Caroline Pidgeon’s London Pollution Update…. and Chris Williams’ victory in Carshalton Central is mentioned…

Cleaning up London’s air

Air pollution

With close to 10,000 Londoners dying prematurely every year we urgently need to tackle air pollution.

Sadiq Khan, as the new Mayor of London, has said some encouraging things and I have welcomed some of his initial proposals – such as bringing forward the starting date of the Ultra Low Emission Zone and introducing a new Emissions Surcharge (T-charge) on some vehicles.  However, his proposals need to go a lot further.

I have recently responded to the Mayor’s consultation stressing the need for far higher emissions standards than those currently proposed for the T-charge.  I would also like to see TfL directly procure a fleet of zero emission capable taxis and then leasing or selling them to taxi drivers. This is the only way to ensure we quickly get cleaner, cheaper-to-run taxis on our roads.

Full details of my consultation response can be seen here on the London Lib Dems website.

European vote

I was bitterly disappointed by the European Referendum result.   In particular it was a blow to London as the result so clearly did not reflect the wishes of Londoners and without question will harm London’s economy as I set out in an article I wrote for Lib Dem Voice.

Following the result London has sadly seen a rise in hate crimes and the need to stand up for the rights of EU citizens living, working and participating in our vibrant city has never been more important.

I was therefore especially pleased to join Tim Farron in visiting the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, which had been attacked, to highlight the vital importance of challenging racial abuse against any citizen of London.

I am also sitting on the Mayor’s group looking at devolution for London in light of Brexit and promoting London in the negotiations.

This motion passed by the London Assembly, which I seconded, might also be of interest.

Cycling Grants now available

Community groups across London can apply for up to £10,000 to fund cycling projects over a three year period.  Funding applications open on 1 August and close on 19 September 2016, with over £180,000 available in grants this year.

Transport for London (TfL) is calling all community groups and not-for-profit organisations to apply for cycling grants, which will equip them to help more people cycle.  Cycling Grants London (CGL) helps to fund cycling initiatives such as cycle training, bike maintenance courses and guided rides.  The programme is funded by TfL and managed by the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork London.

If you know any community groups who might be interested in applying for a grant please spread the word.  Full details can be seen here.

By-elections

In addition to a rapid growth in party membership in London it is very encouraging to see new councillors recently elected.  Even in the by-elections where we have not been as successful, it is great to see increases in our vote share in places such as Bexley, Haringey, Islington and Lewisham.

Many congratulations to Dan Whitehead who was elected in June as the new councillor for Surrey Docks ward in Southwark and Chris Williams, who was elected for Carshalton Central ward in Sutton at the end of July.  I was pleased to help in both their campaigns.

Keep in touch

I try to tweet on a regular basis.  If you would like to follow me, my twitter handle is @CarolinePidgeon.

Finally, if you would like me to raise an issue, especially through Mayor’s Question Time, please send your suggestions to info@glalibdems.org.uk

Here are some recent Mayoral Answers that might be of interest

Air quality information and awareness in London
Cost of closure of London fire stations
Damages paid following police car pursuits

Thank You Carshalton Central for electing Chris Williams

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish, Jill and Chris your Liberal Democrat Team by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Late last evening (28th July 2016) hard working local resident Chris Williams was elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor.

He joins Councillors Jill Whitehead and Hamish Pollock in representing Carshalton Central ward on Sutton Council and Tom Brake MP as your local Liberal Democrat team.

The full Carshalton Central results:

Chris Williams, Liberal Democrat: 1,250 votes, 43.4 per cent 

Conservative: 1,061 votes, 36.9 per cent 

Green: 211 votes, 7.3 per cent 

Labour: 176 votes, 6.1 per cent 

UKIP: 150 votes, 5.2 per cent 

Christian People’s Alliance: 29 votes, 1.0 per cent 

Many congratulations, Chris.

Please elect Chris Williams in the Carshalton Central by-election tomorrow 28th July 2016

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Local teacher Chris Williams is fighting a council by-election in Carshalton tomorrow — can you please help him to win? Voting starts at 7am until 10pm. There are the usual three polling stations at Westmead Road, Highfield Hall and All Saints School, Rotherfield Road.

Here in Sutton, Liberal Democrats have been celebrating 30 years of running the council, working hard to make it the best place to live for all of our residents. We are fighting a vital by-election in the heart of Tom Brake’s parliamentary seat and we ask for your help to keep Carshalton Lib Dem!

Chris lives locally, and has been fighting an overwhelmingly positive campaign, outlining his aims to protect our local heritage, improve local rail services and campaigning against Tory cuts to local pharmacies. He’s up against one of the most negative Tory campaign we’ve ever seen – so it’s really important that we win tomorrow to send a message to the Tory Party that their smear campaign will not work.

Local man Chris Williams standing up for Carshalton Central….

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish says: “Chris is an energetic local man who gets things done. As a ward councillor I have been working alongside Chris for some time on local community issues in Carshalton Central. We have worked very well together on a number of projects affecting our local area.  Chris sees tasks through and concerns himself with detail. I’ve seen Chris work well as a team member showing an independent mind, important in representative politics.  Enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and organised, Chris if elected on 28th July 2016 will become a valued local councillor.”

Jill says: “Chris has unparalleled knowledge of local educational issues, having spent a career in teaching including fourteen years teaching English at Wallington Boys. Education is considered important to our local residents many of whom moved to Sutton for our schools. But Chris also involves himself in local activities. Living near Grove Park, I know he loves the parkland and Carshalton Ponds, and he wants to keep the Carshalton buildings for community use. He fully supports Ecolocal’s proposed plans for an ecological centre of excellence at the Lodge including teaching facilities.”