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Canute Road Quay’s first public showing in Exeter this weekend

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

This weekend sees the first proper exhibition outing of Canute Road Quay at the Exe Model Railway Society’s exhibition. Having made its successful debut at the RMweb annual South West Area Group members day in Taunton at the end of April. This was not really an exhibition as such but a gathering of like minded friends and modellers, so this weekends event is its first true public outing.

USA tank No 72 crosses the quayside access road

The Exeter MRS exhibition is being held at the The Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon EX2 8FD. Opening times are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.  By all accounts this is an excellent show so well worth attending, and I am very much looking forward to exhibiting, ably assisted for the weekend by friend and fellow modeller Simon Paley.

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Sutton residential tower block fails fire safety tests

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A nine-storey residential tower block in north Sutton which had a multi-million-pound “upgrade” completed only last October, has failed fire safety checks on its exterior cladding.

Chaucer House in Sutton: its cladding has been declared unsafe

The residents of 96 homes in Chaucer House received letters today informing them of the test results on the cladding recently fitted to their block. The letter was sent jointly from the council, the Sutton Housing Partnership, which manages the borough’s social housing, and the London Fire Brigade.

The tests were carried out following the Grenfell House tragedy in Kensington two weeks ago, where 79 people are confirmed as dead or missing, and with fears that that number will rise.

According to the Chaucer House letter, cladding samples were submitted by Sutton only on Monday this week.

“We have now received the results of the testing which has shown that the cladding at Chaucer…

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Get De Boers in: Palace’s future looking bright (if not orange)

At last

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Eagles fans probably owe Sam Allardyce a beer.

Palace chairman Steve Parish, right, with the club’s new manager, Frank De Boer

Not just for keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League, which was a deed worth £100million in TV revenues alone.

But Palace supporters owe a vote of thanks to their former boss for a sacrifice which has opened up a bright future for the club. And they might want to show their gratitude, too, to Steve Parish (yet again), and Louis van Gaal for the parts they played in the appointment of the club’s latest manager.

In Frank De Boer, Palace have made potentially their most exciting managerial appointment since Terry Venables stepped into the manager’s office in June 1976.

The appointment of De Boer, the 47-year-old former Ajax and Internazionale manager, had been an open secret since last week, but the formal business was held back to extract…

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Appeal for witnesses to Upper Norwood’s midnight tipper

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Keeping Croydon’s streets clean and free of fly-tips continues to be a constant battle, as demonstrated by one illegal dumper last week when they left a lorry-load of their old crap that blocked a road in Upper Norwood.

Someone seriously believed that they might just dump a truckload of builder’s waste and assorted rubbish on an Upper Norwood street last week

The council is calling for public help in tracking down the midnight fly-tipper who dumped a ton and a half of rubbish on Auckland Road in the first few minutes of last Tuesday, June 20.

“They obviously don’t care about the mess they leave behind or the clear-up cost to local taxpayers, so I’d urge anyone with information to help our officers whose job it is to track down and prosecute the culprit,” said Stuart Collins, the council cabinet member responsible for the state of our streets.

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Council writes to residents to state its blocks are safe

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A senior Croydon Council official has written to all residents in the borough’s residential blocks to reassure them and confirm that the hazardous cladding which is suspected of contributing to so much death and destruction in the Grenfell Tower blaze has not been used on their buildings. The letter, dated last Friday, June 23, states that inspections are on-going and could take a further two weeks to complete.

Stephen Tate, the council’s director of district centres and regeneration, had this second letter distributed to the residents of Croydon-owned or managed blocks over the weekend, just as it was being reported nationally that of 60 tower blocks who had had their cladding checked by government inspectors, all of them failed safety tests.

The cladding used at Grenfell is believed to have accelerated the spread of the fire and also emitted toxic fumes which will also have added to the death toll…

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Brick by Brick’s profitable Blairite response to Right to Buy

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The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has, rightly, focused attention on safety around the nation’s low-cost housing. But underlining the lack of attention given to the conditions of such homes and the ongoing under-investment in council housing has been another scandal of neglect in housing for nearly half a century.

An even greater scandal is how a handful of people have, as a result, managed to become very, very rich at the expense of society’s poorest and most vulnerable.

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