Planning consultant calls for protest over lack of female representation at industry events

A report that a planning consultant has called on women to 'turn up to industry events en masse in protest' at the lack or female representation at such gatherings features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription) reports that a "Leeds-based planning director frustrated with the male dominance of property networking events has called on women to turn up to industry events en masse in protest". The paper says that "Marianne McCallum, a director at WYG, the UK-listed property and infrastructure development consultancy, put the message out on Twitter and LinkedIn after attending a panel discussion last week at which she said men outnumbered women by 40 to one and one female speaker appeared to have been ‘squeezed in’ to fit a quota".

The Guardian reports that strong winds last week helped the UK "set a renewable energy record". The paper says that "windfarms supplied about a third of the UK’s electricity between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, a time of peak energy demand. Output hit a high of 14.9GW, beating a previous record of 14.5GW".

The Guardian also reports that a "new group supported by the Canary Wharf Group property company and lorry, coach and taxi drivers" is lobbying to have one of London’s "most popular" cycle routes - the cycle superhighway along the Embankment - "ripped out". The paper says that "Unblock The Embankment … is run by the lobbying firm Newington Communications". The article says that its clients "are Canary Wharf, the only major business, along with the London Chamber of Commerce, the Road Haulage Association, the Confederation of Passenger Transport, which represents coach operators, and the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, among others".

London’s Evening Standard reports that "the planned conversion of a historic Mayfair townhouse next to a church into a 24-hour casino has sparked the wrath of worshippers". The paper says that "developers want to turn the Grade II listed Victorian former stable block in Brick Street into an exclusive members-only gambling venue for up to 200 punters with a roof terrace and restaurant".

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