Richmond Park's MP Zac Goldsmith joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth on Tuesday to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers.
He was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees.
Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.
Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants.
A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.
A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:41 am
Chelsea Pub Saved
A huge campaign’s been instrumental in saving a Chelsea pub from redevelopment.
Residents including actor Hugh Grant and former footballer Sol Campbell were among more than 1-thousand people who signed a petition against developers turning the Phene Arms into 20-million pound home.
A government planning inspector’s upheld Kensington and Chelsea council’s original decision to throw out the application by developer Robert Bourne. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:09 am
Dundonald Primary gets green light for expansion
Merton Council’s planning application committee has granted approval for the expansion of Dundonald Primary onto part of Dundonald Recreation Ground.
The decision was taken at a meeting last night.
However, in light of public opposition the proposals could still be halted by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The Council must now consult the Mayor again, and he has 14 days to make a decision.
Under the plans the public will lose full or partial access to around 5 percent of the Rec. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:37 am
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Doctors and nurses call for neighbourhood watch as cold spell looms
Doctors and nurses at Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals are calling on local people to look out for elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours during the impending cold weather spell.
Every winter in the UK, there are more than 25,000 deaths linked to the cold weather, including older people who can find themselves increasingly vulnerable during wintery spells.
And as forecasters predict heavy snowfall and icy conditions over the next few days, staff from across our hospitals are urging people to look after one another.
Pippa Hart is the Trust’s Director of Nursing. She said: The cold weather that is coming in might have a huge impact on Sutton, Merton and Surrey.
Weather like this makes it far more difficult for people to get out and about and this is especially so for older and more vulnerable people.
I have no doubt that, like the last time we had a cold spell, we will see a significant increase in the number of people brought into our A&E departments because of injuries or illnesses brought on by the cold weather
Some tips for people to ‘keep warm, keep well’ include:
• On cold days try to avoid going outside and if you have to, remember to wrap up warm;
• Heat your home well. By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18C to 21C or 64F to 70F) you can keep warm and minimise your bill;
• Make sure you eat well. Food is a vital source of energy which helps keep your body warm. Have hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
For more information about how to stay healthy this winter, visit their website: www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/winter. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm
Trains update ahead of snow
South West Trains is already reducing services tomorrow – and we haven’t even seen any snow yet.
There will be no service between Virginia Water and Weybridge.
While reduced services will run between Motspur Park and Chessington and Strawberry Hill and Shepperton.
Stay tuned to Jackie throughout the period – we’ll keep you up to date with travel reports or @jackie_travel posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:42 pm
Tributes paid to Sutton man killed in Helicopter crash
The sister of a man killed after a helicopter crashed in London says he had a big heart and was looking forward to celebrating his 40th birthday.
39 year old Matthew Wood was walking to work when the aircraft hit a crane and plunged to the ground yesterday morning.
They performed from the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, played to a television of millions at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony and this summer they will be singing live from the stage of Esher's Sandown Park.
On the tour the band said, “A day at the races, British summer time, sounds suitably nutty to us!”
Winter 2012 saw the band complete their biggest tour to date, playing arenas all over the country, including two sell out nights at London’s O2 Arena.
Madness are Britain’s most successful chart band in music history, having had twenty-one top-twenty singles in a seven year period from ’78-’86, and many more since (over 30 in total), which include ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘My Girl’ and ‘One Step Beyond’. This was a great achievement and set the tone for almost three decades of complete Madness.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:20 pm
Advice for shoppers in Kingston
Complain at the time.
That’s the new message from Trading Standards in Kingston if you have a problem in a shop, pub or bar.
One area of their work is monitoring weights and measurements.
Kingston’s trading standards manager is Alonso Ercilla:
New figures have revealed that reported assaults on doctors, nurses, midwives and other staff at Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals have increased in the last year.
For the period April 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012 there were 117 recorded assaults across our hospitals, compared with 110 during the previous year.
The national data, which comes from NHS Protect (the organisation that works to identify and tackle crime across the health service) shows that for every thousand members of staff we have, 27 were assaulted during the year.
This compares to 26 for every thousand in 2010/11. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:15 am
Richmond Child-Minding Service Launch
The Richmond Childminding Network is being launched today.
It’ll offer a high quality service and give the parents of 3 and 4 year olds the option of accessing the Nursery Education Grant.
The new system aims to be more flexible, localised and offer a more personal approach so parents can feel confident that the person looking after their child is well qualified, reliable and safe. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:50 am
New Ticket Machines At Clapham
South West Trains is investing £200,000 to install over a dozen new ticket machines in London.
