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Sadiq Khan

  • Mayor of London

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


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Save Your Uber in London

TfL and their chairman, the Mayor of London, announced last week that they have decided not to renew Uber’s Operator Licence when it expires on 30th September. By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London. The 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride around the best city in the world will be astounded by the decision to ban Uber from the capital. This ban shows the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, who bring choice to consumers and work opportunities to those who need them. Safety is of the highest importance and drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced background checks as black cab drivers. Our pioneering technology has gone further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by GPS. To defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers - and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners - sign this petition asking to reverse the decision to ban Uber in London. #SaveYourUber

Uber London
856,190 supporters
Petitioning Department for Communities and Local Government, Theresa May MP, Alok Sharma, home office, Sadiq Khan

Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe

As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours.  I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting.  We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time.  A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives.  An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker.  It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline.  Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families.  We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives. 

John Tyson
117,173 supporters
Petitioning home office, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP, David Cameron MP, David Lammy, Emma Dent MP

Get Grenfell Tower victim's parents to the UK

After the horrific inferno fire that engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower Mohammad Alhajali passed away by choking to death from the smoke. I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family.  Mohammed al-Haj Ali was trapped inside London flat for two hours after being separated from his brother during the inferno. His brother Omar was taken to hospital after escaping and remained in contact with Mohammed, who was still trapped inside the flat.  "The smoke is getting in, the smoke is getting in, we are going to die, we are going to die," were Mohammed's last words to his brother.  Friends who were close to Mohammed told Middle East Eye that he was in contact with them till 5am.  Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them.  After leaving Syria, he had not seen his family for five years and was forced to limit communication to ensure their safety amid the crackdown against the opposition. His parents are currently applying for an emergency visa to visit Omar their son in hospital and attend their son Mohammad's funeral. We need to get  their voices heard to the Home Office so that we can persuade an acceptance of the visa. Please help us collect as many signatures as possible to get them to the UK

Mirna Ayoubi
106,723 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Security Council, Government of Pakistan, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan

Call for UN Security Council to intervene in Myanmar stop genocide of the Muslims

Very shocking and disturbing images and video of brutality and genocide in Myanmar are emerging on social media and independent media has confirmed these. The world need to act fast to save this human tragedy. The UN should consider sending troops because Myanmar is constantly refusing to allow UNHCR and other agencies working there. If this continues happening the world will see more instability as terrorist outfits use these incidents to exploit Muslims centimetres for their heinous agenda.

Somi mahmood
62,888 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Zac Goldsmith MP (MP for Richmond Park)

#InvestInYouthWork

Youth work is important but it’s under threat. Pledge to invest in growing the service for London's young people.   The cuts in youth provisions has had more of an impact on us (young people) than people may think and we care - enormously. Young people want and need to be able to socialise in a safe and secure environment. Youth provisions create great opportunities for young people. They give us places of learning, chances to build friendships, access to professional and local support and to have fun! It gives us a place we can call ours. But it's under threat.  Because of cuts decided by adults, many youth workers are losing their jobs. They are as important to us as the venues and programmes being closed down and under threat. Also, many places we care about are being closed down and hours of delivery being reduced. This issue affects us all, whatever your age. This needs to stop. We want mayoralty candidates to pledge to invest in and protect youth services in London right now. We can see plenty of money being spent on expensive new homes but not on provisions for the community that already lives here. Quality youth work and services are important to us and important to the whole community. London needs these services. We came together thanks to the work of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Rio supports us on this campaign.  “I have often said that if I had not been lucky enough to be a professional footballer I would have worked in youth services in some way, as I remember the support and mentoring my friends and I had when we were young, and some of my friends work in that field to this day. In the current climate youth services are increasingly under threat, and while in some parts of London great work continues as with our partnership with Lewisham Council, in other areas youth provision is minimal and young people are missing the opportunities we had when I was younger.  It is great that young people themselves are recognising the issues confronting them, from youth club closures to jobs to housing, and are campaigning to do something about it. I am proud to support their voice and their cause both personally and via my Foundation.” Rio Ferdinand  We invite the candidates to meet us, listen to us, acknowledge our campaign, and respond to our views and ideas. Change needs to happen before it’s too late. Please sign and share this petition and help us show the candidates for London Mayor 2016 how important youth provision is all over London. We can all be part of the solution.  #InvestInYouthWork

