London airport warns over City tower impact on air traffic control

Reports that technical experts at London City Airport have warned that a proposed new tower in the city's Square Mile could confuse air traffic control systems feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that gondolas designed to move up and down the proposed Tulip tower "are at risk of confusing air traffic control systems". The paper says that the airport operators warned that National Air Traffic Control must be consulted over the potential impact on radar systems, noting that "the gondolas will be moving and therefore may have a slightly different effect than a static element of the building".

An article in the Times (subscription) reports that a joint venture between Alphabet, the owner of Google, and a charity set up by the Canadian government is behind an "ambitious experiment" to turn part of Toronto’s downtown into "an urban utopia". The paper says that, under the proposals, "rubbish will be removed through networks of underground tunnels direct from people’s homes and sorted electronically for recycling". It continues: "Traffic jams will become a thing of the past as congestion is monitored and controlled. Pedestrians will no longer need umbrellas because buildings will be fitted with canopies that extend over pavements once it starts to rain. It could even manage air quality." But the paper adds that "some fear it will become the ultimate surveillance state".

The Times reports that the UK’s first carbon capture project "could be operating by the middle of the next decade". The paper says that a "government commitment to invest in the technology is being unveiled at a meeting of international business and political leaders in Edinburgh today". The Financial Times (subscription) says that a pilot project would see carbon dioxide injected into old North Sea oil wells and gasfields.

An article in the Guardian looks at the rise of the use of "meanwhile spaces" to bring empty properties back into use. The paper says that "in space-squeezed London, urban sites can remain empty for years, mainly because they have no obvious commercial potential or are waiting for permission to be developed".

The Times reports that "landlords have been banned from letting out three flats in central Edinburgh on Airbnb after neighbours complained about noise". The paper says that "council inspectors found that the flats in Bread Street were being rented out for more than 200 nights a year to paying customers".


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