News in Brief

Industrial site fire in Croydon

London Fire Brigade

LFB. Pic: Vera Kratochvil

Staff of the Conway Asphalt plant in Croydon were safely evacuated after a major fire broke out on Tuesday, April 24.

The plant’s filtration system was completely alight and got destroyed by the fire. Firefighters got the blaze under control within three hours of arriving on the scene.

No injuries or casualties have been reported. According to the London Fire Brigade, the cause of the fire is still unknown.


Billboards highlighting homelessness put up by Hackney church

Signs outside St' Mary Church

Signs outside St Mary’s Church in Hackney. Pic: St Mary’s Church official twitter account

St Mary’s Church in Stoke Newington have launched a campaign attacking homelessness.

The three billboards erected by the church are inspired by the award-winning movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Their purpose is to draw the public’s attention to the fact that there currently are 6,167 homeless people in Hackney.

In 2017, Hackney was in the top 10 worst areas for homelessness in London according to Shelter.

To contact the organisers and support the project visit St Mary’s Centre website.


Scrapyard fire in Poplar, Tower Hamlets

Smoke from fire at Poplar. Pic: George Morgan

A fire broke out at a car recycling scrapyard on Lochnagar Street, Poplar, on Saturday, April 21.

According to the London Fire Brigade, fire crews from Poplar, Homerton, Millwall, Dockhead and Stratford fire stations attended the scene.

The fire was under control within two hours of the fire brigade’s arrival, but the cause of the incident is still unknown.


Croydon Selhurst Park redevelopment plans to go through

Computer generated aerial view of Selhurst Park redevelopment. Pic: Crystal Palace Football Club

Expansion plans for the Crystal Palace Football Club’s main stand have officially been given the green light.

The Croydon Council’s cross-party planning committee have approved the club’s proposal. As such, the stadium’s capacity is planned to increase from 26,000 to more than 34,000.

The expansion will also ensure a larger pitch, eased accessibility for the wheelchair-bound and new facilities for the local community.

Lewisham Momentum committee re-elected, dubbed Lewisham Spring by supporters

The Lewisham branch of the People’s Momentum movement completely changed their committee this Monday, April 23.

As of now, the slate of the Lewisham Momentum’s committee falls majorly, if not completely, on the left side of the political spectrum.

According to the Momentum’s official website, it is a “people-powered, vibrant movement”, aiming to “transform the Labour Party, our communities and Britain in the interests of the many, not the few”.

The movement believes in more socialist views on democracy; “ordinary people should be front-and-centre” of the Labour Party and its ascension into power.

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