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Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hammersmith police station

Hammersmith Police Station is due to reopen in spring 2020, a year later than previously reported.

The former 1930s Grade II-listed police station in Shepherd’s Bush Road closed in late 2016 to undergo a huge £59 million expansion.

Improved horse stables will be included in the station, as well as new custody cells, modern offices for its criminal investigation department, and underground parking.

At this time, a concrete shell of the new building can be seen on the site. Scotland Yard this week confirmed the station’s new opening time.

Previous reports in trade press from when the project began stated that it would open in early 2019.

The Met Police confirmed the 2020 reopening date, but would not comment further.

Statues become focus of Dementia Week in London

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Roosevelt and Churchill statue
Westminster Council

The unusual sight of iconic statues of Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill and Mozart draped in yellow scarves decorated with blue Forget Me Not flowers, has greeted many workers and visitors to central London in recent days.

The “forget me not” scarves appeared on 11 statues in central and west London to mark Dementia Action Week, led by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Westminster Council, which has nearly 1,800 residents suffering with the degenerative condition, this week decorated several statues, including:

  • The Allies (Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt) in Bond Street
  • Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street
  • The Ballet Dancer in Covent Garden
  • Woman of Samaria, aka the Water Carrier, in Berkeley Square, Mayfair
  • Mozart in Ebury Street, Belgravia
  • King Charles I in Whitehall

And there are five more in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where the council says 1,500 of its residents have the condition.

  • The Venus fountain, Sloane Square
  • St Volodymyr the Great in Holland Park
  • A Moment of Peril at the Leighton House Museum
  • The Boy with Dolphin by the Albert Bridge
  • The Boy David at Chelsea Embankment

One in six people in the UK who are aged 80+ have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. And it currently affects some 850,000 people.

Today's photo of London

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Afternoon weather: Sunshine but patchy cloud

BBC Weather

This afternoon will have some sunshine but patchy cloud will tend to develop, bringing a scattering of showers.

Gentle north-westerly breezes. Maximum temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F)

Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, in Central London.

London - Slow traffic on Roads in the Central London junction, because of A climate change demonstration.

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New mayor to ditch grace and favour limo

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Long-serving councillor Tony Louki has been elected as Hounslow’s new Mayor, and far from indulging in the comforts of his new position, the 59-year-old has pledged to leave the limo at home and use public transport instead.

Mr Louki was first nominated to represent Isleworth North ward in 1990 and 1994 before being re-elected in Osterley & Spring Grove in 2014 and 2018.

The appointments were made at the annual meeting of the council earlier this week.

Mr Louki said it was an honour and a privilege to accept the role.

“I will fulfil my responsibilities as Mayor with the energy, enthusiasm and commitment the position demands.

“I shall also, bar the odd barbecue, do my very best to be carbon minimal: public transport, electric or hybrid pool car and, unless circumstances prevent, minimal Mayoral limo use.”

Due to celebrate his own 60th birthday this year, the Mayor chose Hounslow Seniors Trust as the first of his two charities for the year.

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Today's weather: Warm with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will remain fine and warm with a good deal of sunny spells around today.

However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

Travel update: Problems on the Tube

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BBC Radio London Travel

A signal failure at Barking means that the Hammersmith and City Line is suspended between Liverpool Street and Barking, and the District Line is suspended between Barking and Upminster.

South Western Railway services are disrupted through Staines due to a signalling problem.

Trains will be delayed, cancelled or revised. The disruption is expected to continue until 11:00.

For the latest updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

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Afternoon weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

Any patchy cloud will disperse this evening, along with any isolated showers fading, to leave a dry and largely clear night with a few mist patches in places.

Minimum Temperature: 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

Tidemill protestors leave camp

Bridie Witton

Local Democracy Reporter, Southwark

Campaigners protesting the Tidemill garden and Reginald House demolition plans have left their camp on the green, but vow their protest is not over.

The camp sprung up after scores of bailiffs evicted campaigners from the Tidemill garden with security guarding the site from last October costing Lewisham Council more than £1 million, figures suggest.

Protestors had pushed for new plans to be drawn to keep the garden and 16 flats at Reginald House.

An eviction hearing was expected today but campaigners have agreed to leave the green to avoid having to pay costs to the council, a Save Tidemill Save Reginald spokesperson said. This comes after an initial eviction hearing was adjourned to allow the campaigners to file a defence.

The spokesperson said: “We are withdrawing amicably from the protest camp, but our campaign against this misplaced development continues.

“Through the council’s failure to recognise the human rights issues involved in the protest camp, we have secured a two and a half month delay to the plans for the site, which should have encouraged Lewisham Council and Peabody to think again,” they said.

But the campaign, which has been ongoing since 2012, will continue to push for demolition plans for Reginald House to be dropped, they said. “We continue to demand that the council give up on the proposed destruction of Reginald House, where 80 per cent of residents want to stay but have been denied a ballot by the council,” the spokesperson added.

“We put up 72 white crosses to commemorate the trees that were destroyed in the garden, and we have continued to secure community support for resistance to these ill-conceived plans. Plans between the council and Peabody include the demolition of the garden and 16 homes in Reginald House to make way for a 209-house development – with 104 new homes to be let at ‘genuinely affordable’ rent.

Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Paul Bell, said he was pleased the scheme could now progress.

He said: “I am pleased that we can progress the scheme to house people, and hope we can avoid any unnecessary eviction.

“I respect their right to protest. We all live in a democracy,” he added. When asked if he would do anything differently, he said the council would internally review the saga “in due course”.

“With everything, we need to look at what worked, and what could’ve worked better,” he explained.

Lewisham Homes and Lewisham Council U-turned on plans for a housing development in Sydenham following stiff local opposition, but the council “couldn’t have that detailed re-look” at the Tidemill development, he said.

“But I think the 104 new social homes speaks for itself,” he added. “We have a long way to go. I am pleased now the scheme which is very delayed can go forward.” Demolition work at the garden began the same day Lewisham declared a climate emergency, in a move campaigners branded as hypocrisy.

Air pollution at nearby Deptford Church Street was found to be at six times the safety levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to experts at Goldsmiths.

Afternoon weather: Fine, dry and warm

BBC Weather

A dry, fine and rather warm afternoon, with sunny spells and some fair-weather cloud developing.

Winds will be light.

Maximum Temperature: 20C to 23CC (68F to 73F).

Travel update: Jubilee Line problems

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BBC Radio London Travel

There is currently no service on the Jubilee Line between Finchley Road and Waterloo and severe delays on the rest of the line due to track fault at Bond Street.

And there are delays of up to 20 minutes on Thameslink between Blackfriars and St Pancras International due to signalling problem.

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