07/07/2017 London News


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

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Good evening from BBC London News. I'm Victoria Hollins.

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A row has broken out over the route of this year's

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Notting Hill Carnival, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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The parade passes within metres of the disaster.

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The Minister for London has questioned whether

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But Mayor Sadiq Khan says the carnival belongs on the streets

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of its Notting Hill birthplace, as Karl Mercer reports.

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For the last seven years, this is how Linton Mitchell has

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Getting warmed up for Carnival, 2017.

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Like others around Notting Hill, though, he woke to

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news this morning that the Minister for London has asked for Carnival to

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be moved this year after the Grenfell Tower fire.

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He says that news has already upset many.

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Most people are actually saying, they are going to stop the Carnival.

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That to me is triggering off, exciting, more

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or less, discomfort between the community.

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The row started after Minister for London

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Greg Hands wrote to the mayor, saying:.

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Sadly, neither man was available to be

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interviewed today but the local MP was not pulling her punches.

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Why on earth should yet another white man in a suit

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have any idea about what is good for this community, who is grieving,

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And actually, they decide what is right and what is

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wrong at the moment, not us, not me, either.

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At the scene today, there were mixed views over whether

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Carnival is one of the greatest things,

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I think it should go ahead and celebrate life.

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I don't think the people that have lost their lives

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would have liked for that to be cancelled.

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A lot of people died and maybe we should respect the area.

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Pepe Francis is chair of Carnival and not planning to follow

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That is not... That has never been a consideration.

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We support the whole, the people from Grenfell Tower.

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Tonight, a statement from Kensington and

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Chelsea Council said there were no plans to move carnival this year.

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The Prime Minister Theresa May says plans for a statue

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of Margaret Thatcher outside the Houses of Parliament should not

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be blocked simply because of fears that it might be defaced.

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A planning application for a ten-foot statue has been

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Parliament Square is home to about 11 statues, all political figures,

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although as yet there have been no women. There are plans for

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suffragists Millicent Fawcett to be featured. Margaret Thatcher would be

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a ten foot high bronze statue, worth about ?300,000. It is a popular idea

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with prominent Conservative politicians but the Royal Parks, who

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own the square, have objected because they have said they're not

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yet assurances that her family approve of it. Also, a local

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residents and business Association has edge was very significant, of

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course, as the first female Prime Minister but was also controversial

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enough to vandalism. This is the suggestion that the current PM

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rejects. I understand there are a number

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of issues that have been raised around the statue but what I'm very

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clear about is that there is no, there should be no suggestion

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that the threat of vandalism should stop a statue of Margaret Thatcher

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from being put up. So how real is the risk of

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vandalism? It is a very public space and lots of protests have gone

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through there. A few years ago, the Winston Churchill statue was defaced

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during anti-capitalist demonstrations but the final

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decision rests with Westminster council. We will await the decision.

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A ten-year regeneration project has seen the transformation

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of the waterways around the Olympic stadium.

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Welcome to the Bow Back Rivers, London's newest waterway.

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1.5 miles of previously unnavigable canals.

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Ten years ago, you would have had tyres in here, fridges,

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washing machines, full of industrial pollutants and now, look

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Part of the scheme is to reinstate these reedbeds

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We have created all of this reedbed habitat in several areas

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That has allowed species to flourish.

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We will see here, coots, moorhens, kingfishers,

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all the kind of animals that are a sign of a healthy waterway.

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Before the Olympics, this is what the area looked like.

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Long before that, the canals were used to deliver to local industry.

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This project has taken ten years to get this far

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What it means is you can now loop right around

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Raymond Lyons has lived on his longboat for about a year.

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We love living on the canal and we have docked up

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So I can see there's an interest value to be going around

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the Bow Back waters and stuff which have been

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We want you to come here, we want you to cruise through,

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we want you to admire the wildlife that has returned to the park.

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We want you to enjoy the views of London Stadium.

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As well as boat owners, tours will now use these waterways

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to also witness London's rediscovered industrial heritage.

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Apologies for the slightly premature start to that report.

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up

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Thank you and good evening. Today, another scorcher, we hit 30 Celsius

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at London Heathrow which made it the seventh day so far this summer we

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have got above 30 degrees. Some summers don't get anywhere near it.

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At the moment out there, it remains humid and tonight, temperatures not

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dropping much lower than around 18 Celsius, maybe 19 or 20 in parts of

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Essex and Kent. A lot more clouds tomorrow with a bit of light rain or

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drizzle around first thing but I think by and large, it will be a dry

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day with only a small chance of a light, passing shower. Light winds

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but cooler than we have seen in recent days, temperatures down on

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what they were today, certainly, may be low to mid 20s at the very best.

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We finished tomorrow evening with one or two showers still around but

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the skies will start to show a few more breaks as we go into Sunday. If

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we take a look at the outlook, Sunday, largely dry, probably a bit

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more sunshine and warming up a touch again but by Monday and into

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Tuesday, it will feel cooler and there will be a greater chance of a

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few showers. If there will be a greater chance of a

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few showers. If you've got any plans further afield, Philip has the full

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details. Hello and good evening, contrasting

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fortunes across the British Isles again today, a weather front across

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the North, the odd bit and peace offering putting a dent in the

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temperatures in the central belt, further south, not for the first

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time recently, we hit 30 degrees again at Heathrow. Overnight, that

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weather front will ease a bit further south with no great rush,

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quite a bit of cloud across England and Wales and as warm as ever hear.

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Further north, underneath clearing skies, temperatures could dip for

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some into single figures but as I say, further south again, another

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night of 15, 16, 17 or 18. The weekend starts fairly cloudy with

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bits and pieces of rain on the breeze across South Wales and

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south-west England, generally cloudy here. Writers got anywhere from

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North Wales, North Midlands northwards although you will notice

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another weather front close by in the North West of Scotland but it's

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