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Locations for 50 new water fountains revealed

Person drinking water
PA Media

The locations for 50 new public water fountains to be installed around the capital have been revealed by the mayor.

Sites where they will be placed will include 20 rail and Underground stations, as well as high streets, parks and shopping areas.

A network of 28 fountains have already been installed through a partnership with Thames Water, while a further 50 will be delivered in the future as part of efforts to reduce plastic waste.

Sadiq Khan said: "With plastics polluting our oceans and causing untold harm to life in our rivers and waterways, it’s vital that we all make changes to reduce plastic waste."

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Council branded 'hypocritical' over plastic cup usage

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lewisham Council bought 144,000 disposable plastic cups in the 12 months ending March.

The figures have been labelled “hypocritical” by Lewisham and Greenwich London Assembly candidate for the Conservatives, Charlie Davis, since the authority last November moved a motion to ban single use plastics and in February declared a climate emergency.

The cups were bought to stock Laurence House, the Town Hall, Civic Suite and Eros House.

The declaration came a month before the FOI period ended.

But Mr Davis said the authority was not moving as quickly as others to change its practices, such as Greenwich Council, which has pledged to remove single use plastics from its buildings by 2020.

Councillor Sophie McGeevor said the council had already made a commitment to end the use of single and short term use plastic in council buildings, offices, schools and nurseries by May 2022.

But the cabinet member for environment and transport said the council had stopped restocking the cups, but much more needed to be done.

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