Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Broken Barnet: "Our Friends in the North: our NHS, and our history - forced to repeat itself"

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana

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"1936 was a terrible year, for my mother's family. I've told this story before, but it bears telling again, I think.

"In the late spring, in a space of less than a fortnight, two of the six children lost their lives as a result of contracting diptheria, in an epidemic that raged in the foetid slum housing of the mining town where they lived.

"My mother's four-year-old brother succumbed first, alone, in a bed in the isolation ward of the local fever hospital, his father looking on, punching the glass wall in despair, forbidden to hold him as he died.

"His-six year-old daughter died a few days later, shortly after making her first holy communion - a source of some comfort perhaps, if there was any, to my devoutly Catholic grandmother."

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Barnet Times: "Proposals for a new depot in Pinkham Way would have 'minimal impact' on people nearby"

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"Plans for a new depot at Pinkham Way would have 'minimal impact' on people living nearby, it has been claimed.

Barnet Borough Council is considering plans for a vehicle depot and waste transfer facility on the Pinkham Way site, in Haringey, by 2016.

"A Barnet Council spokesperson said:
"The former Friern Barnet Sewage Works at Pinkham Way is the council's longstanding preferred option for a new depot."