03/07/2017 London News


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It was the council severely criticised after the Grenfell Fire,

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with a leader under pressure to resign.

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And tonight, Kensington and Chelsea elected a new leader,

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one who's apologised and says it's time to heal wounds and ask

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Marc Ashdown is at the Town Hall now.

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This was an extraordinary meeting of the 40 Conservative councillors in

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this borough, called as you said after the former leader Nicholas

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Paget-Brown stood down on Friday, they have elected a new leader,

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Elizabeth Campbell, who's been a councillor for 11 years, notably in

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the Chelsea Ward, nowhere near the Grenfell Tower area and also a

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slightly controversial choice, some are saying, in that she served on

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the Cabinet which was heavily criticised for its handling in the

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immediate aftermath of the tragedy but this evening, she started off on

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the right foot, straight after the meeting, coming out and speaking to

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the media and striking the kind of tone which I suspect will go down

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well with people living around here. The first thing I want to do

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is I want to apologise. This is our community

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and we have failed it So no buts, no ifs, no

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excuses, I am truly sorry. As new leader, I will appoint

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a new Cabinet tomorrow and things And the first thing I'm going to do

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is to reach out to our community, And the second thing I'm going to do

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is to phone up Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State,

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and ask for more help. I don't know at this stage

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what that help will be like, what plan it will be,

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but I know that the thing we need is a plan for the community

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in North Kensington So what happens now? Firstly, her

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appointment needs to be ratified and approved by the full council which

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won't be a problem because the Conservatives have an overwhelming

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majority, 40 of the 50 councillors but then the difficult work begins

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on trying to win back the trust of this damaged community.

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Interestingly, the meeting this evening was chaired by the Minister

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for London, great hands. So far, the government has resisted pressure to

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step in and take more of a lead because they believe local democracy

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should be allowed to work but make no mistake, ministers are keeping a

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close eye on this as our local people as to how the council moves

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forward under its new leader. Thank you for joining us.

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Meanwhile, safety continues to be reviewed at tower

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But there are questions about whether local authorities

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have the power to force costly safety measures like sprinklers

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and fire doors on leaseholders who own their properties.

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And whether there should be a change in the law.

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Here's our political editor Tim Donovan.

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This is, this is the fire door that Croydon Council fitted...

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A dispute over this doorway has proved very costly for Julie.

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This is a council flat she bought in Croydon.

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She installed a plastic coated front door.

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The council said it was a fire risk, a danger to others in the block.

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The council was saying, we need to set a precedent...

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She claimed, as a leaseholder, she had rights over the front door

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She ended up paying not just for the front door but owing

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I should have been given the opportunity to do it myself

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rather than Croydon Council going to the extremes that they went

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to and how they are literally persecuting me for the recovery

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The key thing about this judgment is that the judge decided,

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in the absence of any clarity in Julie's lease itself,

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that the council retained responsibility for external features

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But this has actually proved a rare legal success for a council.

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Experts say it is very hard to force leaseholders to accept

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The vast majority of Right To Buy leases, in my experience,

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will not let councils just enter properties to make improvements,

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to add in whole new fire safety systems that didn't exist before.

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Despite the fire at Lakanal House, Southwark reported its hands

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were tied because of the fact the council has no right

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of access to install PPS systems, that's sprinklers,

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We can't have different standards of fire safety in some properties

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within a high-rise building compared to other properties.

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There has to be a common approach to fire safety.

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Wandsworth, like Westminster, is now planning to install

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sprinklers in dozens of tower blocks but with many leaseholders here,

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disputes over costs and legal rights may lie ahead.

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It was exactly a month ago that London found itself once again

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the target of terrorism, this time in London Bridge.

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It's emerged that more than 160 people who witnessed it

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or who were affected have turned to a support charity for help.

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A Londoner who was stabbed has been telling us

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On Saturday night one month ago, three men drove a van

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They went on to stab others at Borough Market.

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Eight people lost their lives and almost 50 were injured.

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He must have cut my neck and my earhole, I think,

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Then there was the stab wounds to my chest.