Tia, Jonathan, Melley and Jordan .
40,643 supporters
Petitioning BBC, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP

To stop the airing of the bbc 2 tv programme THE HOUSEWIVES OF ISIS

THE BBC ARE GOING TO AIR A PROGRAMME TITLED HOUSEWIVES OF ISIS ON TUESDAY 10th January 2017 on BBC 2  IT SHOWS WOMEN IN FULL ISLAMIC WEAR AND This is a mockery of the muslim woman and insults those whom are held the highest in Islam ..   Does much need to be said of u have seen the clip  THIS COULD cause people in the street to throw jokes at covering women whom are nothing like this programme shows and could cause various future issues within our communities ..  It also pairs our beautiful religion with bombs and guns. This is an act of terrorism against Muslim women .. Showing them in this light is not safe.  PLEASE ACT NOW AND GET THIS PROGRAM WITHDRAWN FOR THE WOMEN IN ISLAM THAT ARE HERE IN UK  FATHERS MOTHERS SISTERS BROTHERS AUNTIES UNCLES COUSINS WIVES ETC ETC 

Emma Bird
38,941 supporters
Petitioning Cressida Dick, Sadiq Khan, Theresa May MP, Neil Coyle

The officers who have critically injured Terrell Jones-Burton SACKED and CHARGED!!!

Terrell Decosta Jones-Burton was knocked unconscious after he was allegedly “charged” by an officer as he cycled along the road near his home in Bermondsey, south London. Dramatic CCTV footage apparently shows a pursuing officer “rugby tackle” Terrell from his bike before the teenager’s head smashes into the doorway of a chicken shop. WE NEED TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST INNOCENT YOUTHS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE AMONGST OTHERS!!! THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND CANNOT BE ALLOWED IN OUR SOCIETY!!! #JUSTICEFORTERRELL   PLEASE SHARE AND SIGN THE PETITION SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE OFFICERS SACKED WITH NO CHANCE OF APPEAL!!!!    

Shola Dayo
31,458 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Sadiq Khan

Public Demand For Tougher Action Against Moped Crime

In 2016 the Home Office released a report stating that from 2012 to 2014 motorcycle theft in London increased by 44%. We are now in 2017 and preliminary reports suggest that moped theft, moped mounted crime and assaults, such as acid and knife attacks have increased tenfold This epidemic of moped theft and violence seems to have no signs of abating as thieves become more brazen, acting with impunity and no fear of being caught or causing considerable harm to their victims of this heinous crime as they wave knives and hammers at anyone who attempts to challenge them. These brazen criminals are committing crime in broad daylight, in business areas, in full view of the public, this video is an example of many... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o97oa01_mkU Even when the crime is caught on CCTV, mobile phones or other devices and presented to the authorities such as, the Metropolitan Police, they have no interest in pursuing or investigating these cases, often shutting them down due to "insufficient evidence" or "lack of resources". It is utterly shocking that we have to wait until someone is literally murdered before the authorities will take this matter seriously. The issue is now spreading far and wide, on social media and in general conversations amongst the public up and down the country. It is having a major impact on the safety of the citizens of the city. The Police have a duty to protect the general public and act on this but for all intensive purposes it would appear these crimes are being allowed to continue and to increase. It has also become apparent that tourists are reluctant to visit London and in some areas of the internet, are being advised to stay away from the capital city of England. This message has even spread to the United States, where citizens of the US are laughing at our ridiculous policies on dealing with these criminals. Why are we allowing this message to reach out to people. This is not what the people of England want! This pandemic is having a huge impact on motorcyclists by drastically increasing insurance premiums; and on the people living in major cities such as London. These criminals are wreaking havoc on our streets. Children as young as 11 years old are riding on pavements, dressed in hoodies and tracksuits, others are committing crimes not only from stealing these machines and causing considerable distress and inconvenience but are also attacking their victims if challenged, using acid, iron bars, hammers and knives. This can be combated by making motorcycle theft a priority for the Met Police and other police forces across the country and giving them the proper resources to investigate motorcycle crime and offenders. Police officers also need the authority and resources to pursue these villains, which, is becoming a two wheeled gang warfare. Officers need to have access to suitable motorcycles that give them the ability to weave in and out of traffic and apprehend these criminals Giving the police the authority to pursue criminals on stolen bikes without fear of the risk to the criminal Installing sufficient anchor points for motorcycles to be securely locked to in towns or structures to allow riders to secure vehicles  A dedicated task force should be launched to deal with this crime that is clearly having a very big impact on our cities, our pockets and our premiums  Mopeds and motorcycles are part of our major cities infrastructure and transport goods, documents and employees across the city efficiently with ease and reduced pollution levels. Soon the ability to use mopeds will diminish, causing losses to businesses as an example On a national level, the sentencing guidelines for motorcycle theft and crimes committed by these thugs needs to be changed and minimum sentences imposed by the courts to act as an effective deterrent The courts, police authorities are respectfully requested to act on this now on behalf of the public and on behalf of all those that have fallen victims to this escalating problem 

