Fresh details about how the Grenfell Tower fire took hold with such deadly effect will emerge on Monday as the inquiry into the disaster begins hearing evidence. Expert reports detailing the cause of the inferno and why it spread so quickly are to be published as the inquiry hears an opening statement from its top lawyer. Five reports will be made available in the morning, also examining the effectiveness of the fire protection measures within the building. Seventy-one people were killed during the tragedy in Kensington, west London, on June 14 last year. Survivors and bereaved families have said that the inquiry marks the beginning of a "long road to justice". The fact-finding stage of the inquiry will begin with an all-day address by lead counsel Richard Millett QC, following seven days of emotional family tributes to the dead. A provisional schedule indicates that a submission from Harley Facades, the firm which installed the cladding … [Read more...] about Grenfell Tower inquiry to hear evidence on the cause of the fire, as survivors hail the beginning of a “long road to justice”
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The Grenfell Tower public inquiry marks the beginning of a “long road to justice”, survivors and bereaved families have said on the first day of evidence hearings.Fresh details about how the fire took hold with such deadly effect will emerge as the first phase of the inquiry into the disaster begins.Expert reports detailing the cause of the inferno and why it spread so quickly are to be published as the inquiry hears an opening statement from its top lawyer.Five reports will be made available in the morning, also examining the effectiveness of the fire protection measures within the building. Seventy-one people were killed during the tragedy in Kensington, west London, on June 14 last year.Another died in January after a long battle with a pre-existing condition, having never left hospital since the fire.Grenfell United, the main body for survivors and bereaved families, said in a statement ahead of the hearing: “This is the beginning of a long road to justice for … [Read more...] about Grenfell inquiry marks ‘beginning of long road to justice’
Unpopular plans to replace an historic Cambridge home with flats have been rejected after claims the added traffic could “jam up” the south of the city. More than 170 objections were received to plans to demolish an Edwardian house at 291 Hills Road to make way for 15 flats at the junction with Long Road. Cambridge City Council’s planning committee was yesterday (April 25) recommended to approve the plans, despite fears for the impact the additional cars that would come with the development would have on the busy interchange, which councillors said is “the major junction” for accessing the city, and a “major pinch point”. There were also worries that the proposals made no provision for affordable housing. No affordable housing The plans were rejected, with several members of the committee expressing serious misgivings over the impact the development might have on the surrounding area. Housing activist Clare King said the committee had to reject … [Read more...] about Historic Hills Road home WON’T be demolished for new flats
IN 2018 Zoe Ball took on an epic challenge in memory of her late boyfriend Billy Yates. Here's everything you need to know about her 350 mile Sport Relief bike ride from Blackpool to Brighton... When did Zoe Ball do the Sport Relief bike ride from Blackpool to Brighton. On March 5, 2018 Zoe Ball started off from Blackpool pleasure beach to embark on an epic cycle ride, ending in her hometown of Brighton. The gruelling journey took five days in total and covered over 350 miles and raised more than £500,000 for Sport Relief. Zoe took the following route... March 5: Blackpool to Widnes March 6 Widnes to Upton Magna March 7: Upton Magna to Stratford upon Avon March 8: Stratford upon Avon to Marlow March 9: Marlow to Brighton Why did Zoe Ball do the Sport Relief bike ride and what was it in aid of? The aim of the cycle was to raise awareness of mental health issues by highlighting how Sport Relief cash helps support mental health projects across the UK. In May 2017 Zoe's partner, … [Read more...] about Why did Zoe Ball cycle 350 miles for Sport Relief, when was the Blackpool to Brighton cycle ride and what was Hardest Road Home?
THE first piece of the Long Marston housing jigsaw has attracted significant opposition from local residents. Last year CALA Homes submitted a reserved matters application for the first 400 homes at the site, plans which included football pitches, ponds, play areas, allotments and a community retail business hub. The deadline for public comments has now passed with many voicing their disapproval of the plan. Eventually CALA want to build up to 3,500 homes on the former airfield, with an application for the remaining 3,100 homes expected in the coming weeks. The developer is expected to contribute more than £100million to fund infrastructure projects across the Stratford area, if the overall 3,500-home plan goes ahead. Many of those objecting to the 400-home application criticise the transport links to the new development, the potential for increased traffic and the lack of affordable housing. Within the application CALA Homes say the cost of works to remove contaminants from the … [Read more...] about Early objections raised to ‘misleading’ Long Marston homes plans