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Sadiq Khan

  • Mayor of London

Mayor of London, elected in 2016 and former MP for Tooting.


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Petitioning Westminster City Council, Sadiq Khan

Don’t let the Duke of Westminster demolish our homes!

We are the residents of Cundy Street and Walden House and we need your help!  The property group Grosvenor, owned by the Duke of Westminster, wants to demolish our homes. This will destroy our community and uproot us from our homes.  The Duke of Westminster owns more land than the Queen. He is the richest landlord in the UK with an estimated wealth of £9 billion, which at the age of 28 makes him the richest person under 30 in the world. He does not need to do this to us. We are a community that have been living in this area for over 40 years. Young families who have children that attend the local church school, elderly residents that should not be worried about losing their homes but rather be enjoying their retirement, single parents, and families that have been living here for generations. We are a community, we live amongst friends and family and now face the possibility of having our community fragmented and destroyed.  Walden House is owned by Grosvenor, but historically has been leased to Westminster Council for council housing provision. Grosvenor are now cancelling the lease and plan to demolish the building. The Cundy Street flats are a mixture of affordable and market rent accommodation next to Walden House. Many of the residents are elderly and have lived in the area their whole lives. These too will be knocked down. We are facing homelessness and the break up of our community. We will not be able to afford similar housing in the area.  There is nothing wrong with these beautiful buildings - Grosvenor just want to make more money. This is simply about putting profit before people. This is valuable land, and we are seen as getting in the way of building high-rise luxury investment flats.  Please help us save this wonderful corner of London and our community.  We call on Grosvenor and Westminster City Council to cancel the plans to demolish Cundy Street Flats and Walden House.

Cundy & Walden Street
215,328 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP

Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.

Globally, we throw away 500 million straws a day and according to PlasticOceans.org, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans yearly. Plastic cutlery and straws have an incredibly short usage time, yet take several 100 years to break down and decompose when they end up in our oceans. No marine species are safe from the toxic impact of the plastic that is heavily polluting our oceans. Straws and cutlery often end up in the digestive systems and in the noses and throats of our marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling species of fish and marine mammals. Multiple studies have also shown that we too are consuming the plastic fragments ingested by fish. Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway are giants in their fields. They have the power to lead the way in industry-wide change when it comes to the wasteful and toxic throwing away of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic DAILY. When they make the change, others will be encouraged to follow. If smaller, independent coffee and fast-food stores are able to use paper straws and biodegradable alternatives to plastic cutlery, huge companies like Starbucks and McDonald's most definitely can too. It is thought that if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 our oceans could hold more plastic than they do fish. We have to make a change NOW. 

Kirstie Brittain
169,316 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

London needs an urgent plan to end knife & gun crime. Take action now!

Growing up in the forgotten areas of East London, some of my closest childhood friends have either been stabbed or involved in the stabbing of someone else. I felt powerless back then. I thought I was too young and ill-equipped to really do anything that could make a difference. Violent crime is making headlines right now, but for me has always been there. Such violence was the norm growing up and it shouldn’t have been. A decade after leaving secondary school, the problem is still there, and terrifyingly the data says that the problem is growing. The night before I wrote this (5/4/18) six people were stabbed in London in 90 minutes. Seeing the recent increase in violence and murders around London shows  that not enough has been done to improve the lives of the forgotten people in our city. This is not just a London issue, violent crime is affecting many other cities in the UK. It feels like to those in power, some people’s lives don’t mean as much.  Another death from knife or gun crime is treated as “just another statistic” and in doing so some are desensitized to the real meaning or gravity of another person's death and the direct impact these crimes have on the lives of a victim's family or the indirect impact it has on our society as a whole. It feels like authorities have forgotten the people dying are people’s brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, colleagues, cousins, friends. Victims like Iuliana Tudos, Kwabena Nelson, Leyla Mtumwa are real people who have had their lives stolen from them. After the sharp rise in acid attacks last year, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd produced an urgent action plan to tackle the problem. Right now, it is knife and gun crime in London that is killing and destroying people’s lives, we urgently need the authorities to step up and produce a similar plan to tackle it. It doesn’t feel like the Mayor’s Office or the Home Office are doing anything to help. And I have had enough. I have started this petition to urge Sadiq Khan and Amber Rudd to work together, and produce an urgent action plan for how they are going to stop stabbings and gun crime in our capital. This week Sadiq Khan has been using the hashtag #LondonNeedsYouAlive. If he really believes that I want to see him produce some urgent, concrete solutions. Please join me by signing this petition. Together we can make our voices heard. #LondonNeedsUSalive

Alexander Aina
124,879 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Sadiq Khan

Lee Sibley ‘SACK Sadiq Khan as London Mayor’

Sadiq Khan is a ‘controversial’ mayor and the worst we have ever seen. with his recent comments on Trump It’s very worrying to see London mayor having an agenda on a Person he has never met before. khan said its ‘unbritish’ to roll our a red carpet this could be interpreted as a ‘racists comment’ for many reasons depending on how people sees it. hes also offensive and disrespectful and dangerous in the comments he has made. he also gave permission to fly the immature baby blimp of President Donald Trump again which is totally offensive. he has also done a bad job on crime and said its part of the parcel living in a big city. hes damaging our relationship and democracy. its time he’s sacked by the people. A lot of people are concerned about crime which has increased to: * Rape up 18% * Theft up 34%  * Homicide up 27%  * Burgarly up 19%  * Gun crime up 16% * Knife crime up 31% * Youth Homicide up 70% Is this a future you want? the only way to reduce crime is to sack Sadiq Khan who has said its part of parcel and hasn’t condemn any violence and is always in-denial. He’s very childish when it comes to relationships with the United States and it’s President Donald Trump. Because, Sadiq Khan says he’s like a baby � this is ignorance and a lack of respect. London, does not stand for this. sadiq Khan fails to make crime fall as since he’s been mayor people are always being killed and feeling unsafe on the streets of London. Which is why many people have signed my petition due to the fact they are really concerned he is failing on what he promised. Mr Khan is also blamed for the increase ‘knife crime’ and rather than being unwelcome to the president and treating those who are Brexiteers are appalling. nobody, no longer feels safe in the great city of London. Liam Gallagher has criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan for his response to London’s knife crimeepidemic, claiming that he is fearful for the safety of his children. “Every morning you wake up there’s some 16-year-old being knifed to death and that,” the former Oasisfrontman told BBC Breakfast. “I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers. I’d have a word with that mayor – he seems to not be doing a good job, all them kids getting knifed and all that.” Referencing Khan’s official campaign to celebrate the capital’s diversity, Gallagher continued: “The only thing that ever comes out of his mouth is, ‘London is open’. What, open for knife crime and dying and stuff?” a lot of famous people are also calling Khan out for his lack of morals and his incompetent and immature and ignorant behaviour. he does not stand for London nor does he represent them. this is out capital and he’s causing divisions. He gets a big salary off £143,911 which a lot of people would love the chance to have and funny how he has security and does not care about anyone. He could donate this money to ��‍♀️ Then, he got rid most of the police in London which is why the crime has increased considerably. This unintelligent comments London mayor Sadiq Khan calls President Donald Trump ‘6ft 3 child’ made by mayor is unnaceptable and spewing hatred and should be sacked. He also described President as ‘poster boy for racists’ this is totally unnaceptable and unnecessary that the mayor wants to savage our relationship and is a deluded and absurd man! these comments made by him could lead to hatred and violence. He really contradicts himself.  He also joked to ask whether people got their phones on and if the President has tweeted. Everyone, fed up with this vile and hatred and disgusting human being who has so much anger. It’s really worrying to see since he is the mayor of our great capital. im asking you alongside everyone who signed to sack the disgrace Mayor who represents no one apart from himself. hes also incompetent when comes down to crime and so much more...... Another, reason Sadiq Khan should be sacked is he no longer represent the people of London our great capital. He unwelcome the president which is our closest ally. He also has a biased opinion and despite the fact he should stay out of the government business, makes you wonder how he treats his constituents. SADIQ KHAN’S single greatest failure as the Mayor of London has been revealed by Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who insisted the "situation will not change" under his leadership. Even now other people have basically said Mr Khan is ‘Inept’ and nothing will change as long as he will be our mayor.  This is why he needs to be removed office as the people are losing faith and thousands people from London mostly signed my petition and they have complained about the way he had done things badly. “Sadiq Khan's record as London Mayor has been marked by rising knife crime across the capital and a very public spat with President Donald Trump. But, Shaun Bailey, who will be competing against Mr Khan in next year’s mayoral election, told Express.co.uk that he felt Mr Khan’s greatest failure had been an all-encompassing lack of leadership. He said: “Crime has demonstrated that he’s shown no kind of leadership in London at all. And we really need that leadership right now.” He also spent all of his time trying to blame others whilst not owning up to the fact he has poor communication and poor leadership. So then we know the situation won’t change as long as he is mayor. In London your always hearing on the news there’s knife attacks, there’s attacks of all sorts and yet you continue to let him hold office. But he never condemns on TV and keeps-very quiet while there people who had kids and feel unsafe. Because of Khans divisions people feel unwelcome to visit London for many reasons such as the dramatic decrease of police. Sadiq has also not delivered on all the promises he made which makes him inept. Mr Khan has defended his record and blamed Government cuts for the rise in crime in London. A spokesman said: "Knife and violent crime is slowing in the capital, but Sadiq is absolutely clear that it remains unacceptably high - across the country - as a direct consequence of the crippling cuts the Government has made to the police and preventative services since 2010." Mr Khan blames everyone else apart from himself he never takes any sort of responsibility for the mistakes he has made.   His record is a catastrophe which we are demanding democratic you sack him otherwise the problem will get worse.   I could says paragraphs more but will keep very short....

Lee Sibley
110,428 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

Stop Mayor Khan's ULEZ zone extension to the North & South Circular roads in London

The extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular Roads will price working Londoners off the roads !! Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North & South Circular roads will mean anyone OUTSIDE the zone will have to pay : £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes; £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs ,to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year..OUTER LONDON IS RESIDENTIAL & should NOT be subject to the ULEZ !!  The ULEZ standards are: Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles So if you own a petrol car older than Jan 2005 (Euro 4 ) you will have to pay : If you own a motorcycle non Euro 3 compliant or first registered before July 2007 you will have to pay  If you own a diesel car not Euro 6 compliant (registered before Sept 2014 ) you will have to pay . A stealth tax & NOTHING to do with air pollution !! Also what steps have Transport for London taken to cope with the already struggling bus , tube & train services ??ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !! THIS IS JUST THE START ..Mayor Khan plans to extend the ULEZ zone still further up to the M25 !! EVEN IF YOU LIVE NOWHERE NEAR LONDON PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BECAUSE : ONCE THIS IS PASSED IN LONDON IT WILL BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN/CITY , TRUST ME !! 

John Wyszomierski
96,530 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,514 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

Zero tolerance on Islamic extremists

I am just a normal British member of the public, mother and Early Years Manager. In recent months here has been a drive to incorporate British Values into our children's learning from nursery school right through to adulthood. As early years educators we are also having to attend Radicalisation/Channel/Prevent Duty and Safeguarding training. This is all very well and good and I know we have to all be aware and look out for any warning signs and report them but when neighbours don't even recognise that their neighbours are terrorists it is clear they are far more clever in disguising their true intentions. As Theresa has said everyone plays a part and we all have to come together to address the situation we now find ourselves. However, it is also clear we have thousands of people living in this country who are radicalised and are continuing to plot barbaric attacks on our people. What is concerning is that many of these people are known to our counter terrorist unit so it is clear we do not have the resources to watch each and everyone of these people. This surely means there is always a high threat that some will slip through the net and continue to kill and traumatise the British public. I am no expert in politics but for me a mum of three and a concerned member of the public can we surely not say together that it should now be a zero tolerance in any extremism behaviour and anyone displaying such behaviour whether they've committed a crime yet or not should be imprisoned or moved out of our country?!? We cannot continue as we are. This is Great Britain and if people do not respect and follow our values they should not be free to live here, claim our benefits and mix with our innocent children. We need to stand for zero tolerance and get our country back to being a safe place to live in for all our true British citizens and the children of our future. If we want to Keep Britain British and Great then we can not allow it to be taken over by these Barbarians. 

Lisa Sutton
47,690 supporters
Stop the Concrete Factories next to the Olympic Park and rezone the site from being SIL