Riders Against Moped Crime
24,744 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

BAN The Extremist, Terrorist Supporting Al Qud's March In London On June 18th

The Al Quds Day March is scheduled to be held in London on 18 June 2017. Previous Al Quds Day marches have seen displays of support for Hezbollah, an illegal, proscribed, antisemitic terrorist organisation. This has caused great distress to the Jewish Community. Al Quds Day is an annual day chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed. “The Quds Day is not merely a strategic solution for the Palestinian problem, …. any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.” Additionally, Hezbollah is currently massacring Syrian civilians on behalf of the Assad regime. Last year, on Sunday 3 July 2016, Hezbollah flags were carried and waved by participants in the Al Quds Day March. There were also placards with the words “We Are All Hezbollah”. Then Home Secretary, Theresa May, gave clear guidance on hate crime to all polices forces that makes specific mention of antisemitism and confirmed that holding Hezbollah flags is a criminal offence in accordance with Section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The act states that people who ‘wear clothing or carry or display articles in public in such a way or in such circumstances as arouse reasonable suspicion that an individual is a member or supporter of the proscribed organisation are guilty of a criminal offence." Hezbollah’s External Security Organisation was proscribed in March 2001 and in 2008 the proscription was extended to Hezbollah’s Military apparatus including the Jihad Council. Hezbollah is a deeply antisemitic organisation. Robert S. Wistrich devotes an entire chapter of his history of antisemitism, ‘A Lethal Obsession’, to Hezbollah. After the terrible recent terrorist events in Manchester and London this display of extremism has no place on the streets of the UK.. Allowing this march to go ahead will send a worrying message to the UK's Jewish community and call into question the commitment of the Mayor of London to eradicate extremism and anti Semitism We the undersigned urge you to ban this march showing that your words are backed up by your actions.

North West Friends of Israel
24,385 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

