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  • Article: Jul 31, 2015

    Transport for London has now accumulated almost £170 million from money left on unused Oyster cards it has been revealed today. The amount is made up from deposits (£83.2 million) and the Pay As You Go balances (£85.6 million) left on Oyster cards which have not been used for over a year.

    The cash pile from unused Oyster cards has been steadily growing since the start of Oyster in 2003. A recent written Mayoral question asked by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, revealed that when Boris Johnson first became Mayor in May 2008 the amounts left on dormant Oyster cards was just £4.25 million in Pay As You Go balances and £2.81 million in deposits.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that 200 New Routemasters will have failing batteries replaced under warranty and that on occasions the buses are running entirely on the diesel engine said:

    "The Mayor has repeatedly boasted about the New Routemaster, yet this is further evidence that the claims made by the Mayor and TfL are just rhetoric and do not match the reality on the ground.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Home Secretary's decision to not grant permission for the use of water cannon in England and Wales said:

    "After carefully examining the evidence the Home Secretary has made a wise decision.

    "Water cannon run the risk of innocent people being injured and would certainly undermine policing by public consent.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's report from King's College London revealing that air pollution causes 9,400 premature deaths in London every year said:

    "This report more than triples the previous estimate of deaths caused by air pollution in London and confirms that this is the second biggest public health killer to smoking.

    "The 9,400 Londoners who face an early grave due to air pollution provides 9,400 reasons why faster action needs to be taken to tackle air pollution.

    "It is highly disappointing that only last week the Chancellor's Budget failed to reform Vehicle Excise Duty to discourage more polluting diesel vehicles. It is equally disappointing that the Mayor's proposals to tackle air pollution in London have been so timid since he came to office in 2008. A big switch towards zero emission electric buses and taxis, not diesel hybrids, is now vital in London. Bringing forward the start date of the Ultra Low Emission Zone and real moves to tackle air pollution in places such as Oxford Street must now happen."

  • Article: Jul 13, 2015
    Last weekend myself and Councillor Gary Busuttil were able to attend a lively street party in Beaumont Road.

    The event, where resident have their street closed off from traffic for a few hours, usually on a Sunday, was organised by Jill Ward and Vanessa Folley.

    Photo taken by Jill Ward
    It gave people a chance to meet each other, many of whom did not either know or commonly speak to their neighbours. There was a great atmosphere with lots of children playing games whilst the adults tucked into the homemade cupcakes!


    PlayStreet joint organiser, Jill Ward, said: "We were thrilled to have over 40 people come to our first PlayStreet. We met neighbours we had never even seen! It gave our road a real sense of community & people have been thanking me all week.

    The work to set it up was minimal with the letters & survey were all prepared by the Council. We can now run a PlayStreet once a month & following its successful start several neighbouring streets are planning to start their own!"


    Three top tips the Beaumont Road PlayStreet organisers gave were:

    • Talk to a couple of neighbours before you start to see if there is interest
    • Agree a time for a PlayStreet with them so you have support
    • Ask a couple of people to help with stewarding in advance


    Last year the Southfield ward Liberal Democrat Councillors persuaded Ealing Council to not charge residents for these types of events as they bring people together.

    If you would like to start up a street party then please check out Playing Out, Ealing Council's website or let us know and we can help you out!
  • Article: Jul 10, 2015
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    Local Councillor Andrew Steed spoke at Council meeting yesterday where he explained why having wheelie bins in Southfield is a bad idea and that there is a legal necessity for residents to be consulted on this matter.

    The item relating to wheelie bins was added to the agenda because the Liberal Democrats 'called in' the decision so that it could be reviewed. In addition to Councillor Andrew Steed, a number of community groups around the borough raised their concerns about wheelie bins, including Bedford Park Residents' Association.

    Despite over 1000 petition signatures having been collected so far, the Labour-run Council committee voted not to consult residents and to implement wheelie bins, ignoring many thousands of residents who have expressed their concerns.

    We are working with legal experts to see how feasible it is to put forward a legal case so that the decision can be challenged in the courts.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    The Airports Commission has delivered a massive blow to residents in West London as it gave the go ahead to expand Heathrow. The Howard Davies's Airports Commission report today was published and backed a third Heathrow runway:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/airports-commission-releases-final-report

  • Caroline Pidgeon and Vince Cable protesting against the third Heathrow runway in 2008
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the support for a third Heathrow runway by the Davies airport commission said:

    "This much delayed report simply repeats many outdated arguments in opting for a third Heathrow runway.

    "However many conditions are set ultimately a third Heathrow runway will have devastating consequences for a large section of London in terms of noise and increased air pollution.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Jun 29, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's announcement that London is set to trial the world's first purpose-built double decker electric bus said:

    "It is encouraging that a fully electric double decker bus is at last to be trialled."

    "Yet while celebrating this development let's not pretend for one moment that London is leading the way in delivering electric buses.

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly housing spokesperson, commenting on today's announcement of four further Housing Zones across London said:

    "These proposals have some merit but the big picture is that the Mayor has ultimately failed to deliver anywhere near enough affordable homes.