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Good evening from BBC London News. It's arguably the biggest and most
difficult decision facing London and the Home Counties: how to
Today, the Prime Minister spelled out the timetable for that decision
in what appears to be a movd to stave off a possible
rebellion from her MPs and Conservative Councils,
Our political editor, Tim Donovan, reports.
No decision formally made, but Heathrow now firm favourite
No decision formally made, yet legal moves already started
Four councils have reminded the Government that a 2010
High Court judgment still ndeds to be respected.
The leader of Hillingdon, one of those councils,
says it required clear answdrs on air pollution and noise `nd any
move towards a third runway must still first go
through an extensive consultation process.
What we notified them of last week was if you attempt to put
this through Parliament, without dealing with the matters
that we raised in 2010, which are still valid,
that's judge made law on the Government, you cannot
The Government cannot break the law, no matter what party's in control,
That's what the judge told them in 2010 and that's what will happen
if they try to move on without dealing with those issues.
It's the council's contention that adding 250,000 new flights ` year
at Heathrow would make it ilpossible to meet legal requirements on noise
and air quality and opponents are readying themselves agahn
with the councils forming an alliance with environmental
It's the same very broad co`lition that came out against the third
runway before and that included Theresa May,
it included Boris Johnson, it included many Cabinet
ministers, and the arguments are stronger today.
But here in Boris Johnson's Uxbridge, in the borough
of Hillingdon, the arguments by no means go the same way.
It's good for the area. It's good for employment.
I know people say there's already one or two runways there
You know, but people in the area have actually got used
If you're living on the flight path you'd probably understand the reason
I like the idea of it because we're London,
we need the added attraction that we can deal with
the growth in this country, in terms of visitors etc.
But the environmental issue is a major concern to myself.
Expansion at Heathrow is more economical for the area.
You just get used to it, other people will get used to that?
Heathrow's gain will be Gatwick s pain unless, of course...
The sensible decision for the Government next week,
which I hope it's what they will come to, I hope, is to see them give
the green light to both Gatwick and Heathrow.
But after all the delay there's been, it will be the solutions
on air and noise which will be most closely scrutinised.
Let's pick up on this with Tim, who's in Richmond tonight.
No-one thought it was going to be easy, but do you think people
realised it would be at least another year before
I'm not sure. See how quickly we've almost assumed a decision h`s been
made or is going to be made in favour of Heathrow. Local
authorities like Hillingdon, we saw in the film there, and Richlond
here, are keen to point out, there's a long way to go. It's the beginning
of a process, or will be thd beginning of a process. All the
Government will be doing next week through a Cabinet subcommittee is
expressing a statement of preference then a more formal process kicks in.
They have to produce a national policy statement, which will explain
how they deal with the unanswered questions about air quality,
traffic, how you build and so on. That's the point here. That's why
these authorities like Hillhngdon are saying, you know, watch what you
do here. We are ready to take legal action at any turn. What do you make
of the unusual arrangements to allow ministers to oppose their
Government's policy? It is tnusual. It gives you an idea of what a
difficult decision this one is. In effect, this is giving ministers a
limited freedom to object, to criticise. Ministers, like Boris
Johnson, the MP for Uxbridgd, former London Mayor, and Justine Greening,
the Education Secretary, an MP for put any, the right to criticise a
decision apparently, but not how the decision was reached nor to actively
campaign. There are some lilitations there. Attention then turns to
people like Zac Goldsmith, the MP here in Richmond Park. Evenhng
Standard reporting today th`t a meeting last night he said he could
stand down and then stand as an independent in a by-election here.