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Bow East Goods Yard. The previous applications for concrete batching on this site were refused unanimously by the London Legacy Development Corporation’s (LLDC) Planning Decision Committee on 26 September 2017. The applicants challenged this decision and appealed. The case was to be heard at a Public Inquiry chaired by an independent Planning Inspector in February 2019 and the LLDC was preparing to defend the decision of the Planning Decisions Committee. However, the applicant withdrew its appeal. We understand that the applicants have formed a joint venture and have recently undertaken some community consultation on revised proposals and an application is expected later this year. Like any other planning application made to the LLDC, this will be considered against planning policy and local people will be able to have their say on any proposals through the statutory planning consultation. This will include any controls which could reasonably be placed on any operations that are proposed to be continued at the site. There are currently no plans for the LLDC to acquire this site, but we understand the Corporation is in conversation with Network Rail about the long-term future use of both the Bow East and Bow West sites. These are identified and listed as Strategic Industrial Locations (Fish Island/Marshgate Lane) within the New London Plan Table 6.3. The Plan – and its supporting evidence – are clear that there is a strategic need to protect the capacity of this land for industrial, logistics and related uses and any future proposals requiring planning permission will need to take this into account. The current uses are historic and are not covered by any planning permission. The use of the site for storage of materials transported by rail cannot be controlled by the Corporation as the Local Planning Authority. For instance, the amount of vehicle trips to the site or the heights of the materials stored on site cannot be controlled by the LLDC. We understand that LLDC’s chief executive, Lyn Garner, has written to both the owners (Network Rail) and the operators (DB Cargo) raising concerns about nuisance caused by the site and the LLDC continues to seek improvements from both parties. Any environmental concerns about the current operation of the site are a matter for the Environment Agency and the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets. If anyone has concerns about operations on the site affecting them (such as dust coming from the site), these should be reported to the relevant Borough Environmental Health Office (where the complainant is experiencing the pollution). For complaints in the London Borough of Newham the contact is: pollution.inquiry@newham.gov.uk. For complaints in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets the contact is: Environmental.Protection@towerhamlets.gov.uk. It is also important to clarify Sir Peter Hendy’s role. As the Chair of both LLDC and Network Rail, he has declared his conflict of interest to both organisations and is taking no part in decision making regarding this site at either body. It should also be noted that DB Cargo, which has a lease of the land, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the site. The LLDC’s role is as the local planning authority and it has a statutory duty to determine any planning applications made to the Corporation. Sir Peter has no role on the LLDC’s Planning Decisions Committee, which takes decisions on applications for significant development within the Corporation’s area. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Terminate MTR Crossrail's £1.4bn contract to operate the new Crossrail Elizabeth Line.

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL). The safety of all those travelling on the Transport for London (TfL) network is a key priority for TfL and the Mayor. This is a core component of all TfL’s contracts with train operating companies, which provide services on its behalf, including MTRCL. MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited, a subsidiary of MTRCL, was awarded a contract to run the Elizabeth line services in 2014 following a thorough, competitive and transparent procurement process. The contract is for eight years with the option to extend for a further two years. You can view the contract at: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/ctoc-concession-agreement.pdf. As with all its agreements with operators, TfL will review them according to the conditions in the contract and performance at the appropriate time. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Metroline condone abuse of passenger

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the behaviour of a member of Metroline staff towards a passenger. Transport for London (TfL) expects its bus operators to provide the highest standard of customer service at all times and the Mayor requested that TfL follow up the incident you outlined in your petition with Metroline. Metroline has fully investigated the incident and TfL has assured us that appropriate action has now been taken. The outcome of these investigations is a confidential matter between Metroline and their employee, so it is not appropriate for TfL to advise what action has been taken. Thank you for making us aware of this matter. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 days ago
Commend The Young Black Men Who Saved Police Officer During Machete Attack in Leyton.

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about recognition for the young black men who came to Police Constable (PC) Outten’s assistance. The attack on PC Outten was absolutely awful and the Mayor is grateful to the brave individuals who came to his aid. Violence against London’s police officers is never acceptable. Whilst the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) would never want members of the public to put themselves at risk, they are always grateful for the brave and selfless actions of the public in circumstances such as this. The police have established procedures for recognising acts of gallantry from the public and the Mayor understands that this will apply in this instance. Thank you for raising the profile of these brave individuals. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago
Save our young people

Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the effects of knife crime and violent gang culture on Camden borough. It’s inspiring to hear of your extensive knowledge, experience, and desire to help be a part of addressing this issue. Like you, the Mayor is also concerned about the increase in knife crime in London. The Mayor’s first priority is to keep Londoners safe and he has made tackling violence a key priority. He has been clear that the levels of violence, which have risen in London and around the country, are too high. Every life lost to violence is a tragedy and every injury has serious impacts, both for those affected and London’s wider communities. You have described the impact which knife crime and gang culture has had on the communities within Camden and also the results of cuts in public services. Unfortunately, the Government has made the fight against knife crime increasingly difficult by giving less money to the police and allowing police numbers to drop so significantly. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has had to save more than £850 million since 2013-14, resulting in officer numbers falling to a level not seen since 2003. The Mayor has done everything he can to support the MPS, taking difficult decisions including increasing the police share of council tax by the maximum amount permissible in law and moving money from business rates into policing. Thanks to these decisions, he has been able to invest a further £234 million in policing, protecting 1,000 officer posts that would otherwise have been lost and enabling the recruitment of an additional 300 officers. However, with the vast majority of police funding provided by the Government, the Mayor cannot close the funding gap caused by the Government’s austerity programme alone. Since his election in 2016 he has lobbied intensively for the Government to reverse police cuts and properly fund the MPS. The Mayor has therefore welcomed the new Prime Minister’s agreement that the Government’s police cuts were a mistake and the announcement of plans to support the recruitment of 20,000 police officers nationally to partially reverse these cuts. The Mayor agrees with the Commissioner that London needs 6,000 of these officers. He has written to the new Home Secretary seeking clarification that the MPS will receive 6,000 officers, and that these officers are in addition to the 1,300 officers being funded by City Hall. He has also sought urgent clarification that all 20,000 additional officers will be split between the territorial police forces. While the National Crime Agency, counter terror policing and other national agencies require investment, it’s crucial that the full 6,000 go into our London communities. Despite the Government cuts, the Mayor has established a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and is providing £15 million annually to support its operation. The taskforce enables the MPS to be even more proactive on the streets of the capital, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality. Violence is still at very serious levels, but between the launch of the VCTF in April 2018 and the end of September 2019, the command has carried out 10,951 weapons sweeps, recovered 1,258 knives, 822 offensive weapons and arrested 6,849 suspects. Over the same period, wider activity across the MPS targeting violence has seen 55,508 weapon sweeps carried out and 4,064 knives recovered along with 1,935 offensive weapons. In addition to cuts to the police, Government cuts to preventative services such as youth services, community groups, education and probation have reversed decades of progress in tackling the root causes of violent offending by young people. The reversal in cuts to policing must go hand in hand with a reversal in the cuts to preventative services if we are to achieve a lasting reduction in violence. To help London’s children and young adults, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime, make the most of our amazing city, the Mayor has also created the Young Londoners Fund (YLF). The Mayor’s investment of £45 million into the YLF will enable children and young people to fulfil their potential, through a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities. The fund will see £30 million made available for projects in local communities. The remaining £15 million is being invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners. So far, 179 projects have been awarded funding; information can be found here: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/young-londoners-fund-projects. These include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions. For further information please see: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/young-londoners/mayors-young-londoners-fund. As well as this, the Mayor has committed £6.8 million to fund the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The VRU includes specialists in health, youth and social services to lead a long-term public health approach to tackle the causes of violent crime. The VRU looks to build on Glasgow’s success, scaling up an approach that has worked in a city with a population of 600,000 people to a capital with over 9 million. Since the Mayor announced the creation of the VRU in September 2018, listening to and learning from those affected by and working to address violence has been the Unit’s top priority ¬– recognising that the VRU must put the community at the heart of its work and only by doing so can it take a sustainable long-term approach towards reducing violence. The Unit’s commitments to community and youth involvement are set out in its strategy here: www.london.gov.uk/moderngovmb/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=443&MId=6342&Ver=4. A public health approach means no more looking at violence as an isolated incident. It doesn’t mean excusing criminality, but it does mean that to genuinely change behaviour the Unit must look at the context and influences that impact on individuals at significant points in their life; acknowledging that no individual operates in a vacuum but is both part of and influenced by a huge range of other contexts. The work programme will follow the path of a child’s journey through life, recognising that young people can be exposed to vulnerable situations in a range of social contexts that go beyond the family. As the child moves from the home into the community, there is further impact from a broader range of influences and experiences. For most children growing up in London, these experiences reflect the fantastic range of culture, diversity and opportunity available. But for some, there are more challenging or problematic experiences. A funded work programme for years one and two has been developed, drawing on evidence from current successful initiatives, and reflects what the stakeholders and local communities have conveyed that they want to see. In the first year of operation the VRU will prioritise the following key areas: • Expanding after-school provision in high-crime areas – following data which shows that violent incidents involving young people aged 10-16 are more likely to happen at the end of the school day. • Supporting the often-difficult transition from primary to secondary school. • Supporting schools to reduce school exclusions by piloting a programme of inclusion and nurturing as developed in Glasgow, where exclusions were reduced by 81 per cent over the last decade. • Providing extra support for young people affected by domestic violence – following evidence of the link between involvement in violence and children witnessing violence in the home. The VRU will work with women and girls’ networks to work towards equity of provision and access for young people aligned with support services for adults on a pan-London level. • Supporting parents – expanding access to parenting programmes to support parents who are concerned about their children – enabling them to access information and good practice, share their concerns and support each other. • Investing in supporting vulnerable parents and carers including those who are victims of crime and in the Criminal Justice System. • Investing in London’s youth workers by co-producing a programme of training and development to support and grow their profession. • Working with young people on establishing a Young Persons’ Action Group to inform the Unit’s work – the Group will be representative of young people across London and will make decisions to inform the work of the Unit, backed up with funding to put those actions into practice to make a real difference in communities. • Piloting programmes in prisons and young offender institutions. • Working at a neighbourhood level and with local Community Safety Partnerships to continue developing best practice and multi-agency action plans to address violence and knife crime in their areas. • Investing in grassroots initiatives to combat knife crime to make sure that these groups are supported in the long term with sufficient investment. The causes of violence are complicated, and so there is no one simple solution. Progress will come from a combination of tough enforcement by the police and interventions to help people make better life choices and turn away from crime. Taken together, this short-term enforcement by the police and long-term activity across services will deliver a relentless focus on tackling knife crime and violence across the capital. I hope that this provides you with an overview of the range of action the Mayor is taking to tackle violence in order to ensure that London is an even safer place for everyone. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
STOP Cockfosters Station Car Park Development to keep crucial facilities in our area

