London Emergency Services Network

The London Assembly’s Oversight Committee took evidence from a number of representatives from the emergency services on the transition from the Airwave communication system to the use of the Emergency Services Network (ESN). The Committee heard that Airwave had been a success on its own terms, but that the system had reached the end of its life.

ESN would, the Committee heard, provide both voice and data functionalities, offer better coverage, allow greater interoperable working between the emergency services, and be cheaper than the existing system.

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Affordable Homes

The Mayor has announced a £1.7bn deal between City Hall and local authorities and housing associations to start building 50,000 affordable homes over the next four years. The money has been allocated to bidders from the £3.15bn affordable homes fund secured by the Mayor from the Government in November last year. New homes are due to be built in all 32 boroughs and the City of London. The City Corporation has been allocated £14,640,000 to provide 244 affordable homes.

Guildhall School Summer Events

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 12.14.23 AMHighlights of the summer 2017 events include the Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group Residency with a concert of traditional Chinese music on 22 May and the UK premiere of The Wager, an original contemporary Chinese opera by Wen Dequin on 26 & 27 May. This year’s summer musical is Crazy For You with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, based on the book by Ken Ludwig, from 4 July. Guildhall musicians will perform in the UK premiere of a new children’s opera with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra on 9 July: Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon.