Almost 60 babies have been taken into care through court orders in Greenwich in the past decade.
A freedom of information request has revealed that, since 2008, 59 babies have been subject to a section 31 care proceeding within a week of their birth.
A S31 is a court order allowing children to be taken from their parents and placed into the care of the local authority – Greenwich Council.
Responsibility is split between the council and the baby’s family.
Orders such as these are only made if a court is satisfied the baby could come into harm or potential harm if the child remained solely with its parents.
In the last year there has been an increase in the number of these orders being carried out, with 10 in total made in 2017/18, the highest annual number in the past decade.
Greenwich 'worst pass rate for English and maths GCSE'
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Greenwich has the worst pass rates for English and Maths GCSEs in London, new data has shown.
Figures published by the Department for Education show a breakdown of how many pupils are hitting the coveted 9-4 pass grades in the key subjects.
The way GCSEs are graded changed last year, with 1-9 scale replacing standard grades of A*-F in most exams.
A pass grade, previously a C, is now a 4, with the top score of 9 reflecting the need for a grade higher than the old A*.
Figures for this year’s results show that 42% of Greenwich students didn’t reach the required passing grade in English and maths, with just 58% of pupils achieving a 9-4 result.
This is the lowest pass rate in the capital, with the next closest result coming out of Lambeth where 59.6% of students achieved a 9-4 grade.
Greenwich Council said it was planning to meet headteachers to turn the situation around.
A spokesman said: “The council and some schools are very disappointed by the 2018 GCSE results.
“While the borough is at the national average for attainment 8, our position in London is clearly not where we want it to be. We are working closely with our schools and supporting them to turn this situation around.
“A series of meetings have been arranged with head teachers to discuss the schools’ results. We are confident that schools have robust action plans in place to ensure results are improved for 2019."
Pub closing times to be reviewed after complaints
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tired neighbours have asked councillors to look again at a Georgian pub’s closing times because of alleged noise from customers in the beer garden.
Residents living near to the Cutty Sark Tavern in Ballast Quay claim the pub’s garden is frequently noisy well past the clearing time set out in the boozer’s current licence.
Punters are allowed to stay in the garden – which can fit up to 100 people in – up until 23:00 most nights.
On behalf of residents, Greenwich councillor Chris Lloyd has applied for the current arrangements to be reconsidered.
In his application for a review, the councillor wrote: “The current time of 23:00 Monday to Saturday, 22:30 and Sunday at 22:30, with pub noise frequently continuing well beyond this time, is anti-social and has a detrimental effect on residents’ quality of life, and the enjoyment of their homes.
“They would like the committee to consider this amendment and in fairness to bring the licence into line with other pubs abutting residential areas, most of which have a more reasonable clearance time of 10pm or earlier.”
The Cutty Sark has been a pub since 1795, and since 2012 has been part of Young and Co’s brewery. The application will be considered next week.
Developer 'disappointed' over decision to block 771 homes
The developer behind plans to build 771 new homes in south-east London said it is disappointed the proposals were rejected by the local council.
Greenwich Council's planning committee on Monday rejected the proposals for 11 new buildings providing homes, retail and restaurant space and a leisure centre on an industrial estate off Anchor and Hope Lane in Charlton.
A spokesperson for the company said: “We have
been working closely with the local community and Greenwich Council throughout
the development of this proposal to ensure that it delivers what the borough
needs and wants.
"We are disappointed that the chance to deliver much needed new
homes in this opportunity area, of which 35% are proposed to be affordable, has
been refused and that this aspiration will be further delayed.
"But, we remain
committed to continue working with stakeholders to find a solution for this
site that works for everyone."
Squeeze singer speaks out against Charlton housing plan
Local Democracy Reporting Service
A controversial plan for 770 Charlton homes was sent "up the junction" following an objection from Squeeze singer Glenn Tilbrook.
Greenwich councillors unanimously threw out Rockwell Homes's proposals to bulldoze an industrial estate in Hope and Anchor Lane to make room for 11 tower blocks.
The decision, last night, was cheered by objectors, who delivered a 600-strong petition against the proposals.
Among those who spoke out was the Squeeze front man, who said the project would impact on his studio in Charlton.
He said last night: "I'd like to talk about my studio which is at the back of the development site. I've been trying to engage with Rockwell about my access rights, the replies I've had have not been sufficient.
"Access for me is important. Squeeze work in the studio, we are in and out every weekend during festival season, late at night sometimes. This access is not guaranteed.
"Noise in and noise out, my studio will be rendered unusable during the building process. When building work is going on vibrations will carry, noise will carry.
"The studio is situated away from Derrick & Atlas gardens. The development as it stands at 10 storeys will be very close to my studio, and there has been no provision made for proper soundproofing.
"It feels like Rockwell will drive a coach and horses through my studio, as indeed they will be driving a coach and horses through the Charlton masterplan."
The "Cool for Cats" singer was referring to Greenwich Council's £800K planning vision for Charlton, which objectors said the developers ignored when submitting their proposals.
The Charlton Riverside Masterplan was adopted by the council last year and sets out a vision for thousands of homes and additional infrastructure.
Chairing the meeting, Cllr Sarah Merrill said: "The community in Charlton bought into the masterplan. It sets a clear vision. I think this application in absolutely no way resembles the spirit of the masterplan, in terms of height, massing and design. Some of the design is resemblant of Stalingrad."
Rockwell had proposed 770 new homes, the majority of which were two bed, at 35% affordable housing, and said the plans would also bring jobs.
New events arena for Greenwich Peninsula
A new events and conference centre could be built on Greenwich Peninsula next to the O2 Arena.
Knight Dragon Developments have submitted plans for a temporary two-storey "multi-purpose event centre" to host a range of functions such as "conferences, brand events, exhibitions and
live music" to Greenwich Council.
Planning officers have recommended the authority approve the building, which would use the site for eight to 10 years and "help visually elevate the western side of the peninsula", according to planning documents submitted to the council.
The scheme, officers wrote in a report to the planning committe, "will allow
for an effective use of the site [...] by providing increased opportunities for art, culture and entertainment
nearby to the established O2 Arena".
Committee members will make a final decision on the application at a meeting tonight.
Pet hospital and car wash to be knocked down for homes
A car wash and pet hospital in south-east London could be knocked down to make room for 272 new homes.
Greenwich Council is due to make a decision on plans to demolish the mechanical car wash and Thamesmead PDSA Pet Hospital on Eynsham Drive, in Abbey Wood, at a planning committee meeting tonight.
Developers Abbey Wood Property Ltd wants to create a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats in four buildings ranging from three, eight, 14 and
17 storeys, as well as 59 car and 450 bicycle parking spaces.
The pet hospital would also be re-built as part of a "new, modern facilities", according to application documents submitted to the council.