at night to stop the thieves.
Residents are urged to call the Police if they see anything suspicious. The full story is here

We are sorry to hear of the death of Diane Brace in early December.
Read the tribute to her in The Islington Tribune ISLINGTON LOCAL PLAN
You can also read the Guardian's obituary -

Islington Council has recently undertaken a consultation on its Local Plan Review. The Local Plan is the basis for all of Islington’s planning policies and decisions and usually covers a five year period.
The Canonbury Society, along with other amenity groups were invited to a presentation on the review on 9th February 2017. We subsequently discussed the Scope of the Review document along with its proposals therein and this formed the basis for our comments. 
The scoping report is an important document setting out the background and identifying issues and is well worth reading. To find out more use this link.
As part of the updating exercise, the council will now consider the feedback and will issue a draft Local Plan for public consultation in July 2017. Following the consultation, the council will submit in January 2018 an amended draft Local Plan and supporting documents for independent examination which takes place in May 2018. The Inspector’s report is received in October/November 2018 and it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted by the full council within a couple of months from then.
The society will be commenting on the draft Local Plan but we do urge Canonbury residents to also take part in the public consultation later this year”.

The Islington Council and The Canonbury Society unveiled a new Heritage Plaque to commemorate writer George Orwell (1903-1950) who lived at 27b Canonbury Square from 1944-47 where he began writing his last novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The unveiling was followed by a reception in the garden of Canonbury Tavern. The Tavern had kindly sponsored the refreshments.

Read what the Islington Gazette had to say

Also the Islington Tribune

and the Islington Media

Highbury Corner Proposals
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You can download the most recent here. You might like to see the register of Listed Buildings for Canonbury and also the register of Local Listed Buildings. This register is mentioned in the newsletter.

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Highbury Corner Proposals

The Canonbury Society Committee have considered these proposals in detail and we set out our rationale for our objection.

Click here to see a map of the proposals
Click here to see the Canonbury Society's objections

The Society thanks Petra Laidlaw for her photos of the birds on the New River.

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