22/06/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Fire wardens are to go on patrol at a housing development in Camden -

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where the tower blocks have similar cladding to the one

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used in Glenfell Tower in north Kensington.

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The local authority has confirmed the cladding will be removed

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from the Chalcots Estate as soon as possible, but until then,

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Karl Mercer has been speaking to local residents -

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All of this cladding will come down soon.

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So far, just a few panels on the Chalcot Estate in Camden have

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The results have prompted the council to get rid of them all.

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This estate was refurbished a decade ago.

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It's now emerged that the cladding contains similar chemicals to those

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A lot of residents are a bit worried about it.

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Sprinklers and fire alarms and everything else, we haven't got.

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Locals were sent a letter this morning, explaining

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One thing we were always asking about was fire safety.

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Fire safety, fire safety, and fire safety.

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We asked for fire alarms, sprinklers, we asked for all those

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things to actually have really active fire safety systems.

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We ended up with a building that was clad that was supposed

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to be more safe than what we had before, and we were sold

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There are key differences with the installation...

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The council leader has been before the media today,

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her teams now checking corridors and stairwells, running 24-hour

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fire warden patrols, and checking electrical goods

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She says the council's also seeking legal advice,

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saying the cladding was not what they ordered.

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Why would your inspectors not have picked that up if it wasn't

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to the specification that you asked for?

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I don't think we would have had any reason to need to take these panels

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down to an independent test centre and see if they'd burn.

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We thought we were working with reputable companies

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and we thought we had what was specified, and we feel let

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The mayor today urged other councils to step up their checks on tower

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We're speaking to other councils across London and and the Government

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has agreed to accelerate the checks on those councils across London.

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My message to landlords is, use the service at your disposal.

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The London Fire Brigade is doing checks.

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We've got to make sure every single tower block is safe.

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More money has been promised by government to remove

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Camden is holding meetings with its local residents to reassure

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Louisa Preston it on the Chalcots estate where the council has been

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meeting local residents. Yes, that's right. This public meeting was all

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about reassuring the people that live in the tower blocks behind me,

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especially now that we know that this cladding could be a fire risk.

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I'm being told there are some extremely angry exchanges between

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residents and the council, cars because they want to know how long

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it's going to take cladding off viz tower blocks. The chief executive of

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Camden Council said he wants to make sure it's off within weeks, not

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months. He also said there fire safety patrols going around these

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estates. I've seen some of them here tonight. But on our programme at

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6:30pm, we heard from a fire expert. He said that whilst the cladding is

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being taken off the flats, residents should be moved out.

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They should be getting the large families with children

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They should be getting the people who are disabled

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You look at the rate at which that fire spread,

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and you think the fire wardens will get everybody

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The fire wardens may well end up dying in a property that

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We spoke to Camden Council again tonight and we ask is whether they

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would be moving people out of viz tower blocks. They reassured as they

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are convinced the measures that have been put in place are adequate. They

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are also checking electrical white goods in the flats, to make sure

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they are all safe as well. We heard today there are other flats across

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the country that may have flammable cladding on them. We're not exactly

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sure where those are. We haven't been told as yet. There will be many

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residents in the capital in high is right flats tonight extremely

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worried and councils across the capital are concerned about doing as

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much as they can to try to reassure those residents. Our political

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editor Tim Donovan has spent the day with the team in Tower Hamlets.

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We're also telling people how to be fire safe in your own homes.

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But one thing above all on people's minds...

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The good news in Tower Hamlets is that we've been putting cladding

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on the blocks in the last few years and we've never used

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And that includes this block itself, in the middle of having

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The council is relieved the right material has been used.

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But it's hardly the only issue troubling tenants now.

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Lots of people like yourself are going on about the stay put policy.

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Should you stay where you are, or just try and get out?

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After watching what happened in that building, I'm not going to stay put.

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As long as everyone tells me stay put, I'm going out!

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So what is the right thing to do, then?

