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Tonight on BBC London News: so it's goodbye from me,


The looming crisis facing the capital's schools -


as 70% face cuts under a new funding formula.


Head teachers fear more jobs will go.


And that means that we're looking at further reductions in staffing.


I have already cut four staff post through natural


Unfortunately, I may have to do a lot more of that sort of work.


From the Far East to the East End -


the first China-to-Britain freight train arrives in Barking.


We look at what it means for London businesses.


I'll explain how one London council is using drones to help repair


It says it should save tens of thousands of pounds a year.


And why neighbouring councils are going to court in a row


about this festival on Clapham Common.


Welcome to the programme with me, Riz Lateef.


are we heading for a crisis in the capital's schools?


The Government's proposing a change to the way in which the amount


The new funding formula would mean 70% of schools


But the Government insists that inner-city schools here will be


allocated more money per pupil than the national average.


With more details, here's our political editor Tim Donovan.


In the heart of Hackney, this secondary school has been benefiting


from funds which recognise extra needs and low incomes in the area.


head teachers here, if the head teachers here, if the


Government to reallocate resources under a new formula. He faces a


choice, cut staff could go for a bigger class sizes? Inner London has


led the world in recent times for student outcomes in terms of busting


that issue around deprivation. We have done that because we have been


given more money than other schools. Those outcomes will be compromised.


You do not remedy issues around poverty and deprivation


spending money. That will be money spending money. That will be money


that in the future we will not have to spend. Had the Government now


wanted to work? Broccoli, by spreading the money more evenly


across the country. London councils which represents the school says 20


million less or be available in funding. That is taken from the


recent audit about funding not keeping up with inflation and it


will add up to a shortfall of ?360 million in two years' time. 19 out


of 32 boroughs impacted, 70% of London schools will have to find


savings as a consequence of these savings. That is why we are calling


on the Government to change, level up and make sure that no school


loses as a result of the national funding reforms. The launch of a new


parents campaign group in Muswell Hill. Is that they were not just


from the area, where it has picked quickly to other parts of London,


too. It shows, claims one of the organisers, the rapidly growing


concern. We are seeing the effect in the classroom. That is really


upsetting parents. The Government is upsetting parents. The Government is


saying education spending is protected and we as parents are


seeing the effect of the funding squeeze in the schools that we are


using. There is disparity there. Doesn't hang you against your


skills, because you don't feel they are making a decision you don't want


to see the cuts? This campaign is not about criticising any individual


schools. We are supported of the headteachers Anneka Nitties having


to make very difficult decisions in a difficult situation. The


Government insists the existing way of funding schools doesn't work very


fairly. From now on it will be according to actual needs, not


postcode. That is why it will remain the highest fund is part of the


country under our proposals, with inner London schools being allocated


30% more funding per pupil than the national average. Many parents,


teachers and pupils in London may teachers and pupils in London may


Well, our education correspondent Tim Donovan joins me now.


Well, we heard in your report that for many years now London has had


the best performing schools in the country.


Might the change in the amount of money given to schools


It is a key thing. After years of underperformance, the last decade


and a half under what is called London challenge, the performance of


schools with the improved. Places like Hackney, Suffolk, really


restored confidence in many schools in inner-city areas. What you're


seeing here today, over the last couple of weeks, just beginning to


creep through a sense of concern about that of this funding formula.


We are told by the politicians and parents that we have fun in that


piece have been told and understands that the education budget has been


protected and in fact be Government will say in response that it is


protecting it and this year, there will be the greatest amount of money


going into education has ever been in a budget of ?40 billion and they


are saying this is a much fairer way, feel really reflecting real


needs. Not just in London, up and down the country. Once people see


the details of this formula, they will see that for more pupils, it is


a fairer way of doing it. Thank you, Tim.


Why people living on this road next to the M4


are having sleepless nights about Heathrow expansion.


I'll speaking to BAFTA nominated Andrew Garfield about his new film


Hacksaw Ridge, about him growing up in Surrey and living in London.


Next - from east China to east London.


This is the first freight train to travel directly to the UK


from China and arrived in Barking this morning.


It's taken a fortnight, but that's around half


As Sarah Harris reports, it could be a huge boost


It had made its way through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.


34 conainers packed with high street goods made in a city in eastern


China, heading for Barking, east London.


