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  • Article: Aug 22, 2014
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    In this August Southfield newsletter you will read about changes to the Zone R controlled parking zone, more pupils get free school meals and a message from The Scout Association.


    Controlled Park Zone 'R' changes set to take place on September 1st
    Many residents have been unhappy in recent times with Labour-run Ealing Council increasing the price of parking permits and visitors' vouchers.

    After the residents of zone R (which includes Hatfield, Brookfield and Clovelly Roads) were consulted residents wanted to see the CPZ operate over a shorter time period. The changes come into effect on 1st September and the changes will mean that the altered zone will be in operation between 9am - 10am and 3pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. The cost of the annual permit will be reduced from £80 to £50 and the maximum daily charge for visitor's vouchers will be only £1.50 compared to £4.50!

    Those residents who have bought an £80 permit will have an opportunity to gain a rebate for paying the higher charge, however we understand that an admin charge will be levied to cover the costs of refunds via either cheques or credit cards. Do contact us if you need more information on this.

    Councillor Gary Malcolm said: "The consultation process took longer than we expected but we are pleased that finally Zone R residents will enjoy cheaper permits to park their cars. In addition residents will pay less for visitor's vouchers so it will be less of a burden when friends, relatives and those working on your home visit."


    Free School meals in our area
    Liberal Democrat MPs in government have been active in setting up the Universal Infant Free School Meals programme.

    Councillor Gary Busuttil said: "It is likely that up to an additional 11,200 children in our borough will benefit from free school meals. This is an important development for less advantaged children which has been welcomed by many in education. It builds on the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium which benefits similar groups of children and includes those at Southfield Primary School."


    Looking for a new adventure? Then look no further...
    Your local Scout Group needs you! Would you like to do something fun and rewarding in your local community? Could you work with young people and help to deliver a variety of activities? Then please contact The Scout Association now!

    Your Southfield Councillors have been in contact with them and they are currently looking for volunteers over the age of 18, who have an interest in planning and delivering different activities to those aged 6-8 or 11-14. They are also looking for a volunteer manager to oversee the running of the Group, potentially someone who is a manager in their current working career, or someone looking to gain experience in management.

    The Scout's volunteers love what they do! Working with young people can be incredibly rewarding, seeing them achieve and make new friends can stay with you for life. Meeting like-minded people and enjoying activities are all part of a volunteer's experience with the Scout Association. No specific skills/qualifications required - full training and support will be provided. Some experience of working with children and young people may be useful but not essential.

    Councillor Andrew Steed said: "For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Lucy Whybrow on 07432 562 378 or lucy.whybrow@scouts.org.uk"

  • 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.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the publication today of July's inflation rate, which is used as the benchmark for 2015 Transport for London fares said:

    "The fall in inflation last month is obviously welcome however a rise in TfL fares by inflation plus 1 per cent cannot be justified next year.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the launch today of Dr Gerard Lyons' report, titled "The Europe Report - A win-win situation" said:

    "When has a report launch about Europe had anything less to do with Europe?

    "This taxpayer funded report should have been launched many months ago and would have played a useful contribution in the public debate running up to the European Elections. Instead this report has been used by the Mayor as a blatant cover to promote his own career ambitions. He is putting his own future before that of Londoners he has been elected to serve.

  • Event: September 11, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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  • Article: Jul 29, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's proposals to introduce a £10 surcharge for diesel vehicles to enter into central London as part of the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone said:

    "This is simply a backward step. Only last year the Mayor's 2020 Vision stated that his plan for an Ultra Low Emission Zone would restrict central London only to those vehicles which have zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions."

  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Yesterday was the first Southfield ward forum since the local elections where the Liberal Democrats were re-elected.

    The meeting took place in the Acton Green church hall, on Cunnington Street. New councillor, Gary Busuttil, was present and re-elected Councillor Andrew Steed chaired the meeting. A range of interesting topics were discussed...St. Albans Church
    Since the campaign to stop the site being converted into ten flats, local Liberal Democrats have been working with residents and church authorities to make use of the chuch.

    We were lucky to have Reverend Richard Moy and Rev Mike Tufnell present at the ward forum who also answered questions from residents. From what Reverend Moy said, it was clear it will not be quick for the church to take full ownership and management of the site but that they have lots of activities that will be run at the church including a theatre show in Autumn and a ward forum meeting next February.

    So much progress has been made and where the community come together pretty much anything is possible. Well done to all those who helped get this project this far.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and policing spokesperson, commenting on today's report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on how the Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with budget pressures said:

    "The overall judgment given to the Met Police Service's record so far is encouraging, however we cannot hide away from the fact that severe pressures will face the Met, starting from 2016.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    New figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, have revealed the Metropolitan Police Service are subsidising gun owners by millions of pounds each year.

    Last year over £3 million was spent by the Met in issuing gun licences, and since 2008 the total cost to the Met has been in excess of £20 million. Yet with the annual cost for a gun licence being just £10 (£50 for a five year licence) the amount raised by the licence fees is now just a quarter of the real bill facing the Met in carrying out vital checks before issuing gun licences.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson commenting on the highly critical KPMG report on the collapse of the Bombardier signalling contract which has just been published said:

    "It is staggering that TfL simply accepted at face value significant claims made by Bombardier before they awarded such a major contract. Due to a lack of research and basic enquiries about their actual record TfL signed up with a company that had no track record in London and little chance of being able to deliver the new signalling on some of the oldest and most complex Tube lines in the world."