Save the South Bank from the private Garden Bridge development

Help us challenge this in the HIgh Court! Support us here thanks: www.everyclick.com/tcos The Thames is London's biggest piece of open space and its largest nature conservation area. Its openness is under threat as there are plans to put a Garden Bridge in the busiest tourist part of London, from Temple Tube Station to the South Bank, at a cost of £185 million pounds; over £60 million of it will be public money. It’s not a real garden nor an essential bridge; it's mostly concrete with less than half a football pitch of green space. 90% of users are not expected to use it to cross the river but it will have a devastating impact on the river's ecosystem and historic foreshore and will bring up to 7 million visitors to a South Bank already bursting with tourists. If it is built: - protected iconic views from Waterloo Bridge & South Bank e.g. St Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament or Waterloo sunsets, will be ruined, truncated & lost forever.  - NO cycling allowed, NO picnics allowed, Inadequate toilets for millions of people. NO full step-free access. Groups of 8 or more are requested to book in advance. You will be TRACKED using your mobile phone wifi. THIS WILL BE A PRIVATE BRIDGE WITH NO PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY RUN BY A PRIVATE COMPANY; IT IS THE PRIVATISATION OF OUR PUBLIC SPACES. - there are many public services or other parts of the country that desperately need the investment more. The South Bank is thriving - positively heaving, and the North bank is healthy and wealthy enough as it is.  - the environmental effects of the bridge will be catastrophic; the proposed landing site on the South Bank will take away open green space and destroy over 30 mature trees to accommodate a large commercial building. - the rising cost of construction and the burden of annual maintenance, currently £3.1m per year, will fall upon the public if the Garden Bridge Trust fails to deliver. There are already nine bridges spanning two miles between Westminster and London Bridges, seven of which can be crossed by foot; that's more than plenty.  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to the decision makers to stop the Garden Bridge and comment on why you are signing; all feedback is welcome and encouraged. Many thanks for your support. Follow us on Twitter: @TCOSLondon Contact: thamescentralopenspace@gmail.com  

TCOS London
23,179 supporters
Save Streatham's new police base

Dear Petitioner, On behalf of the Mayor of London, we would like to thank you for your petition. The proposal to close the front counter in Streatham was part of a broader set of proposals intended to save an additional £8 million – equivalent to the cost of 140 police constables –to protect and support frontline policing as much as possible. As you are probably already aware, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) have now published the final Public Access Strategy, which can be accessed here. The measures set out in this Strategy are part of our plan to do everything possible to protect front line policing and keep London safe at a time of unprecedented pressure on the MPS’s budget. Since 2010, the Met’s budget has been reduced by £600 million. A further £400 million of savings have to be found by 2021 and unless the Government’s funding cuts stop now, officer numbers could fall below 27,500 by 2021 – the lowest number in nearly 20 years. Just eight per cent of crimes were reported at police front counters in 2016, down from 22 per cent in 2006, and this number continues to fall. Every pound that is spent keeping a police station open is a pound that would otherwise need to be found from further cuts to police officer numbers. In Lambeth specifically, as per original proposals, the 24/7 front counter will remain at Brixton. The front counters at Streatham and Kennington will be closed. We acknowledge the concerns you have raised via this petition pertaining to the closure of Streatham police station. However, given the favourable operational reasons for maintaining Brixton police station, the proposal remains to close Streatham. It is important that the community is also aware that the Met have confirmed that while the front counter at Streatham police station will be closed from this month - in order to reduce running costs - the building will retain a police presence until 2024. These changes will result in savings of £444,000 per year to invest in frontline policing. Regarding the investment in Streatham Police Station, spending £591k allowed us to move from the old Streatham Police Station to the new location. The old one cost £260k per annum to run and the new one costs just £55k per annum. Since the front counter has been open, we have already achieved payback on what we spent. This payback will only increase as we are keeping the building in operation (without a front counter) until 2024. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Save Eltham Police Station

