Saturday, 16 July 2022


From the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Dear Londoner,

I want to make sure you’re aware that The Met Office has issued a Red Weather Warning, with very high temperatures expected for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

As the temperature continues to rise in the coming days, I urge you to be careful and to look after each other, especially those who are elderly, living alone and with chronic or severe illnesses.

However, this warning is not limited to the most vulnerable and means that changes to all our daily routines will be required, and there is likely to be an impact on travel.

Here are some of the things you can do to keep yourself, and others, safe: 

  • Drink plenty of water and, if you are out, take advantage of the 4,000 free water refill locations and more than 100 new water fountains installed by City Hall across the capital. 
  • Get familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and find out what to do if you were to suffer from a heat-related illness, by visiting the NHS website.
  • Where possible, stay out of the sun between 11am-3pm. A​pply sun cream and wear a hat or sunglasses when you are outdoors. Take advantage of the Cool Spaces that are available across the capital to help you stay out of the sun.
  • Keep your home as cool as possible—shading windows and shutting them during the day may help. Open them when it is cooler at night.
  • Only travel if essential, avoid travelling during the hottest times, and carry water with you when on public transport. The TfL network includes 192 air-conditioned Tube trains, with all London Overground and the Elizabeth line trains air-conditioned, and reflective roofs, insulation and opening windows on buses.
  • Avoid the dangers of swimming in the Thames or in London's canals and waterways and always follow the Fire Brigade’s water safety guidance.
  • Be aware of the heightened fire risk during the heatwave. Consider where you are having barbecues and never barbecue on a balcony or near dry grass. Ensure that all rubbish and cigarettes are properly disposed of.
  • Use water wisely so as not to waste it. If you can, use leftover water from washing up or baths to water your plants and trees. 
  • Avoid unnecessary car journeys and idling as a high pollution alert will be in effect. Older people and those with lung problems should reduce strenuous physical exertion due to the pollution, and everyone is encouraged to limit physical activity to the cooler parts of the day.
  • Avoid excess alcohol.
  • Only call 999 in a genuine emergency. If you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, or have intense thirst, move to a cool place, rehydrate and cool your body down. Londoners can also access expert NHS health advice 24hrs a day by calling 111 or going online.
  • People sleeping rough during the heatwave are at serious risk of heat exhaustion. If you're concerned for the welfare of someone sleeping rough in our city, contact StreetLink to connect them to local services. 

All of the capital’s key agencies and emergency services are working closely together to ensure London is prepared for the extreme heat and will continue to provide advice for Londoners ahead of Monday.

I urge Londoners to be very careful and to look after each other in the coming days.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan 

Friday, 18 February 2022

RED weather warning Friday 18th February

The Met Office have issued a rare RED warning for wind in the London area between 10am and 3pm today due to fears of storm Eunice causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds.

RED is the highest alert and means there is risk to life. Storm Eunice is the worst to hit London for 3 decades -

The Mayor of London has urged people to stay at home, not take risks and to not travel unless “absolutely essential”.

The Met Office recommends that you secure any loose objects such as bins, garden furniture, ladders or anything else that could be blown around.

Doors and windows should be closed firmly - particularly those to the windward side of the house - and especially large doors, like those on garages.

Vehicles should be parked in a garage, if possible - if not, make sure they are clear of trees, buildings, and fences.

During the storm, the Met Office advises that you stay indoors as much as possible. Don't go outdoors to repair damage while the storm is in progress.

If you do go out, it says, try not to walk near buildings and trees. The Met Office also recommends that you keep away from the sheltered side of boundary fences and walls - this is the side they will collapse on.

Keep pets inside if you can.

If you need to report storm damage, or a tree has fallen or has a low hanging branch, please call the council trees team on 020 7926 3542.

In an emergency, please call 999.

Monday, 31 January 2022

Open letter: Make Potters Lane underpass safer


Streatham St Leonard's Ward Councillors open letter to make Potters Lane, SW16, safe


Heads of Public Protection in Lambeth

Wandsworth Community Safety Team 
Metropolitan Police Service

Network Rail (Public Affairs manager)




Furzedown Ward Councillors (Wandsworth)

Streatham St Leonard's Ward Councillors (Lambeth)

Chair of Streatham Action

Chair, St Leonard’s Safer Neighbourhood Cttee

To Whom it may Concern

We are writing to you following two incidents in this area over the past ten days. We are extremely concerned that people using the two underpasses - Potters Lane/Eardley Road and Potters Lane/Estreham Road feel safe when they do so.

