Sunday, 21 January 2018

Promise of 20mph on danger road outside school

Cllr Ainslie, Nicole Griffiths and Jonathan Bartley for 20mph

Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie has won commitments from Lambeth Council and Transport for London for a 20mph speed limit on Mitcham Lane, and changes to the crossing outside St Leonard’s Primary School to reduce the risk of children being hit by traffic.

With the school size due to grow from 270 to 470 in five years, many more children will be spilling out onto the pavement next to the busy road each day.

Head teacher Simon Jackson said, “Scott has been really good at quickly bringing all the relevant parties together to see the problems and discuss what is needed to prevent an accident."

More road works - as new St Leonard's Junction crossing to go ahead

News that the long-awaited improvements to St Leonard's Junction are to go ahead in February has come just as motorists are dealing with the nightmare of emergency sewer repairs closing the southbound A23 between Prentis Road and Shrubbery Road.

Green councillor Scott Ainslie, has been in direct contact with senior Transport for London managers to alert them to the need for traffic to diverted to avoid the gridlock in the centre of Streatham, which may continue for two weeks as Thames Water dig down to repair a sewer 5 metres below the road.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Streatham next for parking survey

People living in Streatham are going to be asked whether they want a controlled parking zone to tackle the problems of parking congestion.

A survey of Streatham Hill was carried out in November and now residents of three other wards are to be asked their views: St Leonard's, Streatham Wells and Streatham South.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Mystery of police base petition that Mayor never saw

Green campaigners say goodbye to front counter staff
Mystery surrounds a petition set up by Labour councillors over proposals to close Lambeth police stations - including the base in Streatham.

Hundreds of signatures were gathered from residents concerned that the proposals from Mayor Sadiq Khan would leave the most vulnerable people without access to their local police.

Now a Freedom of Information request has found that while the mayor did receive petitions organised by other parties, the one set up and advertised by Labour councillors was never submitted at City Hall.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Cllr Scott Ainslie lone voice supporting survivors' calls on redress for child abuse in Lambeth care

Cllr Ainslie and survivors' spokesman Raymond Stevenson
Lambeth Council's redress scheme for children who were abused in its care was nodded through by the council's cabinet this week without a formal vote and against the wishes of survivors who say they have no confidence in the local authority to bring out the truth about what happened to them.

Hundreds of survivors who attended a noisy Cabinet meeting held at the Oval cricket ground were unclear what had happened as council leader Lib Peck looked up at her colleagues and asked "Is that agreed then?", before closing the meeting and walking out to the sounds of angry protests.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Have our say on future planning priorities in Streatham

Lambeth Council is asking for people's views on priorities for future developments in housing, transport and the environment in Streatham - and Lambeth as a whole.

Consultation ends 11pm on Monday 4 December.

The Local Plan - which sets out guidelines for local council officers and decision makers over the next 15 years - is an important document, which will affect where developers can build, the density and height of new housing blocks, transport decisions, and how much importance will be given to issues such as traffic congestion and air pollution.

Before drawing up a review of the existing Local Plan, the council wants to understand the priorities of existing residents. It asking for a views on 12 topics through an online survey, here.

Where are the clean buses Streatham was promised?

Nicole Griffiths: 'Where are clean buses?'

A promised ‘clean bus corridor’ through Brixton and Streatham has been delayed, the Green Party has learned.

The plan for either hybrid buses or diesels with top-of-the-range anti-pollutant systems to run along the A23 was due to start in October, cutting nitrogen dioxide emissions by up to 84%. Officials now say they aim for it to be in place by the end of year.”

The Brixton and Streatham low emission zone was due to cover Stockwell Road, Brixton Hill and Streatham High Road, but at present, it is still served by the old bus fleet.

The delay follows news that Lambeth is the second worst borough in London for action to tackle air pollution, according to a report for the Mayor's office.