Dear Petitioner, On behalf of the Mayor of London, we would like to thank you for your petition. The proposal to close the front counter in Eltham was part of a broader set of proposals intended to save an additional £8 million - equivalent to the cost of 140 police constables - to protect and support frontline policing as much as possible. As you are probably already aware, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have now published the final Public Access Strategy, which can be accessed here. The measures set out in this Strategy are part of our plan to do everything possible to protect front line policing and keep London safe at a time of unprecedented pressure on the MPS’s budget. Since 2010, the Met’s budget has been reduced by £600 million. A further £400 million of savings have to be found by 2021 and unless the Government’s funding cuts stop now, officer numbers could fall below 27,500 by then – the lowest number in nearly 20 years. Just eight per cent of crimes were reported at police front counters in 2016, down from 22 per cent in 2006, and this number continues to fall. Every pound that is spent keeping a police station open is a pound that would otherwise need to be found from further cuts to police officer numbers. As per the original proposals, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich the 24/7 front counter will remain at Plumstead Police Station and the counter at Eltham will be closed. Making these changes in Greenwich will save the Met more than £250,000 per year. Also, as part of the MPS and Mayor’s commitment to neighbourhood policing, each community in London will have at least two Dedicated Ward Officers (DWO). Many of these DWOs will start their patrols out of new DWO hub sites. Due to the low relative cost of maintaining the site of the Safer Neighbourhood Bases in William Bearfoot (Cold Harbour) this will be retained by the MPS and used as a DWO hub. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Save Lambeth Police Stations - Put people first

Dear Petitioner, On behalf of the Mayor of London, we would like to thank you for your petition. The closures you refer to were part of a broader set of proposals intended to save an additional £8 million – equivalent to the cost of 140 police constables –to protect and support frontline policing as much as possible. As you are probably already aware, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have now published the final Public Access Strategy, which can be accessed here. The measures set out in this Strategy are part of our plan to do everything possible to protect front line policing and keep London safe at a time of unprecedented pressure on the MPS’s budget. Since 2010, the Met’s budget has been reduced by £600 million. A further £400 million of savings have to be found by 2021 and unless the Government’s funding cuts stop now, officer numbers could fall below 27,500 by then – the lowest number in nearly 20 years. Just eight per cent of crimes were reported at police front counters in 2016, down from 22 per cent in 2006, and this number continues to fall. Every pound that is spent keeping a police station open is a pound that would otherwise need to be found from further cuts to police officer numbers. In Lambeth specifically, as per original proposals, the 24/7 front counter will remain at Brixton. The front counters at Streatham and Kennington will be closed this month (December). The existing Safer Neighbourhood Bases will also be closed and we are identifying other new Dedicated Ward Officer (DWO) Hubs across the borough from which local officers can deploy. This decision will bring officers closer to communities. In line with our commitment to increasing DWO numbers, it is essential that these officers are based as near to the communities they serve as possible, so that they spend as much time as possible in their patch, building relations with residents and tackling the crime and antisocial behaviour problems that concern their communities most. We are working on a general rule that DWOs should begin their shift no more than 20 minutes walking time away from the ward they patrol, with many much closer.   The Strategy states that in general, and unless the lease costs are prohibitive or suitable alternative accommodation can be found without overly impacting on travel times, Safer Neighbourhood Bases or other buildings from which neighbourhood teams deploy, will not close before the relevant DWO Hubs have opened. We acknowledge the concerns you have raised via this petition. However, given the favourable operational reasons for maintaining Brixton police station, the proposal remains to close these police buildings. It is important that the community is also aware that the Met have confirmed that while the front counter at Streatham police station will be closed from this month (December 2017) - in order to reduce running costs - the building will retain a police presence until 2024.  Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 week ago
Save Woodford Police Station

