Much-loved Porcupine pub in Mottingham to finally be demolished – making way for Lidl supermarket

The seven-year saga surrounding Mottingham’s Porcupine pub is set to finally be resolved next week – with controversial plans to demolish the old boozer likely to get the go-ahead. Council officers will recommend councillors approve Lidl’s scheme to knock-down the once-loved pub, in Mottingham Road, for a new supermarket, in a special meeting of the development control committee on Tuesday.

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Greenwich council forced to apologise after accusing member of public of calling employee a “monkey”, a “slave” and a “zombie”

The local government watchdog has ordered Greenwich council to apologise to a member of the public accused of calling a staff member a “monkey”, a “slave” and a “zombie” during a heated phone call, after the authority was found to have no evidence to support the claim.

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Police want Woolwich off-licence stripped of its right to sell booze after 12-year-old seen selling alcohol at shop

Police will push for a Woolwich off-licence to be stripped of its permission to serve alcohol after a 12-year-old boy was witnessed selling booze to customers at the business. Blessing Snacks, in Frances Street, also known as CB Food Stores, is set to have its licence reviewed at a Greenwich Council meeting on Tuesday.

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Kitchen assistant on road to her dream of becoming a hotel manager

A kitchen assistant has reached a landmark in her ambition to one day study at university and become a hotel manager – by getting two crucial qualifications. Ugandan-born Aida Nakabugo, 56, from Woolwich, decided two years ago to take her GCSE maths and English exams – and has now bagged passes in both subjects by studying at London South East Colleges’ Greenwich Campus.

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Future of South London pubs and clubs under threat due to 10pm curfew

Scores of high profile pubs and clubs face an existential threat because of the 10pm curfew they have to impose under current government restrictions. The capital’s most iconic gay venue, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) in Kennington Lane, is one of the landmarks facing a cash crisis if huge losses are not averted during the winter, they say.

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