Residents in this area are calling on the public protection teams at Lambeth and Wandsworth Borough Councils, Network Rail and the Metropolitan Police Service to work closely together to swiftly ensure public safety at this borough boundary which crosses Network Rail land.

On Friday, 14 January at 13.10hrs,  a 27-year-old woman, who was jogging, sustained a head injury and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, after being severely assaulted in Potters Lane, close to Estreham Road, SW16.  CAD ref: 4408 14January.


Another female was assaulted in the Potters Lane underpass that runs between Eardley Road in Wandsworth and Estreham Road in Lambeth on 25th January, 2022 at 17.20hrs. CAD ref: 5725 25jan


These two attacks, just a week apart are understandably causing alarm to many of those who use the underpass including commuters, families taking their children to school and nurseries and shoppers.


We urge you to come forward with an action plan to set out how these residents can feel safe when using this area. 


Streatham St Leonard's Ward Cllrs

Scott Ainslie

Nicole Griffiths

Jonathan Bartley


Green Party – Streatham, St Leonard’s Ward

London Borough of Lambeth



T: @GreenPartyScott

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Have your say on TfL’s proposals for a new pedestrian crossing

 Consultation closes today - Thursday 27th January

Transport for London (TfL) are consulting on proposals to relocate a signalised pedestrian crossing on the A23 Streatham High Road, from just south of the junction with Woodbourne Avenue to the junction of the A23 and Gracefield Gardens.

This proposal follows observations that found many pedestrians wish to cross the road at this point and have been doing so informally, which has led to a high number of accidents in this area. In the 36 months to the end of February 2020, there were 14 collisions resulting in personal injury at or close to the junction of Gracefield Gardens and Streatham High Road. Of these 14 collisions, nine (64%) involved a pedestrian and two of these were serious.

You can have your say on this proposal at:

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Council waters down Green proposals to improve air quality and address the climate crisis


Labour councillors in Lambeth have watered down proposals made by the Green group to clean up Lambeth’s toxic air.

The move came at the full Council meeting on September 22nd, where Green councillors proposed a motion, ‘Clean Air in Lambeth’, which called on Lambeth council to act urgently to improve air quality and address the climate crisis across the borough. This included setting its own targets and adopting Clean Air in London’s (1) proposal to set an ‘Air Pollution Control Area’ (APCA) within the existing Air Quality Management Area across the borough based on the World Health Organisations most recent guidelines (2). 

This would also have given the council the ability to review the APCA every year to decide whether to maintain or lower the emission limit or to require zero emissions which could be linked to the dynamic borough wide Carbon Action Plan.

But Labour councillors amended the Green group’s motion removing the proposals which would have allowed the council to set its own targets to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Greens are now urging the Labour administration to reconsider their rejection of the proposals and adopt them.

Cllr Pete Elliott said, “The Labour group have missed a vital opportunity by removing the ability to set its own targets as bold action on air quality improvement comes with significant co-benefits. Many of the causes of poor air quality are the same things that have contributed to our climate emergency. So, by addressing the causes of poor air quality we will also help ourselves on our urgent journey to net zero carbon emissions in Lambeth by 2030.” 

Cllr Nicole Griffiths said, “This motion identifies, and focuses on, vitally important issues – the good health and wellbeing of our children, and all those who either have, or are vulnerable to, pollution related illness. This is particularly relevant in this time of covid. We need to do everything we possibly can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of all kinds as air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change”.

She added, “Despite some progress, Lambeth is still one of the most polluted boroughs in Europe. Hundreds of people have had their lives cut short every year and all of us in Lambeth are impacted daily by poor air quality. We’re relieved that this was recognised at Wednesday’s meeting, but disappointed that the council has missed a crucial opportunity to set it’s own targets linked to the upcoming borough Carbon Action plan”.


Have your say on the Oval to Streatham walking and cycling changes


TfL have begun a consultation on the recent walking and cycling changes made over the past few months. Please share your views on the experimental scheme by taking part in this survey

It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The consultation on the scheme is open for six months. TfL expect views and experiences could change over time so it’s possible to respond more than once if you wish to.