09/07/2017 London News


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Now on BBC1, it's time for the news wherever you are.

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A London borough is promising a vote which it says could help it take

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back control from the Mayor and City Hall. Favouring council is

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considering whether to no longer be involved in London's decision-making

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because some say they do not identify with the capital.

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Dan Freedman has been looking at what's causing some people to NOT

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VOICEOVER: Since the year 2000, City Hall has been in charge

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of London's planning, the police, transport,

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the Fire Service, and environmental issues in the capital.

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This year, the mayor's budget for all of that is ?16 billion.

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It's likely you spend about ?23 a month, contributing towards that

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as part of your council tax, but just as some of London's Brexit

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heartlands wanted to take power and influence away from the EU,

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now one London borough wants to be free of this administration.

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We raise tax through the GLA precept, which is given over

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to the mayor, then we have to beg for that money back.

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So you think Havering would be better off out?

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And you think people support this? Yes.

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Here in the London borough of Havering it's market day.

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We are just 12 miles from the centre of London,

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but do people here feel like they are part of the capital?

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I feel like I'm a bit of both. So a bit Essex and London.

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Do you think Sadiq Khan, City Hall

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should have control of your life?

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On Wednesday the council will vote on a motion introduced

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by Ukip to make Havering a unitary authority.

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A move being described here, jokingly, as "Hexit".

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It does tap into a sense of people frustrated with the people who make

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A year ago, it was the people in Brussels, now it seems to be

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Sadiq Khan says he doesn't think councillors

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will give this motion the time of day.

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Most here admit that Hexit seems unlikely, but it was only this time

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last year that similar frustrations meant a break from convention.

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STUDIO: The air in the Underground has come under scrutiny today

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following reports that it could lead to lung disease and

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Transport for London has said that the air quality

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is within safety guidelines following a freedom of information

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It found that passengers could inhale up to 12 million

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toxic particles a minute, largely produced by wheels

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One of two new Woolwich Ferries being built is to be

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named after a teenager who drowned while working

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Nineteen-year-old Ben Woollacot was dragged overboard while mooring

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VOICEOVER: For six generations, the Woollacott family have worked

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Steve, from Swanley in Kent, was trained up by his dad,

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who was a boat man, and he in turn taught both his sons,

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He just loved the way of life, the friendship, the camaraderie,

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just working on the river, you know, you're in the heart

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his 19-year-old son Ben died in an accident,

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while working as a deck hand onboard the Woolwich Ferry.

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It's hard to put into words, you lost your son.

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He'll always be with us, I believe we'll meet up again.

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You know, being out on the river, it's like he's here,

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like his spirit's still here, as far as I'm concerned.

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Following a local campaign, Transport for London has decided

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to name one of the new Woolwich ferries, currently

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We had lots of approaches from people

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about the naming of the new vessels.

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Of course we talked to the crews, the staff on the ferry,

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we talked to local people and everyone was unanimous that

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naming one of the boats after Ben Woollacott was a really

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good thing to do, a nice thing to do.

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For us it is very special to remember Ben, bearing in mind

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we are river families, and you often hear the Woolwich

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ferry calling out, so we will always hear Ben's name when they make

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The new ferries should be ready by next year.

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Steve hopes his family's special bond with the river will continue.

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STUDIO: Now the weather, with Elizabeth.

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Overnight tonight, quite warm it will feel, 16, 17 degrees, a dry and

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bright early start, some sunny spells around, then we will see some

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showers spreading from the South, always heavy as the further east you

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are. Possibly some showers out west, there could be some interruptions to

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play at Wimbledon. Temperatures tomorrow, 24, 20 5 degrees, cooler

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for the rest of the week, quite unsettled at times. That is if the

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BBC London weekend team, good night. -- that is it from the BBC London

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weekend team. -- that is it from the BBC London

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weekend team. Relatively dry and warm weekend,

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some rain across parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland, here, sun

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setting over London early on in the evening ahead of a muggy night here,

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through the week, more changeable weather on the cards, some rain at

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times, will come rain for some of us, hot and sticky, things turning

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cooler over the next few days, less humid, still warm and muggy across

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parts of England and Wales. Tonight, a few heavy showers and

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thunderstorms across parts of the East Midlands and East Anglia. The

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odd rumble of thunder. Temperatures holding up around 17 degrees,

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pressure towards the north-west, with a weak frontal system.

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Tomorrow, that will bring rain, at the north-east of England, and then

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a day of sunny spells and

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