The first direct freight train service between China


and the UK and something London business leaders have been fighting


It brings goods in a much faster route and across the sea.


Its slower still than air freight, but it's much cheaper than the air


freight costs and it's a sign that China is


expanding its networks, trading networks,


beyond its borders in an


effective way to connect China's market with the global economy.


And it's the return journey back to China


which will benefit exporters from London.


The service is cheaper than air freight and faster than sending


There's a big demand in China at the moment, particularly for


products like baby foods or mother and baby cosmetics.


Or actually anything with a Royal warrant on.


But the cost of exporting it by air can make the prices of these


Here in Finchley, boxes are being packed to


ready to make the return trip by train.


It's a market many insiders as say is relatively untouched.


Leaving the single market makes it even while


If you go out to China, you see the cities are flooded with


things like Spanish wines and French cheeses, but yet there is a real


lack of British products, despite the demand in China.


This train route I think is just one step forward


between British China relationships and certainly in terms of trade.


With Brexit coming up, companies like us are actually quite excited


about the possibilities of more trade agreements between the UK and


The silk Road trading routes to the west were created more than


2,000 years ago, but it is hoped the renewal will lead to an increase


in trade between east London and east China for


The Mayor of London will tell the World Economic Forum


in Davos tonight that a hard Brexit, as outlined


by the Prime Minister yesterday, would be a lose-lose situation.


In a speech to business and political leaders,


Sadiq Khan will say privileged access


to the single market is critical for London.


Well, the BBC's economics editor Kamal Ahmed is there


Yes. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, it is his first visit to


Davos and he is making a speech tonight all the business leaders


here. Many of them big, global banks operating out of London. The


leaders, chief executives are here in Davos in the Swiss Alps. A big


message about hard Brexit and what the Government likes to call clean


Brexit. Sadiq Khan says it would be bad for the City of London. But the


City of London will still need privileged access into the EU and


also the second point, maybe more slightly controversial, he says


globalisation needs to be dealt with by the European Union and if many


member states had a vote on being in the European Union, they would have


the same outcome as Britain, they might vote to leave a massive issue


of globalisation is tackled. How do you think his speech will be


received the same day that two banks have confirmed they will transfer


jobs from London to Europe as a result of Theresa May's Brexit


plans? HSBC, the big British Chinese bank and UPS the Swiss bank have


both said they are going to move some jobs, relatively limited, onto


because of the changes in because of the changes in


regulations between London and the European Union and the relationship


with the single market. That bit of the speech about privileged access,


that will go down well, but I think his second point about people being


negative about the European Union, other referendums could force other


countries to leave the European countries to leave the European


Union. Many people think that Britain is a unique case and other


countries would never think about you leaving the European Union.


Disputes between neighbours are all too common in London,


but it's quite unusual for two councils to have a row about noise.


Wandsworth is taking Lambeth to court over plans for festivals


on Clapham Common, which cuts through both boroughs.


A snippet from the South-west 4 festival over the August bank


It's a three-day event and this this year it is expected to


attract 30,000 people to Clapham Common.


Music festivals have been helf for many years here,


but for the first time last summer, the noise level allowed was


The complaints about the event also increased.


CHEERING And here's the problem, Clapham Common


sits between Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils.


Which has given permission to the outdoor concerts.


Anticipating the summer ahead, Wandsworth want the noise


levels returned to what they were in 2015.


In their fight to do so, they are taking their


We are absolutely not against the event, people having


That's been happening for years and we are perfectly happy


What we are very unhappy about and our residents are unhappy


about is the huge increase in the noise and particularly the thumping


Some of the complaints were coming from a mile away.


People who are not just immediately around the


common, but several streets back who were having


If you're sat in your garden, you can


definitely hear the noise, but I don't think it's too bad, to be


It denies a significant chunk of the Common to other users.


Of course, there will be a lot of people attending the concert and no


doubt enjoying themselves, but they won't be locals.


I think if I was an adult with a kid, it might bother me.


For its part, Lambeth Council gave us a statement


saying, legally we are unable to comment


on the specific issue, but


all events go through a rigorous process involving police, health and


other partners, including neighbouring boroughs.


Residents of a street in west London are furious after finding


out their road has been identified for possible clearance


in a Government report looking at the impact


Despite living several miles from the airport in Heston,


they fear their homes could be demolished if the M4 is widened


to cater for more people travelling to an expanded Heathrow.


