According to The Telegraph the capital is braced for any violence spilling over on the streets today during the marches planned by students through the city centre.

The University of London Union and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts will hold the National Student Demonstration this afternoon. The march will assemble on Malet Street at 12:00 to march to London Wall along the following route from 12:30:

Malet Street, Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road, Duncannon Street, Strand, Fleet Street, Fetter Lane, New Fetter Lane, Holborn Viaduct, Newgate Street, King Edward Street, London Wall.

Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to a fire yesterday evening in an office block on Victoria Street.

Ten per cent of a kitchen on the fifth floor of the nine storey building was damaged by fire. Around 30 people were evacuated safely. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The London Fire Brigade was called at 1813 and the fire was under control by 1850.

The Leonardo da Vinci Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition opens at The National Gallery today bringing together two paintings for the first time when the Virgin of the Rocks and St Anne are put on display.

The Planning Applications Committee of Hammersmith and Fulham Council meets tonight at 7p.m. at Hammersmith Town Hall.  You can see the whole agenda and all related papers here. One of the applications is from the council itself asking permission for the “erection of a free-standing architectural monopole integrating two LED advertising panels of 7.5m (H) x 5m (W) x 0.5m (D)” The proposed site is described as “a triangle of open space at the end of Bentworth Road, bounded by an elevated section of the Westway (A40) and a pedestrian alleyway to the south, with railway lines to the north and Bentworth Road to the west.” Some earlier objections to a previous application mean that this is now an amended application moved to avoid damage to some trees.

“An application was submitted earlier this year (ref: 2011/00058/ADV) for the erection of a similar advertisement in Bentworth Road Park, but this was withdrawn following concerns from Transport for London (TfL) that the positioning of the advertisements would compromise highway safety. The position of the advertisements in this current application has been amended, and the proposed location is approximately 30m further to the east.”

Reuters has just announced that the High Speed Rail plan was given backing by a key parliamentary committee last night, which of course is not the end of the line….the final decision on HSR is due to be made by The Government by the end of the year. The cost of the plan to link London with cities in the north is to cost an estimated £32bn.

Our photo today is of the park at Coram’s Fields….is that really a goat? We have heard about cutbacks but…..


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