Review of the Year 2013 - July to September

This Is Local London: Andy Murray became the first Brit to win the Men's singles trophy at Wimbledon for 77 years Andy Murray became the first Brit to win the Men's singles trophy at Wimbledon for 77 years

July

 

Andy Murray ‘s march to the final of Wimbledon, where he dispatched long-term rival and friend Novac Djockovic on a sunbathed centre court was the talk of the nation.

The Scot broke a 77 year run since a British man last won the singles trophy.

Southfield’s own Laura Robson also showed promising progress as she made it to the fourth round, defeating the 11th seed Maria Kirilenko before being knocked out by Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

 

This Is Local London:

Fire ravaged Mitcham Common, with one particular blaze taking three crews more than two hours to bring under control.

Thick plumes of smoke caused traffic delays and could be seen for miles around The fires came in quick succession arousing fears it was the work of a group of arsonists.

 

 

There were fears the council could be planning to diminish the size of Wimbledon Library after it appeared on a list of sites being considered for development or new usage.

The council vigorously denied the accusations and later made an official pledge to remove the town centre building from the policy document.

 

 

August

 


A month of sporting activities ended with the Ride London Festival progressing through the town.
Thousands of professional and amateur riders shot through the streets of Raynes Park and Wimbledon on the final leg of the 100 mile cycle.
Many turned out to celebrate, though others complained the road closures made travelling on the day impossible

 

This Is Local London:

News filtered through that everyone’s favourite litter pickers The Wombles could be making a comeback.

Wimbledon Common’s famous residents have been away from our screens for more than 10 years but are set to return with both a new animated TV series and feature length film.

 

 

Labour was celebrating after securing a resounding victory in the Colliers Wood byelection.

The vote was called after the tragic death of Councillor Gam Gurung, a pillar of the Nepalese community.

Labour secured the seat with a huge majority, candidate Caroline Cooper-Marbiah collecting more than 70 per cent of all the votes, and 1200 more than her Conservative rival Peter Lord.

 

 

September

 


A huge fire blackened the skies above South West London after a medical warehouse in Mitcham went up in smoke.

The thick plume of smoke could be seen by people as far away as Kew Gardens as 70 fire fighters tackled the blaze.

The owner of the warehouse claimed the incident destroyed £300,000 or stock.

 

 

Merton Priory Homes, the owners and managers of all the social housing in the borough, announced that following a summer-long consultation, three of its huge estates could be regenerated or completely demolished.

Residents in High Paths, Ravensbury and Eastfields housing estates woke up to the news their homes could be turned to rubble as part of a multi-million pound plan by Circle Housing, the owners of Merton Priory Homes.

 

This Is Local London:

Merton traffic officer Andrew Duncan was struck and fatally injured in a hit and run on Reigate Avenue on the border of Morden and Sutton.

The 47-year-old PC and father of two was taken to hospital but died two days later.

It was revealed he was hit while trying to flag down a speeding car in the early hours of the morning.

Hundreds turned out for his funeral the following month.

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