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to develop the car park at Cockfosters station. In response to the capital’s housing crisis, and as one of London’s largest landowners, TfL is striving to build homes that Londoners desperately need. It is bringing forward thousands of homes on dozens of sites across London at locations in close proximity to the transport network, which is where people want to live and are the most sustainable sites to develop. This proposal at Cockfosters is a fantastic opportunity to deliver affordable, high-quality rental homes, while also generating significant ongoing revenue to reinvest into the transport network. TfL is also seeking to deliver improved public realm, cycle hubs and other local improvements through the redevelopment. TfL has carried out surveys and research into how the car park at Cockfosters is currently used. This research shows only 18 per cent of users live locally in Enfield or neighbouring Barnet. The majority of car park users – 75 per cent – travel from outside the M25, from areas such as Biggleswade, Peterborough and Stevenage. These journeys are increasing congestion and vehicle emissions on local roads. Therefore, removing the car park should reduce traffic in the area and improve air quality. Importantly, TfL’s research also showed that 95 per cent of car park users have an alternative station closer to their home, so could make their journeys using public transport. Within this scheme, TfL is considering removing existing parking and limiting the provision of and access to parking for new residents. However, to be clear, TfL will retain and provide additional spaces for customers and new residents who are Blue Badge holders. The removal or reduction of parking at stations can bring wider benefits, including encouraging more sustainable travel choices, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and, crucially, freeing up land to assist in the delivery of new homes including affordable homes. It is important to note that no final decisions have been made yet. TfL recently began a period of engagement with the local community to hear and understand local people’s priorities and aspirations for their area. TfL acknowledges that the loss or reduction of parking at these stations is proving an emotive issue locally and it is considering this alongside all of the other issues raised by local people and elected representatives. TfL looks forward to discussing the opportunities with the local community and stakeholders and will continue to engage throughout the year as the proposals progress. TfL would like to encourage you to share your views within this consultation process to help shape this scheme. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Minimise Knife Crime