Dear Petitioner, On behalf of the Mayor of London, we would like to thank you for your petition. The proposals to close front counters in Redbridge were part of a broader set of proposals intended to save an additional £8 million – equivalent to the cost of 140 police constables – in order to protect and support frontline policing as much as possible, and keep Londoners safe, in the face of Government cuts to police funding. Since 2010, the Met’s budget has been reduced by £600 million. A further £400 million of savings have to be found by 2021 and unless the Government’s funding cuts stop now, officer numbers could fall below 27,500 by then – the lowest number in nearly 20 years. Just eight per cent of crimes were reported at police front counters in 2016, down from 22 per cent in 2006, and this number continues to fall. Every pound that is spent keeping a police station open is a pound that would otherwise need to be found from further cuts to police officer numbers. The proposals were specifically related to front counters in London. The decision to close the station at Woodford, where there is no front counter, remains. As per original proposals for Redbridge, the 24/7 front counter will remain at Ilford. The front counter at Barkingside will be closed this month (December) and the rest of the building will subsequently be sold. Closing Barkingside police station will save the Met over £320,000 per year – the equivalent of around six police constables. The changes will not affect the service people receive when they dial 999. As they have been for many years, emergency response officers spend their shifts not in police stations, but out on patrol, being directed to incidents by the control room as and when they arise. We anticipate no impact on response times arising from these changes. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 week ago
Save Tooting Market, Don't Allow CrossRail 2 to Compulsory Purchase Any of Tooting Market!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the potential impacts on Tooting Market should a Crossrail 2 station serve Tooting Broadway. It is important to note that at this point no final decisions have been made on whether Crossrail 2 comes to Balham or Tooting Broadway. While the decision is yet to be made, a station at Tooting Broadway has long been a part of plans for Crossrail 2. Transport for London (TfL) considers a station at this location would provide substantial additional capacity and congestion relief to the existing Northern line station and services. It would also support regeneration, growth and development of the local area and improve access to St George's Hospital. Since 2015, extensive work has been done to look at how a station could be built at Tooting Broadway. As a result, TfL now has a better understanding of how it would manage the difficult ground conditions in the area and the construction method that it would use to construct the station safely. As you may be aware, the technique we would need to use means that larger worksites would be required than was previously anticipated. When considering the construction of a station at Tooting Broadway, one of the worksites TfL has considered includes potentially using an area towards the rear of Tooting Market. This area amounts to less than half of the overall market space. Over the last few months, TfL has been assessing alternative worksites to see if the potential impact on the market could be avoided or further minimised. However, there are a number of constraints including the need for a station to interchange with the Northern line; for worksites to be located close to the tunnel alignment; and to maintain traffic flow on Tooting High Street. TfL’s approach would also be to avoid both listed buildings and residential properties where possible, an approach taken in other schemes such as Crossrail 1. The area around Tooting Broadway is densely populated, with residential properties and listed buildings. At this stage, all alternative station alignments have been shown to have significantly greater impact on local people’s homes. As a local resident and your former MP for Tooting, the Mayor recognises that Tooting Market is an important hub, providing employment for small business owners as well as community facilities in the town centre. He has asked TfL to continue assessing options that could reduce the impact on the market, and to keep you informed on the progress and outcomes of this work. The Mayor remains committed to consulting on revised proposals for the railway at the earliest possible time and encourage those with an interest in Tooting Market to have their say on TfL’s proposals by participating in the formal public consultation process. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

4 weeks ago
Transport for London…Water for London!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about installing free water bottle re-fill stations across the Transport for London (TfL) public transport network. The Mayor recognises the environmental impact of plastic bottles; from the resources used and emissions produced in manufacturing them, through to the pollution they create in our waterways. That is why the Mayor’s draft London Environment Strategy has set a target to reduce food and drink related packaging waste by 20 per cent per person by 2025. The Mayor is consulting on a specific policy in the strategy on cutting plastic water bottles, which proposes to work with community partners and call on businesses to open their doors to the public to fill their water bottles. The Mayor is also keen to explore bottle deposit schemes with the Government as part of its Litter Strategy published in April 2017. There may also be potential to provide access to free water on the TfL network. Earlier investigations found installing water stations in tube stations to be impractical in many cases, however we are considering what else TfL can do to support the Mayor’s ambitions in this area. We are also keen to explore other options with high potential to reduce single use plastic bottles with stakeholders. Thank you again for your response, which will be considered as part of the consultation on the draft London Environment Strategy. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Move Woolwich Arsenal from zone 4 to zone 3/4 boundary

