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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Chris Rogers.
There could be dire
consequences for the capital
following the collapse
of construction giant Carillion -
one union is warning the full
impact is not yet known.
BBC London has learnt that
a multi-million pound development
at one of our busiest hospitals
has been hit as a result.
And we've also discovered
that the Met police has
contracts with the company.
Here's our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer.
St Helier is in need of repair.
These parts of the Sutton hospital
are well past their sell by date.
Which is why bosses here decided
they needed to shell out £12
million on repairs.
It's the biggest refurb
the hospital has ever had,
and will see windows
and roofs replaced.
The outer walls
strengthened and repaired.
Only yesterday the work hit a snag.
Carillion - a major
sub-contractor on this
project, and one not living up
to its billboard promises.
Yesterday work here stopped.
Some workers were on site today.
But their future too is uncertain
past the end of the week.
The hospital chief executive was not
available per interview today, but
he did tell me last night worker
stopped yesterday. He is in urgent
talks with contractors to see what
happens. He is either a statement in
which he said he was grateful to
stop still working on site despite
the uncertainty. He said, we are
working hard to find a solution to
enable the work to continue as
The improvement works are very badly
The St Helier redevopment,
like most, is done with the help
of private contractors,
under the sort of scheme brought
in by the Prime Minister, who first
introduced the private finance
initiative to Britain,
and was born in this hospital.
Local MPs today hope his scheme
will still go ahead
on time and on budget.
You've got the hospital at maximum
capacity because of the winter.
Every bed used. At the same time as
you are trying to replace Windows,
make sure there is a new roof and to
actually make sure there is no water
getting in. It is not
straightforward. But I do have
confidence that it will continue and
we desperately needed.
executive is making sure something
and get sorted out. It is a worry
that we don't want any further
delay. We want to make sure we have
costs right as well. We have only
got a limited budget. It is
important that we are on the case
It's not just the public sector
affected by Carillion's collapse.
This housing development
in Central London left quiet today.
Workers simply coming back
to pick up their tools.
And unions warning the full effects
are yet to be felt in the capital.
It's not just Carillion. It is many
thousands of construction workers,
small companies, medium-sized
companies, who are literally
wondering what will happen at the
end of today, tomorrow, the end of
The coming days will
be difficult for many
connected with Carillion.
Workers - and those
who depended on its services.
And it's emerged the
Metropolitan Police is also
affected, with Carillion involved in
four South London police stations.
They prepare exhibits
for court cases, provide some
of the custody services,
processing people through
the system, and do maintenance
and electrical work.
They also have an even bigger
contract, which is operating
and managing the Metropolitan
Police's specialist training
centre in Gravesend,
where they train officers
in public order,
how to deal with rioting,
with seige situations - and they
have a shooting range there.
The Met Police and Mopac -
the Mayor's Office for Policing
and Crime - say they have
contingency plans which suggests
the staff will stay there
for the immediate future.
I wouldn't want people to think that
if there were to be any difficulty,
that would cause the Met to come to
a halt. It absolutely wouldn't.
These are important contracts for
us. The people who work in Carillion
are concerned about their futures,
we understand that. At the moment we
have no break in service and it is
the intention of the mayor and me to
make sure that continues into the
A decision on a controversial
regeneration plan for south london
is expected tonight.
Councillors are still meeting
to consider plans to demolish
the shopping centre
and neighbouring buildings.
Nearly 1000 new homes are planned,
but protestors who stormed
the council offices say
not enough of them affordable.
Ayshea Buksh has been
at the meeting tonight.
Chris, the future of
the elephant and Castle shopping
centre has been on the table through
many years. This is the third scheme
that the council has considered in
the last 20 years. The current plans
are to demolish the centre and the
surrounding areas, and to replace it
with new homes, shops and leisure
facilities. Before the meeting
started there was a protest which
started at the elephant and Castle
roundabout. They marched through the
London Bridge area onto the offices
here. The meeting was ticketed. Some
of the protestors, frustrated at not
being able to get in, stormed the
building. Earlier I spoke to some of
the demonstrators on the march and
asked why they are so against this
We can't afford luxury flats. It is
pushing poor people out of their
local area, their communities.
will be destroyed. The traders,
Around 100 businesses run by
Latin American traders with their
families are being affected.
As I left the meeting, councillors
were quizzing the developers over
various issues. There are plans for
nearly a thousand new homes. All
will be privately rented. Some of
the objections that were voiced by
different people at the meeting were
over the lack of affordable homes
and light blocking existing
residencies. The Latin American
community have many shops and
restaurants within the centre. The
council say this is a long-held
ambition and aspiration to redevelop
the centre. They want to make it a
good place to live for a new and
Jewish and Muslim families
in North London say their elderly
relatives are moving away,
because they're worried
about what will happen
if they die living in the area.
They say the local coroner
won't honour their traditions
of burying people immediately.
Victoria Cook has more.
Helen Langberg lost two
relatives in the same year.
It's Jewish custom to bury
the deceased immediately.
But they were left waiting for days
for the coroner to release the body.
Every day, every minute, every hour
was more anxious. We were fretting
and worrying. We didn't know when it
was going to be.
And they aren't the only family
in North London affected.
Many elderly people want to move
away from the area because they are
frightened of dying, their loved
ones, their children shouldn't
suffer, that they can't be buried at
the right time. It is important for
Jewish and Muslim families
say their religious beliefs aren't
being considered by the coroner.
I've had many families
from Jewish and Muslim
families in tears, not able
to bury their loved ones.
For nonreligious people, they may
say that everybody should be treated
fairly in order. What do you say to
This is not about jumping the
queue. I would not advocate that.
Everybody should be treated on an
equal basis. Equality means also
understanding people's religions.
Britain is a diverse country. There
are no specific laws about burial
timings but the Ministry of Justice
hats to set guidelines. They say a
coroner should, where possible, take
into consideration religious beliefs
A solicitor representing
people from the Jewish
community says the coroner
is in breach of human rights laws.
He's now applying
for a judicial review.
Most people in Britain really don't
care, they are not in a rush. Burial
takes place a week or more after
death. Some faiths, Muslims and
Jewish people, need to bury
immediately. It is part of their
faith. Therefore, being able to do
so wouldn't in any way harmed those
who simply are not in a rush.
The coroner for Inner North
London wouldn't comment.
But in a letter to the community
There are now calls
for the coroner to step down or be
The introduction of what is believe
to be the Uk's first ever buffer
zone to stop protestors
from gathering outside
an abortion clinic, has come
a step closer tonight.
Campaigners have welcomed a vote
by ealing council to begin a public
consultation into the plans to stop
outside a Marie Stopes
clinic in the borough.
That's it for now from me.
But let's find out
what the weather's up
to with Stav Danaos.
It has been very cold today. Plenty
of sunshine. We had some wintry
showers in southern areas,
particularly across the Downs. For
most it would be a dry, clear and
chilly night. Watch out for some icy
patches. It would be a cold night.
Tomorrow, a fine day again for our
region. It will be sunny, cold and
windy. It will be windy through the
morning. The odd passing shower
could be possible. Lots of sunshine
into the afternoon. Wrap up if you
are heading out. Then we see a spell
of wet and windy weather spreading
across the region over a Wednesday
night. Very briefly milder with this
spell of gales and rain. It will
turn cold on Thursday morning. A
windy start to Thursday. A few
showers around. Plenty of sunny
spells. Temperatures between eight
and 9 degrees. Things calm down
towards the end of the week.