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  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the discovering by Architects' Journal that the earlier version of the audit review into the awarding of design contact to Heatherwick Studio was significantly different and far more critical to the published version said:

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Sep 25, 2015

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the diesel emissions fixing scandal facing Volkswagen said:

    "The unfolding VW emissions fixing scandal is clearly demonstrating that, despite what motor manufacturers have been claiming, there is no such thing as a clean diesel car. Real-world tests show that so-called "clean" (Euro 6) diesels actually emit many times more poisonous gases than they are legally entitled to.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement by Transport for London that they will install opening windows on the new routemasters at a further cost of around £2 million said:

    "Anything to make travelling on the new routemasters more bearable during the Summer is obviously welcome. These buses are quite frankly a cauldron on wheels during hot weather.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2015
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    In our September newsletter we report about some positive improvements to our area that were discussed at the recent Southfield Ward Forum meeting as well as advanced notice of a local ward police meeting which all residents are invited to.

    Consultation on Council Tax support scheme - have your say

    Ealing Council are proposing changes to their council tax support scheme. All Councils developed their own systems after central government abolished the existing national scheme. The plans are based upon certain criteria set by national government and a set of principles devised locally. Residents are being asked to comment on the five options.

    Councillor Andrew Steed commented: "The only people who have paid more Council Tax over the past seven years are those who are least able to afford it. Response rates to these Borough wide consultations are notoriously low, do please take part by going to www.ealing.gov.uk/consultation."

    Southfice Panel AGM - 30th September
    The Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel is a group of residents who, with the local police team, discuss ways to reduce crime in Southfield which covers Chiswick and some of Acton.

    The Annual General Meeting is open to all and will take place on Wednesday 30th September at 7 pm at Acton Green Church Hall, Cunnington Street, W4 5ER.

    Councillor Andrew Steed said: "In the meeting the local police team will give details of the crimes that are common in our area and ways to reduce crime. One problem is car crime where some people are leaving items on the back seat which is encouraging some villains to break into the cars. The advice is not to leave any items in the car especially loose change. Everyone is invited. You will have the chance to ask questions of the local police team."

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Sep 16, 2015

    Commenting on a new report by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment, which shows that every major car manufacturer is selling diesel cars that fail to meet EU air pollution limits on the road in Europe, whilst selling cars with better exhaust treatment systems and lower emissions in the US, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson Stephen Knight AM said:

  • Article: Sep 16, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the internal audit of the procurement design and development services for the Garden Bridge said:

    "This audit has sadly not been thorough and forensic.

    "While it rightly highlights a number of areas where the process for awarding contracts needs to improve the audit is ultimately incomplete due to TfL destroying vital records.

    "It is staggering that despite serious questions about the evaluation scores for the tenders TfL thought there was nothing wrong in destroying vital documentation just before the audit was set to take place.

    "TfL's claim that the audit has not found any evidence that value for money was not provided is nonsensical when vital documents could not be examined.

    "TfL should be providing evidence that value for money was actually delivered. That test has not been met by this audit."

  • Article: Sep 4, 2015
    • New figures reveal the financial year 2014/15 saw the highest number of tube delays due to overcrowding in any year since 2010
    • Figures for the first three months of 2015/16 also reveal high levels of Tube delays due to overcrowding on the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines

    The Mayor of London has finally released information showing that Tube delays caused by overcrowding reached a five-year high during the financial year 2014/15.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Sep 2, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly economic spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Oliver Bonas to become the first high street fashion chain in the UK to become an accredited Living Wage employer, said:

    "The retail sector is sadly dominated by very low paying, insecure jobs. It is therefore significant when a high street fashion retailer like Oliver Bonas with stores across London in places such as Battersea, Cheapside, Clapham, Crouch End, Dulwich, Ealing, Kingston, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Putney and Richmond pledges to pay the London Living Wage."

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube has been deferred said:

    "This is a big climb down for the Mayor. His retreat is entirely due to his error in setting a specific start date before all the staffing arrangements and other issues had been settled.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2015

    Cuts in the frequency of 17 weekend Night Bus services must now be put on hold if the Night Tube service does not commence from the 12th September, is the clear message that has been sent to the Mayor by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

    Back in the Summer Transport for London (TfL) proposed reduced weekend Night Bus services on 17 bus routes based on their forecast that some passengers will choose to use the Night Tube instead.