24/08/2017 London News


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I'm Asad Ahmad. the UK learn from Norway and border.

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For the very first time, a piece of land in north London has

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been sold on condition that all the hundreds of new homes

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to be built upon it will be affordable.

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The Mayor of London believes it's a way of getting more much

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needed homes to Londoners who would otherwise be priced out

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But there's criticism too - as Karl Mercer explains.

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This site hasn't changed much in the last seven years.

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Perhaps the weeds have got a little taller,

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But perhaps these four fellas might be about to change that.

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Here in Walthamstow today, with their plans to build 330

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new homes on the spot in the next five years.

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All - yes, 100% of them - will be affordable.

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Sold to first timers who can buy a share in their new homes.

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For one-bedroom flats you'll be looking at about ?350,000.

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But with a shared ownership offer, it would enable somebody to buy

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a share of the property for about ?100,000.

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So, actually gaining a deposit for ?100,000,

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City Hall bought this land last year, then sold it on to two

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housing associations, at a profit and also

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The deal is you can have this land for a sum of money on the condition

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that every single home on this land is affordable.

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So, a couple earning less than an average wage would be

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Walthamstow, like many areas around London, has seen plenty

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Expensive flats have been going up around the area,

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so the local council leader is all in favour of

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It's not actually unique to us in Waltham Forest.

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I think it's happening right across outer London.

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The test for us as political leaders is what we do about that.

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Do we just sit back and let the private sector roll into town,

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Or do we put up a very strong fight, a very robust argument

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for lots of affordable and social housing?

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Most have welcomed plans for this site, but there are those

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who would like to see more homes for people to rent to put

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It's true that no council homes have started under the Mayor's programme

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I've been asking him questions about this.

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But, yet again, we see it with this scheme.

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We need to see new schemes in future actually prioritising affordable

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homes for rent that are really affordable, like council homes.

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The Mayor says homes for rent will come in time.

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Finding somewhere to live is likely to be the biggest

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challenge for the next generation of Londoners.

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Providing them, the biggest challenge for its politicians.

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Tolu Adeoye, you've been following this.

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It is. And more housing was the Mayor's big campaign pledge. He said

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last year he wanted to build 90,000 affordable homes over the next four

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years, but he has been criticised for not going about it quickly

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enough. This announcement is really a good indication of how he plans to

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do that, buying public land, selling it on cheaply with strict guidelines

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for developers. We spoke to one housing expert who said it was a

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good way to go. The really revolutionary thing

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about this method is that it takes a piece of land and gets it

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into the system for less That's really important,

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because the cost of land is the main factor making housing expensive

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in London for new homes. So, if the Mayor can get a piece

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of land and get it into a housing association's plans for cheap,

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that can make the house We mustn't lose sight of the fact

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that this is just 330 new homes. London is growing at a rate of

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100,000 people every year and needs 50,000 to 60,000 new homes to cope

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with that and the Mayor can't do it alone. They also said we need land

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that is currently in the hands of other public sector authorities. The

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Mayor has said he is trying to identify brown field sites that can

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be built on. His team say this is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Teenagers in London have outperformed the rest of England

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Figures were slightly down on last year, but a lot less compared

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Helen Drew has been meeting some students in west London to find out

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if they've had tears of joy or sadness.

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Getting exam results is a familiar sight,

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They only opened in 2012, so this is the very first group

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It's also the first year of the new grading system,

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where some subjects are awarded numbers 9-1, others

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A bit upset about the B in RE, but I can brush aside that,

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I feel fantastic, because I got a 9 in maths.

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I got Bs and I'm proud of that, because I didn't think

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Reach Academy is a free school, meaning it's government

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funded, but not controlled by the local authority.

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It was set up by a group of teachers who are delighted

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Nationally, and in the area, it's better than perhaps would have

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been expected of a school in a community like ours.

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But it goes to show that when you work hard and every person

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in the building comes to work every day loving their job,

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and working really, really diligently together

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The success story continues across the capital.

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In England, 66.1% of students got a C or above, or its equivalent.

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And for grade A and above, now a 7 and over, it's 19.8%

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Back in Feltham, one student who's overcome a lot

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She barely spoke at primary school and was incredibly shy when she came

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And an A* in English language and literature.

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And I thought I was terrible at physics!

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Across the country, this year's results have shown the biggest ever

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Here in Feltham, though, tears of joy.

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So many students have worked very hard.

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Over a million and a half tonnes of food is wasted

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every year in London - that's the same as each of us

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throwing away 200 bags of sugar every year.

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Most of it goes to landfill, so Dan Freedman has been finding out

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what's being done to try and solve the problem.

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Food waste, hundreds of tonnes of it here at the largest food

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And yet this isn't even 1% of what we waste on a daily basis.

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This is the latest delivery they've had here.

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This is about six tonnes of food waste.

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They'll get 30 deliveries just like this one every single day.

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Admittedly, a lot of the food is rotten and really smells bad.

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But some of this food, actually, looks OK to eat.

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Here, everything you see is separated out and recycled,

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producing gas, electricity and fertiliser which can then be

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This is known as an anaerobic digestion tank.

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Inside here is the digestate material, which is the end product

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from after the food product goes to our process.

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It's used as a rich fertiliser for farms in Surrey.

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But Paul says he can't understand why more London boroughs

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don't collect and recycle such valuable material.

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Of the 33 local authorities in London, only about 18 of them

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are actually segregating food waste and offering a segregated food waste

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That compares to cities like Milan, where they introduced a separated

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food waste collection service for their residents,

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and recycling rates went up from about 35% to over 56%

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Across town in Euston, and they do understand

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Using smart technology, they've cut it by 70%.

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It's a bit like a supermarket self checkout.

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All the waste is weighed, the only thing they have to do

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is tell the computer what type of food it is.

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In this kitchen, the Wellcome Trust, we've reduced food waste by 70%,

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preventing nearly 4.5 tonnes per year of food waste

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In the capital, ?2 billion worth of valuable food waste like this

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There are no openly gay professional football players in the league,

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which is why there's criticism of homophobia in the game.

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So Charlton Athletic has taken a stand and become the first

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professional club to affiliate itself with a team which

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It's hoped the move will help bring a change of attitude in the game.

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Tooting has made it into the top ten of the coolest places

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Yes, Lonely Planet calls Tooting's multiculturalism

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and originality, "captivating" - and it's the only place in Britain

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An area in Florence in Italy made it to number one.

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Tooting proudly came in after districts in New York,

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Lets see if the sun is shining on treating.

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It has been a better day today, we have had more in the way of blue

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skies. It looks good over the next few days, the bank holiday weekend,

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where we are going to see a lot of dry weather. Some sunshine around

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and if anything it should be a bit warmer than today. Quite chilly over

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the night, the cloud that developed has cleared away, clear skies and

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hardly a breath of wind. Temperatures down to nine or 10

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degrees. Chilly start first thing tomorrow. A bright and sunny

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picture, and will stay that way all morning, perhaps into the afternoon.

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A little bit of cloud heading our way. Not as much as today. With more

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sunshine around tomorrow, temperatures will be higher. We are

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looking at highs of 25 degrees, 77 Fahrenheit. Into the outlook over

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the weekend, looks good for the Notting Hill Carnival. A bit more

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cloud around. Should stay dry, more sunshine on the way as we head into

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Monday. National picture with Ben sunshine on the way as we head into

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Monday. National picture with Ben Rich.

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Good evening. Sometimes our weather brings us rapid changes, dramatic

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twists and turns. This is not one of those times. Things are moving very

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slowly at the moment. The sort of whether you had today is the sort of

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whether you will get tomorrow. Good news, probably,

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