But the airport maintains widening the motorway isn't necessary.


If planes are to take off and land on a new runway,


then residents of nearby Harmondsworth know that their homes


But what about the street several miles from the airport?


Rob Barnstone, who campaigns against Heathrow expansion thinks so.


I've certainly read all the small print in each of the documents.


He says he has spent months reading background reports


published by the Government on the possible impact of the airport


commission's recommendation for a Heathrow expansion.


"Substantial land acquisition of residential and


commercial properties in the vicinity of Winchester Avenue."


Winchester Avenue is right next to the M4,


which this one page in the


report suggests could be widened to feed more traffic to a


But if it ever is, then Winchester Avenue may have to go.


The Department for Transport or the Government or


Heathrow Airport have not told people about this.


BBC London spoke to many residents here and it seems


no-one may have seen this document before.


"Substantial land acquisition of residential and


Christopher Allen has lived in his house for 31 years.


Not just for myself, but the whole street and the


neighbouring streets, because we were not informed at all.


This is the first time I'm hearing about this.


Ravita only bought his home in November for ?430,000.


If you had been told this was possible, would you have bought


The Department for Transport has details about the


plans for a new runway which will be published shortly and be subject


But another resident of Winchester Avenue,


who has lived here nearly 40 years, wants to know what his plan


What would you like the Government to do?


A local MP has now tabled parliamentary questions,


asking the Government for more details.


I'm absolutely furious that the suggestion has


The Government should at least be coming out with


its detailed road network proposals and that is indeed what I have


Heathrow Airport is not calling for the M4 to be widened.


But until the final plans are known, there may be little peace


And I gather there have been some further developments on the story


tonight? Yes, the Department for Transport seems to have changed its


tune on this. Back on Friday when we first started looking at the story,


it said it did not give a statement, but the full plans relating to


runway three expansion would be published shortly. Suddenly, at 4pm


this afternoon after our report went out, calls started coming in and we


were accused of scaremongering for talking to the residents and now the


Department is categorically stating there are no plans at all to widen


the M4. This Government report names Winchester Avenue but to little


purpose. It will me a discussion of an option. It will not happen. The


homes will not be demolished. Campaigners against Heathrow


expansion are saying it is still the expansion are saying it is still the


case that the Government did not engage properly with residents in


the street and the local MP is saying the Government has been


completely unclear on this. I welcome the statement that there are


no plans to wait in the M4 onto the street and I want confirmation that


They can capture amazing footage from a bird's-eye view,


but there have also been concerns over the potential dangers of flying


Well, now drones are being used in one part of London to survey


buildings and repairs, instead of using scaffolding.


A worrying outside the window, a drone hovering over your home. This


is her council housing repairs will be carried out in Hammersmith and


Fulham from now on. Spotting potential problems, with no


scaffolding inside. A drone is more flexible and keen reach higher


levels in a much safer way. We keep people on the ground and we


controlled the drawn up there. Look make it seem somehow fitting that


today's inspection is on Batman close. The council says the dirty


drone, inspections can be costly and complex. We would have to do it


scaffolding up just go up and sent on body to inspect, which then could


come back down again and then go back up again when we do get to do


the repair, which could be several months later. It's not just routine


repairs. After this devastating tower block blaze in Shepherd's Bush


last year, a drone was used to get a closer look at the damage. This is


in the first army council has used drones. In the past, there been


concerns about whether they could be used to spy on residents. Privacy


campaigners say it is vital that the council explain what they are doing


and why. Hammersmith and Fulham Council say it has this and all the


residents here and has had to stick to strict rules seeking permission


from the aviation authority. The use experienced pilots and must be in


control of the area. A team on the ground keep an eye out for


passers-by. Modern technology, things moving forward. It might be a


good thing. It stops all the scaffolding. It saves money, because


we say it cost money to put it up and when it is up, you don't know


how long it will be there. There were a few break-ins. I think it


would be safer. Council hopes to save around ?150,000 next year, so


this new technology could become a much more familiar sight.


