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Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley to get rapid coronavirus testing kits

Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley are among the boroughs who will be receiving lateral flow tests for coronavirus, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, the government has confirmed today. Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the three authorities were among the 66 areas across England that will each receive 10,000 kits. Bromley, Southwark, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets […]

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Revive Gallions Reach and Belvedere river crossings, Bexley Council demands

Bexley Council has backed a call to bring forward new Thames road crossings at Gallions Reach and Belvedere, four years after the plans were dropped by London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan. A road crossing at Gallions Reach, between Thamesmead and Beckton, has been talked about in one form or another for decades; and Khan’s Conservative […]

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Royal Artillery Quays: ‘Nightmare’ for Thamesmead residents facing £13m cladding bill

Hundreds of Thamesmead residents fear they’ll be lumped with a £13m bill to remove potentially-disastrous flammable cladding from their tower block homes, with one describing the situation as an ongoing “nightmare”. Occupants in the Royal Artillery Quays development fear bankruptcy after being served a Section 20 notice – the first step in being charged with […]

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Bexley Labour members raise £6,000 for half-term meals after council refuses to step in

A push by Bexley Labour party members to raise funds to provide the borough’s hungry schoolchildren with free meals over the half-term break has blown through the £6,000-mark in just three days. The Feed Bexley Kids campaign is the latest local initiative stepping in after the government turned down a motion to extend free school meals into […]

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TfL bailout: ‘First Manchester, now Tories are coming for us’, Greenwich Council leader says

Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe has accused Boris Johnson’s government of “bringing a sledgehammer” to negotiations with cash-strapped Transport for London – saying the Conservatives had “finished with Manchester” and were “coming for us”. The Financial Times revealed last night that the government had threaten to take direct control of Transport for London unless Labour […]

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Lidl’s plans for supermarket at Mottingham’s Porcupine pub rejected

Councillors in Bromley have rejected plans to knock down the Porcupine pub in Mottingham and build a Lidl supermarket on the site. It is the second time the retail giant has tried to build a store on Mottingham Road, on the border with Greenwich borough, but it failed to convince councillors that enough had been […]

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Mayor drops legal challenge against new Belvedere incinerator

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has made the “difficult decision” to abandon a legal challenge against controversial plans for a new waste-burning incinerator by the Thames at Belvedere, with the cash-strapped office citing “substantial costs” of continuing with the case as the reason. Mr Khan’s office confirmed on Wednesday the judicial review, which had been due to […]

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Let us take over coronavirus testing, Greenwich Council leader demands

Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe is calling for the Westminster government to hand over the reins to coronavirus testing, citing “alarm and deep concern” after widespread reports of residents being directed to sites as far away as Wales and Leicester for testing. Thorpe and his deputy, Denise Scott-McDonald, will move a motion calling for control […]