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Fear over use of “toxic” herbicide

By Ali Nobil Ahmad

Pesticide Spray. Photograph by Sachin Sharma


Fears that a “toxic” herbicide will be used to clear land in Brockley have provoked concern from leaseholders and an investigation by the council.



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Saving Southwark’s sparrows

Leo HornakBy Leo Hornak

Sparrow Watch, a month-long program to highlight the dramatic decline in London’s bird population, drew to a close this week at Southwark’s Bernie Spain Gardens – but for bird-lovers the fight to save the species is far from over. Continues…

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‘Green’ Lewisham only composts 0.5% of waste

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By Miranda Bryant

Despite having a bigger Green Party presence than any other London borough, Lewisham composted just 0.5 per cent of its household waste last year.

Thousands of tonnes of rubbish that could be composted were not, according to a report which revealed Lewisham as one of the worst amongst London boroughs for composting.


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London City Airport aircraft noise complaints soar


By Paul Bentley

cityairportFurious residents are lodging more complaints than ever about aircraft noise around London City Airport, an investigation by The Platform can reveal.
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Housing estate grows their own

By Ceiri O’Driscoll


Peckham-grown produce could soon be hitting shelves as a local housing estate is turning unused grassland into an orchard, thanks to a coalition of groups campaigning for a healthier Southwark.


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Begging for bags in New Cross

By Ceiri O’Driscoll

blog_plasticbagban1Customers will have to ask for free plastic bags from now on, a New Cross supermarket has announced. 

New Cross Road Sainsburys’ introduced the move as part of a national scheme launched in October. 

“We’re all trying to be greener these days,” said Rob Lewis, store manager: “I’m pleased we’re doing our bit.” 

The move has divided customers. “It’s a good idea,” said housewife Maureen Ellis, 49. “I bring my own bag for groceries.” However, Simon Jones, a 31 year old student said: “They still give me the bag but now they irritate me by making me ask for it.”

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