This is part of the £50 million investment programme to improve train station facilities.
SWT says the machines will provide a quick and easy way for passengers to book their tickets in advance and collect them at the station.
New machines have now been installed at Waterloo and Clapham Junction. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:21 am
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Second Helicopter Victim From Sutton
The second person who died in this morning's helicopter crash in central London has been named as 39-year-old Matthew Wood from Sutton.
Pilot Pete Barnes also died and 12 others were injured, when the aircraft hit a crane in Vauxhall and came down onto a road during rush-hour.
Roads in the surrounding area remain closed as emergency services continue to work to secure the damaged crane.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:11 pm
Vauxhall crash update
London Fire Brigade says its operation is now focused on making a tower crane safe - following a fatal helicopter crash this morning.
Pilot Pete Barnes was among two people who died when the aircraft spun out of control and clipped the crane on a tower block in Vauxhall.
Six people were injured and taken to hospital - and seven were treated at the scene.
The helicopter was on a scheduled flight from Redhill based firm Rotor Motion to Elstree, in Hertfordshire.
Bosses say they are devastated.
Mr Barnes, who had 25 years flying experience, had asked to divert due to bad weather. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:57 pm
There was a fire at a supermarket in Streatham on Tuesday.
The blaze at the site on the High Road broke out in an electrical plant room on the building’s roof.
Four fire engines and around 20 fire-fighters from West Norwood, Norbury and Tooting fire stations dealt with the incident.
Helicopter crash Vauxhall update: two people killed
Photo courtesy of @EvaWiseman
A helicopter has crashed in South West London.
It's believed the Augusta 190 hit a crane near the River Thames at Vauxhall this morning - and burst into flames.
A dark plume of smoke is visible above the area.
It appears as if it crashed into a crane on a building site next to a disused petrol station at Nine Elms.
It is possible it could have been on its way to Battersea Helipad.
Fire and rescue services say they're taking lots of emergency calls from eyewitnesses.
It's believed there were no passengers on board, only the pilot. The emergency services are being praised for getting to the scene within five minutes of the accident.
Here's eyewitness Robert Oxley, talking about the helicopter crash to Sky's Eamonn Holmes.
TV producer James Old is nearby, and has a view of the building that was hit.
Here's another eyewitness, Sarah Beth Casey
Helicopter Crash Near Vauxhall Cross. www.CompleteCouriers.com
More on air and @jackie_travel / @radio_jackieposted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:35 am
Man charged with spraying graffiti across Epsom
A 20-year-old man’s been charged after spraying graffiti tags across Ashtead and Epsom.
The incident took place last September when 38 tags were sprayed at different locations including the war memorial in Ashtead.
The damage was estimated at over 1-thousand-6-hundred pounds.
Felix Ray, from Epsom, has been charged with criminal damage and will appear at South East Surrey Magistrates Court on January 28th. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:34 am
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Court Victory For Twickenham Woman
A British Airways employee has won a landmark legal victory over her right to wear a crucifix with her uniform.
Nadia Eweida from Twickenham took the airline to a tribunal when she was sent home for displaying a small cross on a chain around her neck.
Her claims of religious discrimination were rejected in the UK - but the European Court of Human Rights ruled in her favour. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm
Education Secretary sees the need for more schools in Kingston
Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, arranged for Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, to make a surprise visit to Coombe Girls' School on Friday.
Together with Councillor Andrea Craig, Zac Goldsmith, Nick Whitfield of Kingston Council, Headteacher Deborah Walls, Head Girl, Laura Timmins and Head Boy, Matt Britton, Mr Gove was given a tour of the School premises and facilities.
He paused to observe lessons in music and English, and asked students about their favourite novels and bands. He also fielded questions from politics students about his own background, education and career.
After the tour, Zac used the opportunity to address Mr Gove directly about the impending shortage of secondary school places in North Kingston.
In December, the Kingston Educational Trust submitted an application to open a new, non-selective Free School on the site of the North Kingston Centre in September 2014. Zac told Mr Gove that KET's application "perfectly encapsulates the local community's educational aspirations" and urged him to ensure that it is approved by the Department for Education.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:51 pm
Tooting Missing Person
The Metropolitan Police is appealing for help in tracing a missing teenage boy from Tooting.
16 year old Mohammed Omar has been missing from his home since Sunday.
He is Somali with short black hair and was last seen wearing a red jacket and camouflage trousers.
Anyone with any information is being urged to contact the Police.
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