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It seems much clearer protocols are needed.

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Looking after my own children, I don't know how I would go down ten

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stairs if, God forbid, what happened in that building...

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Over the last year, the council had already been reviewing

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and upgrading its fire assessment across the borough.

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We need to make sure really that those are put back, then...

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Another tenant is found to have removed the fire

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The kitchen itself needs to hold the fire back at bay

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so that the rest of the property is a safe haven.

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Marcella moved in here in November and now has to put the door back.

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Did you have any idea it was important to have a door

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When we had an inspection, they kind of said yeah, fine,

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You switch off electricity when you leave the house.

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You have to be so mindful, but it's another 300 families

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Refurbishment here is nearly complete.

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We are being asked by a lot of residents about sprinkler

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We haven't got them, but we have them in bits

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of the building, so the bin store, which is a vulnerable place,

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Are you thinking about putting them elsewhere?

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So much now could come under review, but tenants in high-rise blocks

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here, as across the capital, are waiting eagerly for answers.

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In other news, commuters using Southern Rail

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Members of the RMT union will walk out on Monday tenth July as the row

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over staffing and driver-only trains goes on.

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Today was a good day for train spotters.

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Well, maybe that's a bit unfair, because millions of Londoners

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are going to be interested in the future of their rail

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It's the new Crossrail train to be used on the Elizabeth Line -

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which has gone into service between Liverpool

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The first Elizabeth Line train draws in, bang on time.

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After a few final checks, and fan photos, it's

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Capable of carrying 1,500 passengers, more than double

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previous trains, and with better efficiency, journeys

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Going to make your life easier, hopefully?

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I've been travelling on these trains for years and they're always just

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Well, air conditioning makes a difference, today.

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Sheila's son will be driving one of the 66 new trains in the fleet.

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A new train has brought the spotters out too, of all ages.

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Yes, I have been for quite a while, now.

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So, I live in Romford, so right in the heart of the line,

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really, and over the last couple of years we've seen the trains

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being tested and all the improvement works beginning to take shape.

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We've been disrupted for so long in London.

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It's just nice to see what kind of trains we'll be able

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And this is what they're trying to improve -

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just one commuter service elsewhere in London today.

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As you're experiencing, you've got your jacket on,

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so have I, it's a warm day in London, another warm day.

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This is air cooled, there is proper passenger visual displays as well as

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Great, clean seats and configurations, through carriages

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that give that sense of space as well, so this is going

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Of course, this is also good news for Shenfield.

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It will put the area firmly on the map.

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The journey time will be quicker so it should be good for business.

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This area normally would be stockbrokers going into the city,

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but the Crossrail is opening up over to the west London side of things,

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so we've had more buyers from Islington, Fulham.

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The full route through central London should be operating

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Not record-breaking temperatures but still very

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Not record-breaking temperatures but still very warm.

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Definitely still warm but the temperature drop in the last 24

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hours has been extraordinary, more than 10 degrees. Much more pleasant.

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Fairly decent weather on the way for tomorrow. Tonight, fairly quiet on

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the weather front. Temperatures in the city around 14 Celsius. Those

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fresh Atlantic conditions continue to set in. Friday is looking partly

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cloudy skies, a bit of sunshine, temperatures similar to what we had

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today, around 23. In the centre of London. The weekend is looking a

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little cooler. Those Atlantic winds will bring in one or two showers. If

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you have a barbecue land there might be spots of rain in the morning, but

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the second half of the day looks better. Temperatures 20-23. Sunday

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is probably the best bet. Let's look at the Outlook. A few showers in

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there. Decent weather. Now the National Outlook.

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there. Decent weather. Now the National Outlook.

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Good evening. Like it or not, our heatwave has been and gone. It

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doesn't look like hot weather will be back for quite some time.

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Certainly not on the scale we saw yesterday, where many places got up

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into the 20s, but even the mid-30s across parts of the South. What a

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