30/08/2017 London News


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The chair of an independent inquiry into building regulations -

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prompted by the Grenfell fire - has told BBC London

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it's inevitable she'll find systematic failings.

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Dame Judith Hackitt also says she understands why residents

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in other tower blocks are so worried.

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In her first interview since being appointed, she has been

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speaking to our political correspondent Karl Mercer.

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Before the 14th June, few people had even heard of Grenfell Tower.

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Ten weeks later, it stands testament to

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a system that failed, to fire and building regulations

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that didn't do their job and to inspection regimes that

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And in the weeks since, tower blocks across the capital have had to be

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At the Chalcot Estate in Camden, hundreds had to leave their homes.

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At the Ledbury estate, the gas was turned off over safety fears.

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Today, the woman charged with looking at what went wrong with

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I can understand that people living in those tower blocks

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And it's important that we get some recommendations out quickly so that

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the right rectifications can be made and things can be

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Her inquiry will focus on fire and building regulations and

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In the wake of Grenfell Tower, the Government

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ordered tests on hundreds of pieces of cladding from tower blocks.

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I think it would be obvious to most people,

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having seen the data on the number of high rise buildings that where

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the tests have proven the cladding to be inadequate, it's clear to most

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people that there must be some problem that is bigger than

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Her findings will feed into the wider public inquiry being led

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by former judge, Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

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It may have hard lessons for many across the sector.

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I think it is inevitable that we are going to find some short

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What they will be, I'm not prepared to speculate at this stage.

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I think it's important that I look at all of those things, the

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competence of the people, how they work, whether people

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know what their roles and responsibilities are, all

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If a system is going to work effectively, it is

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not just about what's written down, it's about how it's applied

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Dame Judith has promised an initial report by the

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The Mayor's offering ?1 million of extra funding

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to encourage more trees, plants and green spaces

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in every neighbourhood - which anyone can apply for.

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This map gives a sense of how green our city is -

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As our Environment Correspondent Tom Edwards reports, getting London

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boroughs on board is key to making the scheme work.

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Kew Gardens enjoying the drizzle this morning.

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London is one of the greenest cities on the planet and

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there are now plans to make it greener.

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Today the mayor launched a ?1 million fund for community groups to

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He wants London to be a National Park city.

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Although pre-election promises of two million trees by 2020

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Where are we now with that target, is that still your ambition?

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Our manifesto was clear, we wanted to embark on a major

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We are well on the way to doing that.

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The two million target, you're not abiding by that now?

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My manifesto was quite clear in relation to a major

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I'm going to keep that promise to plant more trees in London.

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We will increase the tree canopy in London and I published

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recently my environment strategy and the ambition there is to have an

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increase of 10% of tree canopy across London.

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London's green spaces support 14,000 species.

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It has 3.8 million gardens and 47% is made up of green space or

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The ambition is to make that 50%.

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But that's not straight forward.

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This is is a community garden in Greenwich.

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Here there have been battles with the local council,

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This initiative is hopefully a step in the right

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direction, but I feel that the green spaces are under a lot of threat,

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with so many encroaching housing developments,

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not always sympathetic with the surrounding area.

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I feel they're a vital resource that do

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Do you acknowledge that the balance between

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housing and green spaces is a difficult one

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I don't think it is a choice between housing, jobs and green spaces.

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I have been here speaking to some of the scientists at Kew Gardens -

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Nonetheless, with pressure on space, serious challenges lie ahead to

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And our series on London in the future.

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It's thought that up to a third of the jobs we do now will no longer

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Automation, robots and the internet are set to dramatically

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Brother and sister, Daniel and Rachael,

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Here, children are imagining the world of work, but

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will these jobs even exist when they grow up?

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And while dentists will probably still exist in 30 years

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According to research by Deloitte, industries

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most at risk from machines will be transport, car repairs

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Across the world, two thirds of children entering

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primary school will end up working in jobs that don't yet exist.

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And how will they be created and what impact

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will that have on London's workforce?

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Jobs that pay ?30,000 or less today are eight times more

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likely to be automated than jobs that pay ?100,000 or more.

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Just imagine the scene when Mr and Mr 2000 sit down

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to breakfast with their very own automatic au pair.

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Some of us have long been promised that robots will

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change our lives, but just how realistic is that vision?

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At Deloitte's digital office, I met their robot Ada,

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who like us humans, was having an off day.

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We like to have this technology here so

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we can show it to clients, rather than talk to them about it.

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This is actually a virtual collaboration space.

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But other technology like virtual reality is allowing people

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So could this make the office redundant?

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Not quite, says the founder of this shared work space?

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What we are doing here is creating an environment in which

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We have found here at second home small

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teams work ten times faster than the national average,

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which is great, because it means more jobs and more growth.

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Few can predict exactly how the future will look, but for this

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generation, we know it will look very different.

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It was one of Diana's best kept secrets -

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her love of dance and how she would, away from the cameras,

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Her teacher was the world famous ballet dancer

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He's been speaking to our reporter Sarah Harris.

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The Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea,

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where it all started for

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one of the most famous ballet stars of his day, Wayne Sleep.

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It was in his heyday that he struck up a

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friendship with the then Princess of Wales.

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A closeness he still feels, 20 years after her death.

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And she used to come around to my flat, kick her

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heels off and walk around barefoot and just completely zonk out

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I felt that was so wonderful that she could feel so comfortable

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Diana famously loved to dance and wanted to perform to

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surprise her husband at the Royal Opera House.

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It was Wayne she chose to be her partner, despite their

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I mean the performance was as if she had

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I was worried that the nerves will get you

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Spotlights and you have got do a big routine.

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Your husband's watching, you haven't told him about it.

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You're going to ghet a rollicking probably.

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Next door to the Royal Academy and a certain Prince George will be

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starting this school in a few short weeks.

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And guess what, he will be having ballet lesson with a

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His grandmother supported ballet until the end of her life.

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Including helping Wayne's foundation for young

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Wayne believes she will be delighted George is to take lessons

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It makes your mind quick and it is very good exercise.

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That's it form me, so I'll say goodnight and here's Darren Bett

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The weather can't get any worse. This was Twickenham and temperatures

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struggled to reach 15 degrees. Tomorrow it will be warmer, but some

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showers in the afternoon. We have seen the back of the rain. It is

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heading east and tonight we will have clear skies. But there will be

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hardly any wind and it will be quite chilly. Down to eight or nine

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degrees. Tomorrow, we start bright and sunny. It will warm up quickly

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and the cloud will bubble up by the end of the morning and some showers

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arriving particularly in the afternoon. There could be some slow

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moving and heavy down pours. A bit hit and miss. Temperatures higher

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than today at 21 degrees. We have got some sunshine on Friday. A small

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chance of a shower. A fine day on Saturday. Clouding over on Sunday.

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The big picture is with Ben. We still have one full day of August

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to run. But in some places today it felt like September had long since

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arrived. We had a lot of cloud, some rain, particularly towards the

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south-east and temperatures no higher than 13 degrees in some

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spots. It was nice in County Down and the cloud that brought the rain

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and chilly conditions has been clearing away to the east. Clearer

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skies following with just some showers. That is the sort of weather

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we take with us through tonight. Some clear skies, maybe the odd fog

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