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Roy had gone out for a drink that night and friends had persuaded him

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He says he doesn't know how he survived the attack.

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I still didn't know they were terrorists

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It is only when they pulled the blade out and started

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talking about Allah, Islam and something

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And he's stuck the knife in me. I don't know whereabouts at first.

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But what people said was... I must have fought with him.

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I was trying to fight with him but then he has

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pulled the other two back that was going into the restaurant

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way, where they were going to do more damage or killings.

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So people... I'm just...

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My memory is blank from after the first stabbing.

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But apparently, then three of them came and started attacking me

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Roy says he is feeling better and his scars are healing.

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But others are still dealing with the emotional effects.

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One charity says it has helped more than 160 people that witnessed

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The key thing is not to bottle it up because there

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is a danger that by doing that, it will actually get worse

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and you may develop the symptoms that will require more

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And with the recent tragedies in the capital, the charity suspects

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there are many people out there that still need help.

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The capital's weekend Night Tube service is to be extended to part

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of the London Overground by the end of the year.

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It'll initially run between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate.

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With more details, here's our transport correspondent Tom Edwards.

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Shoreditch, one of the areas that will benefit from 24-hour train

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Byron is a local musician. He thinks it's great news.

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One of the things that has kind of grown the southeast

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and the east has been, like, the arts community

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Anything that helps that kind of grow is just a good thing.

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So it's just really about connectivity.

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From December, on Fridays and Saturday nights,

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there will be four trains per hour right through the night

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The service will extend to Highbury next year.

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We've been experiencing traffic jams in the middle of the night.

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There's huge traffic congestion in the evenings

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So it's very important that where possible,

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we do shift people from car traffic into clean public

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According to the mayor, the Night Tube has already boosted

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Now there are also calls for licensing restrictions to be eased.

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We still have a climate where we don't have

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In some areas, people are nervous about granting licences to bars

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Rashid has had a stall here for two years.

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He thinks better transport will benefit the area.

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Well, it makes it more attractive and busier, for sure.

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And this won't be the last service to run through the night.

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Transport for London says it is already looking to introduce

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So I'll wish you goodnight and it's over to Tomasz

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I gather it is warming up again? Ochre media, it is going to be

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sizzling, like the sausages we saw a moment ago. I weekly look at whether

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for the week ahead, on Monday. Temperatures rising, maybe even

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reaching 30 towards the end of the week. Once again, the fans will be

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out. We are looking at a risk of some storms on Thursday. Sunbury

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Thursday potentially at least on the way. In the short-term, quiet out

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there. Quite a warm night with temperatures early on Tuesday

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probably no lower than 16 in that capital outside of a bit fresher. A

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cloudy morning and then the cloud breaks up and then some sunshine but

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not a lot in the afternoon. A decent day with some shade, temperatures

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still getting up to 25 in London. On balance, a fine day and find for

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Wimbledon. Through the middle part of the week, the hot spell begins,

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with temperatures getting to around 28 or 29 in the centre of the

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capital. A bit breezy up the estuary, 22 degrees, just a bit

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fresher. On Thursday, Bunbury Thursday, the margin of error in

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predicting exactly where the storms will come as quite large this far in

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advance, they could be here, there come a bit further to the east but

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there will be storms around on Thursday. On Friday, another hot

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one. The centre of London around 29. And just in time for the weekend, it

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is all going to grind to a halt and we are back to fresher weather.

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is all going to grind to a halt and we are back to fresher weather.

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Hello, very warm to hot weather returns for some of us this week but

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right now we're watching wet weather coming into Northern Ireland. This

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is how it looked earlier, the cloud is even bigger now, with the rain

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just about in and courtesy of this weather system which will take the

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rain onto parts of Scotland and northern England and it will hang

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around for much of the day tomorrow for some of us. This is how it looks

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overnight, rain gradually ending in -- edging it bot of north-west

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England and southern Scotland, Grisly for parts of Wales and the

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south-west the cloud thickens, clear spells for eastern England and

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especially northern Scotland and it will turn out to be quite chilly

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year with spots into low

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