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the increase in knife crime. Like you, the Mayor is also concerned about the increase in knife crime in London. The Mayor’s first priority is to keep Londoners safe and he has made tackling violence a key priority. He has been clear that the levels of violence, which have risen in London and around the country, are too high. Every life lost to violence is a tragedy and every injury has serious impacts, both for those affected and London’s wider communities. Unfortunately, the Government has made the fight against knife crime increasingly difficult by giving less money to the police and allowing police numbers to drop so significantly. While new investment in policing is much needed and very welcome, the Mayor is clear that enforcement is just one element of the efforts to cut serious violence. In addition to cuts to the police, Government cuts to preventative services such as youth services, community groups, education and probation have reversed decades of progress in tackling the root causes of violent offending by young people. The reversal in cuts to policing must go hand in hand with a reversal in the cuts to preventative services if we are to achieve a lasting reduction in violence. As a result of Government cuts, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has had to save more than £850 million since 2013-14, resulting in officer numbers falling to a level not seen since 2003. The Mayor has done everything he can to support the MPS, taking difficult decisions including increasing the police share of council tax by the maximum amount permissible in law and moving money from business rates into policing. Thanks to these decisions, he has been able to invest a further £234 million in policing, protecting 1,000 officer posts that would otherwise have been lost and enabling the recruitment of an additional 300 officers. However, with the vast majority of police funding provided by the Government, the Mayor cannot close the funding gap caused by the Government’s austerity programme alone. Since his election in 2016 he has lobbied intensively for the Government to reverse their police cuts and properly fund the MPS. He has welcomed therefore the new Prime Minister’s agreement that the Government’s police cuts were a mistake, and the announcement of plans to support the recruitment of 20,000 police officers nationally to partially reverse these cuts. The Mayor agrees with the Commissioner that London needs 6,000 of these officers. He has written to the new Home Secretary seeking clarification that the MPS will receive the 6,000 officers, and that these officers are in addition to the 1,300 officers being funded by City Hall. He has also sought urgent clarification that all 20,000 additional officers will be split between the territorial police forces. While the National Crime Agency, counter terror policing and other national agencies require investment, it’s crucial that the full 6,000 go into our London communities. Despite the Government cuts, the Mayor has established a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and is providing £15 million annually to support its operation. The taskforce enables the MPS to be even more proactive on the streets of the capital, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality. Violence is still at very serious levels, but between the launch of the VCTF in April 2018 and the end of August 2019, the command has carried out 10,572 weapons sweeps, recovered 1,158 knives, 790 offensive weapons and arrested 6,548 suspects. In addition to this, wider activity across the MPS targeting violence has seen 53,993 weapon sweeps carried out, 3,853 knives recovered along with 1,852 offensive weapons. The Mayor has also created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime, make the most of our amazing city. The Mayor’s investment of £45 million into the Young Londoners Fund will enable children and young people to fulfil their potential, through a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities. The fund will see £30 million made available for projects in local communities. The remaining £15 million is being invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners. So far 179 projects have been awarded funding. These include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions. For further information please see: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/young-londoners/mayors-young-londoners-fund. As well as this, the Mayor has committed £6.8 million to fund the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The VRU includes specialists in health, youth and social services to lead a long-term public health approach to tackle the causes of violent crime. The VRU looks to build on Glasgow’s success, scaling up an approach that has worked in a city with a population of 600,000 people to a capital with nearly 9 million. The Mayor and his team have spent several months researching the experience in Glasgow, where a public health approach has led to large reductions in serious violence over the past decade. A further £3.4 million will be spent on other anti-violence initiatives, for example making the successful ‘Information Sharing to Tackle Violence’ pilot permanent. This develops more effective data sharing and uses data from A&E departments to develop strategies to tackle violence. The Mayor recognises that the MPS needs more funding to do the vital job of protecting London. The Mayor is investing an additional £234 million for policing and tackling crime. This includes £95 million which will be split between a number of crime-fighting measures, including new officers, specialist investigators to disrupt gang violence and the Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit. It also includes an extra £118.6 million from business rates to protect the number of frontline police officers on London’s streets in future years. City Hall is now paying a greater percentage of the overall police budget in the capital than ever before - up from 18% in 2010 to 23% today. However, the vast majority of the MPS’s funding comes from the Government and, for this reason, the Mayor continues to press the case as strongly as possible for London to receive more money for its police. The Mayor’s ongoing social media campaign LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA raises awareness of the consequences of knife crime and provides reassurance and advice for people who are concerned about someone’s involvement in knife crime. A toolkit has been developed for schools, colleges, community groups, parents and others to make use of the campaign’s materials. More information can be found at: www.london.gov.uk/content/london-needs-you-alive. The causes of violence are complicated, and so there is no one simple solution. Progress will come from a combination of tough enforcement by the police and interventions to help people make better life choices and turn away from crime. Taken together, this short-term enforcement by the police and long-term activity across services will deliver a relentless focus on tackling knife crime and violence across the capital. I hope that this provides some reassurance that these issues are taken extremely seriously, and that we are committed to making London an even safer place for everyone. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
STOP TFL from closing the Library and Learning Zone at 55 Broadway.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the closure of the Library and Learning Zone at 55 Broadway. Transport for London (TfL) is currently in the process of closing a number of its offices in order to reduce accommodation costs, including 55 Broadway. As such, the Library and Learning Zone at 55 Broadway will close, but TfL will still provide these important services in a different way. In line with TfL’s commitment to support all staff, and in response to feedback and representations from trade unions, it has revised its proposals for the Learning Zone. TfL is now proposing to continue to provide dyslexia, dyspraxia, visual awareness and neurodiversity support in the same way it does currently, however this will now sit within TfL’s core Learning and Development team. This team will work closely with Human Resources as they develop their reasonable adjustment process to provide support where they can. A dedicated role will also be established to offer support for Maths and English, and TfL is currently discussing the most suitable type of support with trade unions, including RMT. I hope this provides reassurance that TfL fully intends to continue providing support through its Learning and Development team, with proper consultation with staff and trade unions to ensure the support offered appropriately meets users’ needs. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Stop the Silvertown Tunnel

