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Covid-19 is an extinction-level threat to high streets already battered by changing shopping habits, the explosion of chains creating unappealing identikit parades, and intense competition from online shopping.

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As we grapple with what the ‘new normal’ looks like after four long months of challenge and sacrifice, this week saw a milestone that I don’t blame you for barely noticing.

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After seven years of fighting the monstrous and unwelcome development planned to overshadow Swiss Cottage Green Space, local residents are relieved that developers Essential Living have announced they will be “closing” all work on the 100 Avenue Road site, including removal of the large crane forthwith.

“Without our Grassroots Music Venues, there would be no Beatles. No Stones, no Led Zeppelin, no Duran Duran, no Sade, no Oasis, no Skunk Anansie, no Adele, no Ed Sheeran, no Dua Lipa.”

London’s water supply continues to be a major concern for us all to consider seriously and urgently: 22 per cent of our water comes from the Colne Valley aquifer, and HS2 is being allowed to contaminate it with pile driving.

I have never felt more like I am living through a defining moment. Everywhere we are asked to pick a side, and division is being stoked by many of our country’s leaders, when they should be leading the way to a finer and kinder understanding of our common humanity.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

High streets across the country were already facing challenging times, through increasing government business rates, rent increases and changing shopping habits, but the local shop has been a vital life line during this crisis.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

The hashtag #NoGoingBack has been trending on social media for a few days now in relation to the ongoing crisis.

Coronavirus has changed almost everything and that includes the role of a councillor.

A short time ago, this was to be my last London Assembly member Ham&High article.

As lockdown continues, we all need space to keep physically distant while out on essential tasks like shopping, and to get the exercise we need to keep fit and healthy.

“Get Brexit done”, “get Brexit done”, “get Brexit done”.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

I want to start off with a thank you. Thank you to every single reader who is staying at home for as long as they are able to.

Fear of the stranger: The effects of self isolation will no doubt be studied by behavioural psychologists for years to come, but already we experience a disquiet, an eeriness, an oddness in the air.

Shortly before the world turned upside down, I was lucky enough to be at BBC 6 Music event in Camden, where Tony Visconti, the great producer behind David Bowie’s Berlin-period albums, and The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel were interviewed by Liz Kershaw.

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