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New menu and welcome chef Davide, brother of top chef Roberto at Il Mirto Bianco!

Roberto says: "We're busier now as word is getting round so Davide is coming to help. The menu concentrates on what our customers say they like best."

Il Mirto is at 269 Eltham High Street, SE9 1TY Tel: 020 3566 5241 every day except Mondays.
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New trains, trains 'cascaded' from other regions or refurbished Networkers - Southeastern promise level access, wi-fi, air con and on-board toilets.

The current Networkers have been in service since 1992 and are becoming shabby, expensive to maintain and need supervised level access arrangements.

Their press release from today reads as follows:

"Southeastern is inviting the rail industry to provide new or upgraded trains for Metro services.

"The current fleet provides more than 900 services and tens of thousands of journeys every day between parts of Kent and south-east and central London.

"One of the UK’s biggest and busiest passenger train operators is delighted to announce it has taken an important step towards delivering a multi-million-pound investment to improve its fleet of Metro trains.

"Southeastern, which provides up to half a million journeys every day across south-east London, Kent and parts of Sussex, operates a mixed fleet of trains across Highspeed, longer distance Mainline services and its commuter-style, Metro, services.

"Southeastern’s Metro services link busy London terminals such as Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street with south-east London and parts of Kent, including Dartford, Sevenoaks, Grove Park and Gillingham.

"As part of Southeastern’s goal of building a better, more reliable and sustainable railway, Southeastern has now published an Invitation to Negotiate with a number of shortlisted bidders. This includes a range of options, including new trains, trains cascaded in from other parts of the country or upgrading the current fleet.

"This could be the largest investment in Southeastern for decades, but would also benefit taxpayers in the south-east and beyond as a new or improved Metro fleet would reduce maintenance and repair costs and be more energy efficient - all helping to reduce taxpayer subsidy and, in turn, encourage more people to travel by train.

"The precise details of the improved fleet will be developed during the next stage of the procurement process but improvements could include:

"Improved accessibility to maximise unassisted boarding – developed alongside The Rail Safety & Standards Board, Network Rail and manufacturers.

"Brighter and more spacious interiors in order to provide more space for more customers on our growing railway.

"Air conditioning to provide a better and more comfortable environment, particularly as our summers become warmer
Improved customer information to keep customers up-to-date and to plan onward journeys.

"More reliable trains with improved acceleration and braking to help deliver a more punctual and low-cancellation railway
Onboard batteries to keep trains running in the event of power supply failure as well as enhancing safety in stations, depots and sidings.

"The timescales for the introduction of the trains will also be developed as part of the procurement process. However, Southeastern has set bidders challenging targets to deliver as soon as possible.

"Rail Minister Huw Merriman said:

“This is great news for the rail manufacturing industry and forms part of an estimated £3.6bn to support the sector in the coming years, making us one of the largest in Europe by the end of the decade.

“This Government continues to back rail manufacturers and today’s announcement demonstrates the UK market is a strong one, supporting high skilled jobs and boosting the economy right across the country.

“Modernising rolling stock is crucial to delivering a sustainable, reliable and growing rail network, encouraging more people to travel by train, and I’m pleased millions of passengers will be able to benefit from this investment for generations to come.”

Steve White, Managing Director, Southeastern, said:

“As part of our commitment to building a better, more reliable and sustainable railway we are pushing forward with our plans to develop our Metro operation into a high-performing railway.

“We are working at pace, with our partners at Network Rail, to improve performance, expand our timetable, enhance our stations and increase staffing levels. The final piece of the jigsaw will be the replacement of our aging Metro fleet.

“Despite the sterling work of our people to keep our current Metro fleets in service, our customers will know only too well that many of the trains are tired and, in terms of accessibility and customer facilities, have fallen behind what is available elsewhere on the Southeastern network and across the country.

“We are now inviting competitive offers from our short-listed suppliers and want to bring modern rolling stock to our railway for the benefit of customers and taxpayers.

“To ensure we make the right choice we will be working closely with Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board, our Accessible Travel Advisory Panel, the Trades Unions and the Department for Transport. There is a lot of work ahead, but the prize is significant.”

Southeastern is inviting competitive offers for new, refurbished or modern cascaded rolling stock for the benefit of customers and taxpayers. In this video, our Managing Director, Steve White explains the potential customer benefits of new trains."
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Volunteers interested in joining walks monitoring butterfly and bat numbers at Avery Hill are being welcomed by the park's friends group.

Sessions are usually around an hour at both weekends, evenings and weekdays, according to availability.

More details from averyhillpark@hotmail.co.uk
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A major expansion of the Berkeley Homes' Kidbrooke project has been branded 'unpleasant, dominating and overwhelming' by Greenwich Council's own Urban Design Officer. But, despite this, the five block 15 storey development is being recommended to go ahead by the Planning department.

The plans represent an increase in 144 flats from designs previously approved, for 382 flats alongside Kidbrooke Park Road in Berkeley's phase 5.

The result has been slammed by the design officer, Francesco Bernabei, an expert in urban design, master-planning and urban regeneration with experience in China, Italy, France and UK saying the blocks' height differences are too limited and the suggested green buffers too small in comparison with the substantial scale of the walls of brick which will be clearly visible from both Eltham and Blackheath.

He added that the 'substantial dimensions are quite challenging to deliver tall buildings with an appealing slender character, which would not be perceived as excessively bulky and dominating at the street level and on long views from the surrounding context' and from Sutcliffe Park, no significant variation in height is legible across the roof parapet of the scheme.

Also, he added: 'Generally, it is considered that more marked differences in height across the buildings, with more legible steps and reductions in height towards the southern end of the scheme would have been beneficial to integrate it more effectively within the surrounding context.'

It is highly unusual for a council planning expert to put forward such a contrary view to the overall recommendation from the department, reflecting the suggestion that any refusal would be overturned on appeal.

On balance, RBG planners say the blocks will help the council meet its target and that the development 'will continue to secure a high-quality living environment and complies with the design/ place shaping principles that have been established to guide the redevelopment of the area.'

It would raise Berkeley Homes' Kidbrooke project, south of the railway, project to over 5,300 flats, with a further 1,000 north of the railway in the Kidbrooke Station Square and council housing alongside Thomas Tallis school.

The proposals will be considered by councillors at next Tuesday's Planning Board.
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Council by-election in the Mottingham, Coldharbour and New Eltham ward on Thursday 13 June, following the death of Cllr John Hills.

The result in 2022 was:
Austen, Donald James Labour and Co-op 1,836
Dowse, Cathy Labour and Co-op 1,916 *
Gentry, Paul Graeme Liberal Democrats 399
Hartley, Matt Conservative 1,894 *
Hills, John Conservative 1,846 *
Jones, Edward John Charles Labour, Co-op 1,734
Simpson, Mark George Reform UK 149
Tester, Roger Conservative 1,748

* ELECTED

A list of the candidates will be published next week.
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Live cooking event at Kutchenhaus kitchens tomorrow, at their showroom in Eltham High Street 11am - 3pm ... See MoreSee Less
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