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the Silvertown Tunnel. The current situation at the Blackwall Tunnel cannot be allowed to continue. It was first opened 120 years ago and was not designed to cope with today’s traffic. As a result, it is highly susceptible to incidents which often require it to be closed at very short notice and the lack of viable alternative crossings east of Tower Bridge compounds these problems. On a normal day, queues of up to two miles can occur with stationary vehicles pumping out noxious fumes. This situation needs to be urgently addressed to improve the local environment. Transport for London (TfL) explored an extensive range of different options to address the situation including walking and cycling options, public transport options, road, bridge and tunnel options and demand management and charging options. These are set out in The Case for the Scheme (https://bit.ly/2R96dde) which was submitted as part of the Development Consent Order (DCO) and was considered in detail at a six-month public examination. The option TfL is proceeding with will effectively eliminate congestion and deliver an overall improvement in air quality. With regard to HGVs, TfL’s analysis shows that the new crossing with user charges leads to a small reduction in HGVs forecast on the approach roads, as a proportion will divert to use the M25 rather than pay the daily user charge at Blackwall or Silvertown. At the moment, where HGVs have a choice between using the Dartford Crossing and Blackwall, one is free and the other incurs a charge. This will clearly be equalised as a result of the new charges and hence, the comparative attractiveness of Blackwall will be reduced. In addition, all buses, coaches and HGVs using the crossing would be subject to ULEZ, LEZ and Direct Vision Standards to encourage the greenest, safest vehicle. With regard to schools, TfL’s analysis of sites that currently exceed the Air Quality Strategy objectives shows that where there is a perceptible change due to the Silvertown Tunnel, two schools see an improvement in air quality, and none see a deterioration. I note your concerns about the risk of flooding in London. I can assure you that the Environment Agency has been closely involved throughout the planning of the Silvertown Tunnel. Where appropriate, improvements are being delivered as part of the scheme to prevent possible flooding. This includes measures such as improving flood defences and providing Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems. The procurement model that TfL has adopted brings in private finance and means that the scheme is not competing for funding with other transport priorities or redirecting any of the significant investment TfL is making across London to encourage walking and cycling. Payments will not be made by TfL until the new tunnel is open and the direct construction and maintenance costs will be covered by the user charging income. Finally, it is important to note that the Mayor’s Transport Strategy includes an ambitious target for 80 per cent of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle, or using public transport for 2041. The Silvertown Tunnel will help us achieve this target by allowing a step-change in cross-river bus services and encouraging Londoners to make more sustainable travel choices. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Hands Off High Barnet! STOP the development of the Station Car Park Site

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to develop the car parks at Finchley Central and High Barnet stations. In response to London’s housing crisis, and as one of London’s largest landowners, TfL is striving to build homes that Londoners desperately need. It is bringing forward thousands of homes on dozens of sites across London in locations in close proximity to the transport network, which is where people want to live and are the most sustainable sites to develop. These proposals at Finchley Central and High Barnet are an important opportunity to deliver affordable, high-quality homes, while also generating significant ongoing revenue to reinvest into the transport network. TfL also aims to deliver affordable work space, public squares, cycle hubs and other local improvements as part of these schemes. TfL is considering reducing or removing existing parking at both stations and limiting the provision of and access to parking for new residents. However, to be clear, TfL will retain and provide additional Blue Badge spaces for disabled customers and new residents. TfL and the Mayor believe that the removal or reduction of parking at stations can bring wider benefits, including encouraging more sustainable travel choices, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and freeing up brownfield land to assist in the delivery of new homes including affordable homes. It is important to note that TfL is discussing its early thoughts about how these sites could look and no final decisions have been made yet. It has recently begun a period of engagement with the local community so that it can understand local people’s priorities and aspirations for their area. TfL acknowledges that the loss or reduction of parking at these stations is proving an emotive issue locally and it is considering this alongside all of the other issues raised by local people and elected representatives. TfL looks forward to discussing the opportunities with the local community and stakeholders and will continue to engage throughout the year as the proposals progress. TfL would like to encourage you to share your views with it within this consultation process to help shape this scheme. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago