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Uber dispute to continue after court case is postponed

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

A dispute which saw 5,000 cab drivers mount a blockade in central London looks to set to continue after a crucial court case was postponed. The cabbies are involved in a row with Transport for London over the growing use of mobile phone apps by mini cab firms.

Credit: PA

The drivers claim the apps, used by companies like Uber, break the law because they calculate fares based on time and distance. TfL disagrees but has asked the High Court to give a "definitive and binding declaration".


Once Battersea's chimneys are gone 'you won't know the difference'

Battersea Power Station is of exceptional architectural and historical significance and its future is something that English Heritage, along with millions of Londoners, takes very seriously indeed.

The chimney replacement programme is something we have worked on closely with the developers and we're satisfied that this is the correct way forward and that once the chimneys have replaced you really won't know the difference.

– Timothy Jones, Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, English Heritage

Battersea's famous chimneys 'recycled as artwork'

The famous chimneys of Battersea Power Station could be recycled as pieces of art after they're demolished.

Steeple Jacks climb up the south west chimney of Battersea Power Station Credit: BPSDC

Work to take down the towers - which are beyond repair - will begin later this month. Once fully dismantled, the chimneys will be rebuilt from the bottom using the same materials as the original.

The towers take approximately five months to dismantle, and about six months to rebuild chimney to its height of approximately 50 metres.

The chimney debris will be funnelled down a chute in the centre of the chimney, collected and recycled. Several different uses for the material are being explored, including reuse as artwork.

Warner Bros expansion help keep UK 'on cutting edge'

For years the UK has been at the cutting edge of the creative industries - and we want that to be the case for decades to come. This comes back to two things - and the two things that I see being as the most important in my job.

One: promoting our culture. Music, film and television help inspire young kids and bring our country together - so I will always back those industries. And two: our long-term economic plan.

– Sajid Javid, Culture Secretary

Warner Bros to expand studios in north London

Warner Bros is expanding its UK studios in north London where the Harry Potter films were made. Three sound stages will be built at the site at Leavesden two years after a #100 million redevelopment.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry seen during a studio tour in April Credit: Press Association

The studios are currently home to the new Tarzan film, starring Margot Robbie and Samuel L Jackson, which started production work there today.


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