Newslinks & Weekend Round-Up | 18th June 2007

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Thousands more drivers face £200 bills to park outside their own homes "Thousands of motorists with large cars will soon have to pay hundreds of pounds to park outside their house.

"Councils across London are pressing ahead with a sliding scale of charges for residential parking permits that penalises owners of fuel-hungry vehicles." [from the Daily Mail]

11,000 Tube workers in strike ballot

"A strike ballot is to be held among London Underground workers in a dispute over pensions.

"The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said 11,000 of its members would vote over the next few weeks on whether to stage industrial action." [from]

London is world's second most expensive city

"The cost of living in London has increased so much over the last year that the capital has become the second most expensive city in the world, according to a report out today.

"Soaring property prices combined with the most expensive transport system in the world has put London above Tokyo, Geneva, Paris and New York. The only city to beat London is Moscow, which tops the poll for the second year running." [from the Daily Telegraph]

And finally... a thoughtful piece by Tristram Hunt in the Guardian about the development of the Thames Gateway:

"Planners are simply throwing up singleton flats for London commuters. Green spaces, family houses, civic buildings, churches and pubs are all thin on the ground. What have been built are some high-speed train services into London, only increasing fears about the Gateway becoming a dormitory area. More localised bus services and other forms of public transport appear much scarcer. The MP Derek Wyatt last week complained that 10,500 houses are being built in his Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency, but no hospitals or schools."