Councils oppose 24-storey block in Ladbroke Grove

Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea councils have objected to proposals to build a 24-storey tower block in Scrubs Lane. The plans for more than 200 flats, on an area of warehouses beside the grade I-listed St Mary’s Cemetery, were submitted by City and Docklands Ltd. The company calls the development the North Kensington Gate.

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Kensington and Chelsea residents urged to reuse and recycle

Savvy residents are getting extra help to keep their broken possessions out of landfill in a week of free repairs and workshops. Last year residents in Kensington and Chelsea threw away more than 1,000 tonnes of clothes and textiles in their bins or as recycling. And they could be shelling out for new items when they could actually be repaired.

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Inspector saw no faults with Grenfell Tower before tragedy, inquiry hears

A council building inspector in charge of inspecting Grenfell Tower to check up on the work said he did not see any issues he needed to bring to the attention of bosses. John Hoban, who resigned from his job at Kensington and Chelsea council in March 2017, just months before the fatal fire, told the Grenfell Inquiry he was struggling with a huge workload.

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West End arts festival Inside Out postponed until next year

An open-air arts festival due to take place in the West End in a few days’ time has been postponed to next year, just two weeks after it was announced. Westminster council was a key backer of the Inside Out Festival, which was only announced on September 17, and was due to take place between Thursday, October 1 and Sunday, October 4.

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Plans for north Kensington Crossrail station back on track

Kensington and Chelsea council has confirmed it is in talks with Network Rail on producing a feasibility study that could lead to the “Kensal Portobello Station” being built. Also called the Elizabeth Line, the 73-mile underground route will link Shenfield in Essex to Reading in Berkshire, with branches to Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood in South-east London.

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Residents trapped in Grenfell Tower thought police helicopters were there to rescue them, inquiry hears

Emergency service call handlers must be clear that police helicopters are not able to rescue people, after residents trapped in Grenfell Tower thought they could. New recommendations call for clearer information after a man who lost family members in the tragedy complained that people thought six police helicopters which flew near the burning building had come to rescue them. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) looked into his concerns and warned call handlers to be clear after people thought the helicopter would be a lifeline out of the burning building in 2017.

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Online beer tasting and speed dating – fresher’s week 2020 style at colleges such as Goldsmiths and Imperial

By Rachael Burford, Local Democracy Reporter
London universities are rolling out a string of measures to keep students socially distanced during fresher’s week – including asking them to do online speed dating and beer tasting. Student unions and universities have been working with councils over the summer break to ensure campuses are “Covid secure” for the start of term, with students unable to meet up in groups of more than six.

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