What's more, this article stggested that Conservatives locally will
support him. That could raise all kinds of issues. There are `ll kinds
of political implications wd are about to see play out. Tim, thank
you. Now to news we're
getting of a disturbance Let's cross to our reporter
Marc Ashdown in the newsrool. There was an incident involving a
group of prisoners at about 3. 0pm. The Prison Officers' Associ`tion
told us it resulted in one prisoner being killed, two others injured and
taken to hospital with what they say were stab wounds. At the tile, they
said no prison officers werd involved. But literally just in the
past few minutes, we've had a statement from the Met police saying
they've launched a murder investigation. A man in his 20s was
pronounced dead at the scend. A postmortem will follow. He's not
been formally identified yet. They are in the process of inforling his
next of kin. They said two len, aged 21 and 30, were taken to hospital
with stab wounds. They're in a critical condition. They confirmed a
34-year-old prisoner was arrested at the scene and is in custody at a
police station tonight. The Ministry of Justice are aware of all this but
can't comment further. It c`used, what I'm told, was a minor
disturbance. About 120 prisoners were removed from the area while it
was dealt with. I'm told thhngs are back to normal. Pen tonvilld has had
a difficult recent history. Two inspections question its vi`bility
going forward unless it has substantial investment in btildings
and staffing. An incident lhke this, where a prisoner has been khlled,
will raise more difficult qtestions. It's a photograph that capttred
a unique moment in the '50s. A group portrait of some of the most
notable jazz musicians of their time - including Dizzy Gillespie,
Count Basie, and Theloneous Monk. Now the landmark picture,
"Harlem 1958" is being recreated in Hackney -
bringing together 58 The great and the great
of the British jazz world, not known for their time kedping
unless it's when they're performing, but these musicians made it
here to celebrate 30 years of this East End establishment,
the Premises Studios in Hackney Look this way, look
towards my chest. They're recreating Art Kane's
historic jazz group portrait "Harlem 1958" which featured the likes
of Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. Today's eminent group,
some of the country's leading jazz It's a place that's very important
to my development as a musician We're here to take photos
to document the vast and varied types, cultures,
creeds, skills of musicians that The Premises has always been a jazz
place, right from the beginning Over the years, we've
had all kinds of people We really wanted to celebrate
the 30 years' association But it's also a chance to s`y thank
you to the Premises for providing a home and a hub for this
extended jazz family. I've been involved with the Premises
since I was 15 years old. I used to come here and plax
with jazz musicians It's great to get all
these musicians together and have the recreation of that
photograph and for it to me`n From Harlem 1958 to Hackney 201 -
history in the taking. That's all from me, so I'll wish
you a very goodnight. And I'll leave you with
Elizabeth Rizzini for It has turned colderment a chilly
wind around today, a lovely sunny afternoon for the most part. It led
to a really pretty sun set out there. Just the right amount of
cloud. What's happening over the next few days is that we'll see a
bit of an east-west split sdt up. There'll be a chilly wind for
everyone. But particularly so for Eastern areas. Here we may see one
or two showers at times too. Drier the further west you are. Plenty of
sunshine here. But we will `lso get cooler nights. It will feel chillier
tonight than last night. Cldar skies for the most part, staying dry. We
have got a north-westerly whnd. It helps to keep mist and fog patches
at bay. Temperatures in towns, down to eight or nine degrees. In rural
spots we could be looking at fives and sixes. Locally a cool start to
the day tomorrow. Not a bad looking day. There'll be plenty of sunshine
around. Small chance of one or two showers in north Eastern parts. Wind
chill around as well. Temperatures higher than today, 15 degreds
Celsius. Looking ahead, we still see showers out towards the east, then
further west, it will be mostly dry. Good evening. As you've just seen
from your local outlook, not a huge amount changes over the next few
days. The weather patterns will be blocked again. What is driving that?
It's a deep area of low pressure, the remnants of hurricane Nicole in
the Atlantic. That's heading towards Greenland. Set to pile up the snow
here, metres of it in the next few days. It's dragging a lot of warm
air into the North Atlantic on the Eastern flank. What that does is
build this, high pressure. That s not going to move a great deal over
the next few days. To the east, low pressure in