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  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Addison Lee founder John Griffin to fund the first 500 schools-based air quality sensors to monitor air quality through the 'AirSensa' project said:

    "John Griffin's generous funding of this scheme is of course very welcome, but it is sad state of affairs when basic health checks for London's school children are reliant on funding from owners of a minicab firm.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    On the day that tickets for London's New Year's Eve firework display go on sale Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

    "It was only last week that it was suddenly announced that the Mayor planned to scale down the New Year's Eve firework display to just 100,000 people who could afford to pay £10 for tickets, including children.

    "The fact that tickets are going on sale today shows that a decision was made many months ago, yet the details of the contract have not come under any scrutiny at all. Sadly decisions made behind closed doors often end up with disastrous consequences.

    "If the real aim was to manage crowds and protect public safety the far better option would have been to have further sponsored firework displays along the Thames, or in other locations across London.

    "Instead the Mayor is foolishly making the New Year's Eve firework display an exclusive event and providing massive opportunities to ticket touts. I also fear that far from protecting public safety there will be serious policing issues just outside the 'pay zone'.

    "The Mayor's New Year Eve fireworks plans expose his total lack of ambition for London. It is possible to have New Year's Eve fireworks' displays in central London which are free, safe and accessible for everyone."

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    In this September Southfield newsletter you will read about the Thames Water Storm Tanks meeting, the policy for Zone R controlled parking zone refunds and repairs to Acton High Street.

    Controlled Parking Zone (zone R) - refund process
    Many residents are happy that the changes to the timing of the parking zone have come into effect. Some residents have questions about the processes around refunds. We have spoken to Ealing Council to get information which should be helpful if you wish to hand in any old visitors vouchers or replace your annual permit.

    Annual Permits - Annual permits will now cost £50 instead of £80. If you wish to get the new permit you can get a refund for the old permit (pro rata to how long you have left on the old permit). There is an administration fee that Ealing Council (£15) charges so it may not always be beneficial to gain a refund. Action taken by your Liberal Democrat Councillors means there is now no need to send in the old permit, you just have to request a new (replacement) annual permit!

    Visitors Vouchers - if you have any unopened books of visitors vouchers you can hand them back to Ealing Council who will refund the full amount. I am told that partially used books of vouchers cannot be handed back but we are trying to get Ealing Council to also refund these as well.

    Councillor Gary Malcolm said: "I am glad that many residents can get a reduced annual CPZ permit cost and a lower visitors vouchers. This should mean residents can more easily have visitors, carers or people working on their properties, without needing to get huge numbers of of visitors vouchers."

    Thames Water meeting update - 7pm on October 1st
    Many residents living on Greenend Road, Hawkshead Road, Saltcoats Road, Hamilton Road and Worcester Drive have over the summer had to suffer from the bad smells caused by Thames Water's Acton Storm Tanks. The scouts and local families have cancelled BBQs because of the unpleasant smell.

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Andrew Steed in conjunction with the Southfield Park Triangle Residents Association (SPTRA) have organised a meeting that will contain representatives from Thames Water and Ealing Council. A public meeting, which takes from at the Scout Hut on Rugby Road, from 7pm on 1st October, will give residents the chance to ask questions and hear what Thames Water will do to solve the problem.

    Councillor Andrew Steed said: "Do come along to let Thames Water know the problems you have experienced and we can ask them what they are to do to stop these incidents of bad odours from ruining our social life whilst we are in our gardens."

    Lib Dems in government helping the vulnerable

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    A Transport for London consultation on new river crossings in east London, which closes this week, is far too centred around motorists and completely overlooks the need for significant improvements in public transport in south east London, is the key message made by Caroline Pidgeon AM, in the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group's consultation response.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    The Mayor of London has promised to write to all hospitals across London to ensure that anonymous data about violent incidents is shared with the police to ensure there is effective action to tackle knife and other violent crime hot spots, following questioning by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group. The Mayor has also agreed, if it is necessary, to call a summit at City Hall to ensure that the full adoption of the crime prevention model.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's proposals to introduce a £10 charge to view this year's New Year's Eve fireworks said:

    "London's New Year Eve fireworks showcases the capital to the world and we should delight in its growing popularity which mirrors the growing popularity of London as a place to visit.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaking ahead of the rollout of contactless payment ('wave and pay') to Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London, from tomorrow (Tueday 16th September) said:

    "Providing an additional form of payment for passengers is welcome, as long as it is nothing more than an additional form of payment and people are not pushed into having to use it.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's comments made at today's House of Commons environment audit committee on the issue of air pollution said:

    "While the Mayor of London is right to call for action by central government to help motorists switch away from diesel vehicles such a call for action should not deflect attention from the Mayor's own poor record, which has been quite frankly appalling in tackling air pollution in London.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today's statement by the Mayor that Transport for London fares will be increased on average by inflation next year said:

    "This announcement will be welcomed by passengers. Inflation busting fares would have been a bitter blow for most Londoners who have often seen freezes in their wages for the last few years.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Blind and partially sighted people in London will have to wait until March 2016 until every pedestrian crossing that is controlled by the Mayor of London finally meets long standing national safety standards to assist them in safely crossing the road.

    Transport for London (which is chaired by the Mayor of London) recently confirmed to Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, that they were totally content to wait until March 2016 until every pedestrian crossing finally meets minimum safety standards first advocated by the Department of Transport as long ago as 1991.