Some good news for non-league Sutton United the Bogside, they are said to


make - million pounds this year 's FA Cup run. They won their match 3-1


last night to reach the first round for the first time in 20 yes. It is


immersed that has been selected for immersed that has been selected for


live television coverage. Andrew Garfield is probably best


known for playing Spiderman, he also played the the co-founder


of Facebook in The Social Network. Now, the actor who grew


up in Surrey, has been nominated for a BAFTA,


for his latest role as an army medic who received the Medal of Honor


without firing a shot. Hacksaw Ridge is being shown


in Piccadilly this evening, 'I always dreamed


about being a doctor, I can't stay here while all of them


are going to fight for me. Do you figure this war is just


going to fit in with your ideas? While everybody else is taking life,


and I'm going to be saving it. Your free to run into the hellfire


of battle without a single That the clip from the film Hacksaw


Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier,


who did not carry weapons during the Second World War, because he didn't


want to kill anyone. He saved the lives of 75 of his servicemen in one


of the most bloody battles in the Second World War. The man who plays


Desmond Doss is Andrew Garfield, who joins me now. An incredible story,


incredible fun. It's a long wave from where you started off as a


young boy in Surrey at the youth Theatre. Did you ever think that


just over a decade later, you will be here getting deposits that you


are? Oh, goodness. It's funny, when you describe Desmond Doss's life,


the character I'm playing, I just think, what the hell am I doing with


mine? Because he was so remarkable anti-psychotic items of so entirely


for the sake of love for his fellow man. It really puts me to shame in


terms of how women choosing to spend my time playing make-believe, but I


am so, so grateful that I got to attempt to honour his life, his


actions and he was a real personification of love. That's what


he was. He have delightful of love and compassion, in action, not just


in part and an idea, but he really was a wonderful wounded healer. Had


an incredible rear last year, not only Hacksaw Ridge, but working with


Martin Scorsese in Silence. I see you're like that, would you go to in


2017? I don't know. Well, I do know. Pending Angels in America at the


National Theatre. I'm very excited about that. It's a nice thing to


poorer ones energies into. It's a nice period of history that is very


important. That's my only plan and perhaps a little holiday. I don't


know. Are looking forwarded back as next worried you're worried you're


up for two? It is an honour that the film is being recognised and been


responded to in the waiters. It is very heartening. Look like the film


is out in cinemas on general release a week on Friday and we will find


out if Andrew Windsor Park. Next month on the 12th of debris. Good


luck to him. Time for a check on the weather


and Philip Avery has joined I wonder if our friends in Kent


would have agreed with you. -7 is a CS. If that is your idea of crisp.


Things did improve when the sun came up. This was the scene captured by


weather watchers out and about across London for a sorting the day.


All the usual landmarks looking absolutely superb in the January


crisp atmosphere. The reason we have it is because the skies are


relatively clear near being that way but by day and night, hence the debt


in the temperatures. It's a completely different world a little


way up the M4 to. It's murky, overcast and utterly depressing.


We'll be off and running again with temptress getting close to freezing.


Some in the countryside and out towards the west will be down 2-3,


minus four Celsius. When the sun comes up, it will be another


gorgeous day. The cloud will just fill in at hands overhead. Then


close, nothing to my threatening. Temperatures a fraction up. It won't


make an awful lot of difference. Not much anyway breeze at the moment,


but you can bet that as soon as is honest and, we'll end up again with


quite a widespread frosts aside the day on Friday. Any difference? Not


really. Six, seven, eight Celsius. Getting into the weekend, it will be


dominated very much by that area of high pressure. Not expecting to see


any radical changes, it may just be that we see more in the way of cloud


and the temperatures down into minus degrees. Almost crisp.


The Foreign Secretary, has warned EU leaders not to give


the UK punishment beatings for Brexit in the manner of some


Boris Johnson said penalising escape was not in the interests


Thousands of British holiday-makers are being flown home from The Gambia


after a state of emergency was declared there.


The Foreign Office is advising people to avoid


New research claims seventy percent of London schools will face budget


cuts if a proposal to change Government funding goes ahead.


London Councils says schools in the capital will be


We'll be back later during the 10pm news, but for now


from everyone on the team, have a lovely evening.


Hello. I hope you're well. I really do.


Because if you're not, then chances are the NHS won't be able to


look after you as well as it should. And that's wrong.


Because the Labour Party created the NHS 70 years ago on


the founding principles of it being comprehensive, universal and free.


The NHS was created to care for us but now the NHS needs our care.


Today there are almost four million people


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