23/02/2018 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.

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I'm Victoria Hollins.

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There's no debate about

whether London needs more homes.

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But how those homes are built,

and where they are built is a much

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more controversial issue.

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The Mayor has plans to build 600,000

new properties in 10 years.

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But he's facing growing opposition

from outer London boroughs,

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who say Sadiq Khan's plans will lead

to uncontrolled development.

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Gareth Furby reports.

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In the borough of Richmond,

there's an old college playing field

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where they've started digging,

and some green space

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will be lost to make way

for new schools and a business hub.

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But the council leader's

happy about it.

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It's a development that works

because it's been thought through.

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Local partners have been brought

together and we planned it.

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But what hasn't been

thought through, he claims,

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is the Mayor of London's plan

for many new homes,

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which he believes could lead

to uncontrolled development that

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wrecks the borough's character.

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And he's written an open letter

to residents saying this.

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This plan, if implemented

as currently proposed,

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will have an enormous impact

on our borough.

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The Mayor of London's plan

is for 600,000 new homes

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in ten years, with 8000 in Richmond

borough, which is one

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of the greenest in London.

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But looking at the map,

the council leader says such a dash

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for growth will come at a cost.

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We've got playing fields and green

spaces under threat already,

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so additional pressure of small site

development, local infill,

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without the ability to strategically

plan, is going to put pressure

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on all of our other remaining local

green spaces and playing fields.

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And it's not just in Richmond

that they are rebelling.

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Over in south-east London,

Bexley Council says its suburban

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streets could be changed forever.

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Councillor Bailey, who has lived

here for more than 30 years,

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says in some areas developers

could just buy up and knock down

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the semis like dominoes.

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You see the houses behind me?

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This would be an ideal location

for a developer to come along,

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buy those two houses,

knock them down and put a block

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of flats there with no parking.

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An independent calculation prepared

for some councils claims the target

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in inner London is up 41%,

and in outer London it is up 114%.

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So far, Richmond, Kingston, Bexley

and Bromley are known to be unhappy,

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and it's understood at least eight

councils may make formal objections.

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I think if boroughs are saying

they don't agree with our plan,

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they are either saying

they would build on the green belt,

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or they are saying they don't have

an answer to the housing crisis.

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What we are saying is that we need

to massively increase the level

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of housing that we are building

in the capital, and we've identified

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a way to do that in London

without building on the green belt.

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City Hall says it wants

to work with the boroughs.

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Responses to the plan have to be

in by the end of the month.

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Gareth Furby, BBC London News.

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Alpa Patel joins me.

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Alpa, the mayor wants to build

600,000 homes, but will he?

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Well, there is no doubt that London

needs these new homes. They are all

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put under pressure by London's

growing population. We are growing

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by about 100,000 every year. So, the

plan is to build 60,000, on average,

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homes every year. So, the Mayor

doesn't want to build on green belt

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land, as we know. He needs to go to

the outer boroughs for help. As we

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heard in Gareth's report, the outer

boroughs do not want house building

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on green space, on the playing

fields. It is perhaps no coincidence

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that the four boroughs mentioned in

the report are Tory, Richmond,

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Bexley, Bromley and Kingston,

objecting to the London Mayor's

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plans. Local elections are just a

couple of months away and housing is

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a key issue. That is why this

dispute matters.

Thank you.

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The police watchdog has said five

officers should face charges

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of gross misconduct over the death

in custody of a mentally ill man

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in south London ten years ago.

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Sean Rigg, who suffered

from paranoid schizophrenia,

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was arrested and forcefully

restrained.

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He collapsed after being put

in a holding area at Brixton

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police station and died

from a heart attack.

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Last year the Crown Prosecution

Service decided that none

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of the officers involved should

face criminal charges.

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It began life as a small London

company but became a business

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that was advertised all over

the capital, with

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almost a dozen stores.

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Now, after going into

administration, Warren Evan's

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customers could be left

out of pocket.

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The stores close tomorrow.

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Chris Rogers has the story.

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Warren Evans was a

London success story.

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This promotional video showing how

it only sells and makes

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ethically-produced furniture,

which made it a firm

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favourite for green buyers.

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Founded in 1978 and funded with

a couple of hundred pounds Mr Evans

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borrowed from his sister,

it expanded to 14 showrooms

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across the south-east.

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I have been making beds, and selling

quality mattresses with them,

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and designing under-bed storage

units, chests of drawers and all

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of this, for 32 years.

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It's my passion to deliver quality.

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But the retailer became the latest

victim of the capital's nervous

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spending and weak pound.

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It's collapsed leaving 270

people without a job

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and a trail of customers

without their pre-ordered goods.

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Kath Goodwin is heading

to the warehouse in Walthamstow

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to appeal to the administrators

face-to-face to refund her £700

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for a mattress she will never get.

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They did not seem 100% sure

I would get my money back

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because I didn't pay on a credit

card but a debit card instead.

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So, yes, I am potentially set

to lose almost £800.

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Which is too much to lose, really.

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If I wanted to just lose it,

I'd have thrown it in the bin.

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The advice is not to purchase big

orders like furniture

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on a debit card or with cash

in these uncertain times -

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advice Kath and many other

customers didn't take.

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Leaving them at the mercy of their

bank's goodwill for reimbursement.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out

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That's it for now from me,

but let's find out

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what the weathers up

to with Ben Rich.

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A beautiful way the EU weekend to

get out and about if you are

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appropriately dressed. It will feel

cold. A lovely end to the day for

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Barbara in Bromley. After that

financed the day we have clear skies

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to take us through the rest of the

night. It is already getting cold

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out there. The temperatures will

continue to drop in the centre of

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town below freezing, maybe down to

-54 -6 in prone spots. This

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shimmering effect shows the extent

of the frost tomorrow morning. Watch

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as it eventually melts away from the

map through the morning. It will

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take a while for temperatures to

lift. When they do, it is a nice

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looking afternoon. Some nice spells

of sunshine. Notice the strength of

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the easterly wind, making it feel

pretty chilly. It will feel colder

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still on Sunday. As we get into next

week, temperatures will struggle to

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get above freezing.

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