More questions after TfL is forced to publish tram fatigue report

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on an intriguing turn of events over a previously suppressed Transport for London report

Sandilands, Nov 2016: a TfL report into driver fatigue, not released to crash investigators, has now been made public

Within days of Inside Croydon highlighting the failure of Transport for London to share a safety audit report into driver fatigue with those investigating the 2016 Croydon tram tragedy, TfL decided to make the report public.

In a letter to Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, Gareth Powell, TfL’s new managing director of Surface Transport, wrote, “We made a commitment to publish the report at the conclusion of all ongoing investigations. However, given the current interest, special permission has been sought from the BTP [British Transport Police] and ORR [Office of Rail and Road] to publish it on Friday 16 March despite their investigations continuing.” Continue reading

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Brick by Brick scheme is accused of breaking planning rules

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on the mounting anger and opposition to the council-owned house-builder’s plans, with objections coming even from the local Labour MP

Planning chair Paul Scott: will he wave through another sub-standard Brick by Brick scheme?

Another day, another planning disaster looms from Brick by Brick and Tony Newman’s Labour-lite council.

While chief exec Jo Negrini couldn’t give away free beer at poorly attended, council-backed events staged to promote Croydon’s development plans in Cannes last week, the local Tories were drumming up public opposition to Brick by Brick schemes at what was a genuinely well-attended meeting last Thursday.

The Tories are now orchestrating a “non-political” group to march on the Town Hall next Monday, the final full meeting of the council before May’s local elections, where they will protest against the council-owned builder’s overdevelopments. Pitchforks and flaming torches optional. Continue reading

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Soul Symphony Choir in concert, Monks Hill, Mar 24

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Sutton’s latest horror: the Beddington chainsaw massacre

Sutton LibDems’ ‘green’ credentials have been exposed again as bogus, as they have ordered the destruction of hundreds of trees in a nature reserve, just when the wild birds are nesting for spring. BELLE MONT reports

Stumped: this is the fate of hundreds of trees after the latest eco vandalism in Beddington

More despair looms for the long-suffering conservationists and concerned residents of Hackbridge, as chainsaw gangs last week felled at least 160 trees on the Beddington Farmlands nature reserve.

This work has cleared the way for laying pipework to connect the Viridor incinerator to the Felnex housing estate, the first customer for the controversial Sutton Decentralised Energy Network, or SDEN.

This ecological vandalism was especially surprising, as SDEN – a company wholly owned by Sutton Council – has a planning application pending to alter the route that the pipeline will take through the nature reserve.

Critics of the scheme are asking how these trees could have been felled at a time when the final path of the pipeline was not known, as planning permission has not been given. It will be considered by Sutton’s planning committee tomorrow. Continue reading

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Stereo MC’s and Polarbear announced as Festival headliners

The Crystal Palace Festival returns in June  with one of the biggest free cultural events in south London.

The Crystal Palace Festival headliners on June 16 will be Stereo MC’s

Festival events will take place across the Crystal Palace area from June 11 to 17 with the free Crystal Palace park event taking place on June 16. This Grade II-listed heritage park has been the scene of many a free concert, and the bowl has a long history of notable gigs from 1967, when Pink Floyd performed there, all the way through to Bob Marley in 1980 and 1990 with The Cure and Pixies.

With 28,500 visitors to the 2017 event in the park, organisers are expecting even bigger crowds this year as they return with a fantastic line up of music, spoken word, theatre, visual arts, family and community activities and of course amazing food and drink.

The headline act on June 16 will be Stereo MC’s and Polarbear. The whole park programme will be announced next month. Continue reading

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Police evacuate 800 homes after crash causes gas main leak

Residents at first took photos of the crash scene, before being evacuated from their homes

A one-mile stretch of the A23 Purley Way was closed this morning, buses are diverted and the tram network closed between Therapia Lane and Wandle Park because of a leak from a damaged gas mains, seeing emergency services place an exclusion zone of more than a quarter of a mile from a damaged gas main, following a car skidding off the icy road and crashing into an energy plant on Whitestone Way, in the New South Quarter, last night.

Police evacuated 800 properties nearby, with around 300 residents having to take refuge on the freezing night first at the nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket, and overnight at the Salvation Army Citadel and Waddon Leisure Centre. There have been no reports of any injuries as a result of the collision.

While emergency works are carried out to fix the serious gas leak, electricity supplies in the vicinity have been limited and engineers have reduced the gas supply locally, affecting residents in other areas of the borough – particularly in New Addington. Continue reading

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Poetic Insight: Existence, at Project B, Mar 27

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