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website calling for Woolwich Arsenal to be rezoned from zone 4 to zone 3/4. The Mayor understands your desire to see Woolwich Arsenal station down zoned to zone 3/4, and appreciates that this would result in lower fares for local residents. However, there are currently no plans for zoning changes. The Mayor fully appreciates the importance of an affordable transport network. This is why one of his main manifesto commitments was to freeze Transport for London (TfL) fares until 2020. This is already making life easier for millions of people and is ensuring that London becomes a more affordable city for all. The Mayor also provides and protects a range of concessions in London, including free travel for those over 60 and a range of free or reduced fares for children and young people. These policies will help to save people money across the capital, rather than focusing on a specific area. While I appreciate this is not the response you were hoping for, you will be aware that there are a number of campaigns seeking rezoning across London. These include areas like Woolwich with significant growth plans. TfL has estimated rezoning Woolwich Arsenal would cost in the region of £5m per year as it would have to pay compensation to Southeastern, which also operates from the station. TfL has to balance these demands across the city to ensure it is using its funding most appropriately. In the case of Woolwich Arsenal, the new Elizabeth line service will provide huge benefits for residents from December 2018. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 month ago
#SaveHarkersStudio. Stop 110 year old theatrical hub becoming more Luxury Flats.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about Saving Harkers Studio from becoming luxury flats. I am really saddened that this wonderful historic facility will be lost to the creative industries. The Mayor has made culture one of his top priorities and venues like this are an important part of the cultural ecology of London. We have spoken to Southwark Council but as planning permission was already granted at the end of last year, there is no real opportunity to save this space. At City Hall, we are doing what we can to support creative workspaces and I would urge any organisation wanting help or advice if their space is at risk to get in touch early on. Yours sincerely Justine Simons Deputy Mayor for Culture

2 months ago
Save Your Uber in London

Transport for London (TfL) yesterday informed Uber London Limited (Uber) that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September. This decision was made independently by TfL as the legal taxi and private hire regulator for London.    TfL has concluded that Uber’s conduct is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license. TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues that have potential public safety and security implications. These include Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences, ‎its approach to how medical certificates are obtained and its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.  Read more here: http://bit.ly/2yhssmC   I have written for The Guardian about why I have backed TfL’s decision - read more here: http://bit.ly/2hoqQ3B - however, I want to be absolutely clear that there is a place in London for all private hire companies that play by the rules.   Uber’s current license does not expire until the end of September so the service will continue until then. The company can also continue to operate until the appeals process has been exhausted.   I know that Uber has become a popular service for many Londoners – but it would be wrong for TfL to licence Uber if there was any way this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety or security.   As Mayor of London I welcome innovative new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service – but providing an innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules. All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers.     I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision but their anger really should be directed at Uber. They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator.  I suspect it will take some time before this situation with Uber fully plays out. In the meantime, I will continue my work to help support innovative businesses in London and to create a vibrant and safe taxi and private hire market.    Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

3 months ago
AFTER THE HORRIFIC DISASTER AT GRENFELL TOWER, ALL TOWER BLOCKS MUST ‪BE DEMOLISHED!!‬

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted to the Mayor about the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. The Mayor appreciates your concern and is clear that nothing like this terrible tragedy can ever be allowed to happen again, and that means taking every possible precaution to protect our high-rise council blocks. He has said that as Mayor, and as a Londoner, he will not rest until we get residents the answers they need and bring those responsible to justice. The Mayor has been holding the Government and local authority to account and has made strong representations on behalf of local residents. He has called for the public inquiry to report as soon as possible and for government to guarantee residents a much stronger voice. You can find out exactly what work the Mayor has been doing on Grenfell here, which should answer the questions you had for him: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/mayor-london/questions-mayor-about-grenfell-tower-fire. You might also find it helpful to consult the Grenfell Response website which has been set up by the Grenfell Fire Response Team to support people affected by the fire. The team includes London Councils, the Mayor of London’s Office, central government, the British Red Cross, the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade and voluntary groups. This page is updated three times a week and provides advice on a range of issues facing those affected: https://grenfellresponse.org.uk/. The Mayor will continue working closely with all London boroughs, the London Fire Brigade and the Government and will do everything possible to keep all Londoners safe. Thank you again for raising your concerns about the Grenfell Tower to the Mayor. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago