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Sadiq Khan

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

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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, 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
169,388 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
123,252 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
107,878 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
76,763 supporters
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
68,594 supporters
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
47,710 supporters
Stop Advertising the Northern Cyprus Regime - Σταματήστε την Διαφήμιση των Κατεχομένων

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about advertising relating to North Cyprus on the Transport for London (TfL) estate. While we understand this is a sensitive issue, a High Court ruling in 2005 determined that TfL cannot refuse to post an advert solely on the grounds of public sensitivity, or that ‘North Cyprus’ is not an internationally recognised territory or state. This ruling was made following a challenge to TfL’s refusal to run an advertising campaign promoting tourism in North Cyprus. TfL therefore continues to judge each new campaign submitted by North Cyprus Tourist Board against its advertising policy and currently accepts such advertising subject to it meeting the terms of the policy. We know this response will not satisfy your request, but we hope this explains TfL’s position on this issue. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 days ago
Waive ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) charge for couriers.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about waiving the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge for couriers. Toxic air pollution is causing a health crisis, with thousands of Londoners each year dying early because of it. It is also linked to cancer, as well as increasing the risk of asthma and dementia and stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways that will affect them for the rest of their lives. The Mayor believes poor air quality is not only a public health issue but a matter of social justice. Research demonstrates that the most deprived Londoners are the most likely to be exposed to air pollution, whilst also being the least likely to own a car. Air pollution also has a severe impact on children and shockingly over 450 of London’s schools are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels. Doing nothing is not an option and the Mayor made a manifesto commitment in 2016 to address London’s toxic air crisis. Around half of London's air pollution is caused by road transport, and there is no way to make the huge improvements to air quality that we need in London without taking the most polluting vehicles off the road. Central government has been far too slow to address toxic air across the country, so the Mayor is stepping up. Cleaning up our air will benefit everyone, and the Mayor is implementing bold plans to achieve this. This includes cleaning up London’s bus and taxi fleet. For example, from the start of 2018 the Mayor has only purchased hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses. There are currently more than 3,500 hybrid buses in the fleet and the Mayor has created a new rapid charge network so that taxis, businesses and Londoners can quickly re-charge electric vehicles. Given the scale of London’s air pollution crisis, everyone needs to play their part. Taxis are not in scope of the ULEZ because they are legally obliged to use a certain type of vehicle that is purpose designed for London’s unique street network and fully accessible to wheelchair users. However, the Mayor has set strict licensing requirements, which came into force from the beginning of 2018, meaning no more diesel taxis are being licensed and all new taxis must be zero-emission capable. A consultation is currently taking place on proposals to reduce the age limit from 15 to 12 years for older diesel taxis to accelerate the removal of more polluting taxis from London’s roads. Unlike taxis, there is greater flexibility available to other drivers such as couriers in the types of vehicle they can use. Couriers should first check if their vehicles meet the ULEZ standards at: If not compliant, they can take several actions to avoid the charge. This includes: • Upgrading their vehicles (by buying or leasing compliant vehicles); • Reorganising operations (so only vehicles that meet the emissions standards are driven into the ULEZ area); • Consolidating trips to reduce emissions and overall costs. The ULEZ requires the Euro 3 standard for motorcycles, which is lower than the standards for other vehicle types. Euro 3 became mandatory for all new motorcycles in 2007. The vast majority of motorcycles already meet the Euro 3 standard and we estimate that over 80 per cent of motorcycle kilometres driven in the ULEZ in 2019 will be compliant. For 125cc four stroke motorcycles, the most popular selling class, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs estimates that around 90 per cent of motorcycle kilometres driven in the ULEZ in 2019 will be compliant. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 days ago
Private hire license should be exempt from congestion charge. We do not accept CC charge

Thank you for the petition submitted to the Mayor of London on the website: Private hire license should be exempt from congestion charge. The Mayor’s Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan is clear that the private hire trade has an important role to play in the city’s transport mix, serving local communities as well as London’s thriving business and leisure industries. However, in 2008/09, there were fewer than 50,000 licensed private hire vehicles (PHVs), but now there are nearly 90,000 licensed PHVs operating in London; and there has been a significant rise over the last three years. Over the same time frame, the number of taxis operating in London has stayed virtually the same. The Mayor has set a clear objective to ensure the markets for licensed taxi drivers and private hire drivers are fair – with special privileges built in, as they always have been, for those who become a licensed London taxi driver. There is also an urgent need to tackle the increase in congestion and toxic air in central London. Congestion causes delays to vital services, pushes air pollution to critical levels and makes too many places unpleasant for walking and cycling. We need to significantly reduce car use in favour of more space-efficient means of travel. Over time, reallocating space to more efficient modes, combined with improvements to public transport, measures to manage demand, and applying the principles of Good Growth for new development, will create streets that function better not only for people who are walking, cycling and using public transport, but also for essential vehicle journeys. In recent years, the impact of the Congestion Charge (C-Charge) on congestion has lessened due to the increasing number of vehicles exempt from paying. Only half of the vehicles in the C-Charge Zone in charging hours now pay the full charge. There are many more private hire vehicles (PHVs) in the Zone than was expected in 2003 when the exemption was introduced. At the time, TfL estimated around 4,000 private vehicles would be in the Zone during charging hours. Now, around 18,000 PHVs are seen in the Zone each day. It is a substantial increase. The changes, following consultation, have taken into consideration the role PHVs play in accessible transport, and designated wheelchair accessible PHVs will not be required to pay the Congestion Charge. PHVs that meet the Cleaner Vehicle Discount requirement will also continue to be exempt. Depending on how operators adapt, unique PHV entries could be reduced by around 45 per cent or around 8,000 vehicles a day as fewer drivers enter the zone and some operators ‘specialise’ their fleets. The impact this will have on congestion is not an insignificant benefit in a location where the potential for more radical change is very limited during charging hours. Thank you again for raising this matter with the Mayor. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Step-free access for Wapping Overground Station

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about step-free access for Wapping Overground station. Transport for London (TfL) recognises the strong case for step-free access at this location. Wapping station was ranked as a high priority when TfL recently assessed the potential benefits of providing step-free access at a number of stations on the national rail network, although it did not quite make the final short list for the Government’s Access for All Fund. The problem lies with the cost of any potential scheme, particularly given the challenging financial context within which TfL is operating. This is because Wapping is a deep station – the platforms are around 20 metres below ground – and it is a constrained space. The delivery of step-free access to platform level at this station is therefore complex from an engineering perspective and could require a new station entrance. The result is that the cost of such a scheme is currently thought to be prohibitive, with any potential contributions from nearby housing developments not being of a sufficient scale to change that position. TfL will of course continue to look at ways to improve facilities at Wapping station. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago
Eliminate single-use plastic bags in London

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about eliminating single-use plastic bags in London. Thank you for including the Mayor on the circulation of your petition. The Mayor is pleased to see Londoners campaigning for environmental issues and that you share his passion to reduce single-use plastics in London. Whilst the Mayor found your initiative very interesting, and commends your motivation and endeavour, he is not able to support a commercial venture and so is unable to respond to the petition as you have requested. However, as you may be aware, the Mayor is taking action against single-use plastics where he is able to. He has recently published the London Environment Strategy, which sets out his long-term plan to help the environment. This plan includes increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste in London, with a focus on reducing single-use plastics. To deliver this, the Mayor has piloted five water refill areas to help tackle single-use plastic bottles. He is also working with the #OneLess campaign, led by the Zoological Society London and now with Thames Water, to install drinking fountains across London to further this work. He has also removed single-use plastics from the City Hall café and staff areas and is working with the Greater London Authority Group to phase out single-use plastics elsewhere. We wish you all the best in your work to reduce single-use plastic bags. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Move the bus stop outside St Anselm's school on Tooting Bec Road

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about moving the bus stop outside St Anselm's Primary School on Tooting Bec Road. The Mayor recognises that air quality is the most pressing environmental threat to the health of Londoners and has made it a key priority. We estimate thousands of Londoners die prematurely each year because of toxic air pollution, and it is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, is a cause of cancer and increases the risk of asthma, stroke and dementia. Research demonstrates that these health effects disproportionately impact the most deprived communities. The impact on London’s children is severe, with over 400 schools in London located in areas with illegal levels of pollution and one in ten Londoners under the age of 18 with asthma. We estimate that a London child born in 2010 (exposed to the same level of pollution over the course of his or her life) would lose around two years of life expectancy due to pollution. This is unacceptable, which is why the amount of money committed to tackling the capital’s air quality crisis has significantly increased. Transport for London’s (TfL) Business Plan, for example, includes roughly £750 million to deliver far-reaching programmes to address the threat to health from poor air. Some actions include: • Introducing an emissions surcharge (dubbed the T-Charge) on top of the Congestion Charge, which is removing older polluting vehicles from central London; • Introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April this year and extending its boundaries to the North and South Circulars for all vehicles in 2021 and London-wide for lorries, coaches and buses in 2020; • Transforming London’s bus fleet by phasing out pure diesel buses and a commitment to purchase only hybrid or zero-emission double decker buses from 2018, with the entire fleet becoming ‘zero emission’ by 2037; • No longer licensing new diesel taxis from 2018 and supporting the trade to upgrade to much cleaner ‘zero emission capable’ vehicles; • Introducing Five Low Emission Neighbourhoods, spanning eight boroughs and involving a range of local businesses. In addition to continuing the Mayor's Air Quality Fund, these targeted actions will tackle some of the worst pollution hotspots across London, with TfL contributing £14 million; and • A £48 million combined scrappage scheme to help smaller business owners, charities and low-income Londoners scrap older, more polluting vans and cars and switch to cleaner vehicles. The Mayor also launched a pilot programme for 50 primary schools in the worst polluted areas in London to receive ‘air quality audits’, which identified hard-hitting measures to protect pupils’ health from toxic air. Funding of £1 million was also made available to help the worst affected schools implement changes. TfL has reviewed the possibility of moving the bus stop outside St Anselm’s School to another location. However, the stop forms part of the key interchange for Tooting Bec station and unfortunately there are no other suitable locations nearby which would provide the same level of benefits for public transport users, particularly those with accessibility needs. Moving the bus stop may only move any air pollution associated with a bus stop to another location and impact on others. Despite not being able to move the bus stop, routes 249 and 319 serving the bus stop in question both met the cleanest Euro VI standards for nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter since early 2017, which is already significantly cutting emissions and helping us towards increasingly healthy streets. Additionally, as mentioned above the Mayor has and will continue to clean up the bus fleet and encourage other road users to move to cleaner vehicles. As you know, St Anselm’s Primary School’s application to the Mayor’s Greener City Fund has been successful. We are pleased to have awarded you a grant of £10,000 towards the installation of a green screen between the bus stop and the school playground, which will help reduce children’s exposure to pollution. I hope this letter provides some reassurance about the Mayor’s determination to help improve air quality at St Anselm’s Primary School and across the whole of London. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Stop the MSG Sphere - Stratford needs social houses, not a sun-blocking events arena!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about the proposals for the MSG Sphere arena in Stratford. I understand a formal planning application will be submitted to the Mayor, in the future, under the Mayor of London Order (2008): As such, it would be inappropriate for us to comment on the application at this time. Whilst we cannot comment, we can ensure that the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Planning Team will interrogate the scheme against all relevant planning policies, including the emerging local context. We would also encourage you to continue to engage with the Local Planning Authority. All comments sent to the local authority are also passed onto the GLA. You are also welcome to send us any further comments, through our contact form on the City Hall website at: Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Save protected green space in Whitton, Richmond.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about Turing House School. This is a referable application to the Mayor. The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames referred the application with all the correct documentation on the 11 January 2019. The Mayor therefore has 6 weeks to provide his initial comments on the application, assessing it against the relevant London Plan policies. This is known as a stage 1 application and the deadline for the stage 1 report and letter is 21 February. The report will be available online on the following link by searching ‘4739’ under the GLA case number search box: planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/planning-application-search. Once the council has resolved to either grant or refuse the application at committee, they will be required to refer it back to the Mayor for his stage 2 decision. He will have 14 days to determine the case. More details on this process can be found on our website: It is not currently possible for the Mayor to comment on the application as it may legally prejudice the future decision he will make on the application. However, please be assured that all comments will be passed to the case officer for this application and they will be taken into consideration as a part of the decision-making process. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Reduce children’s exposure to diesel vehicle exhaust at roadside bus shelters.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted to the Mayor on the website about reducing children’s exposure to diesel vehicle emissions at roadside bus shelters. You are right that air pollution is a national health crisis and the health impacts of London’s toxic air are severe. Thousands of Londoners die prematurely each year because of toxic air pollution. London’s toxic air is also stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that air pollution is one of the primary causes of cancer and it increases the risk of asthma and dementia. The Mayor will not stand back as millions of Londoners breathe in air so filthy that it shortens their life expectancy, harms their lungs and worsens chronic illness. The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is central to the Mayor’s plans to transform the air that millions of Londoners breathe. Final preparations are being made to launch the central London ULEZ in two months’ time, on Monday 8 April 2019. From October 2021, the ULEZ will be expanded up to the North and South Circular roads. The ULEZ will require vehicles driving into central London to meet new emissions standards or pay a daily charge. The scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, within the existing Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), in addition to the existing Congestion Charge. Around half of London’s air pollution is caused by road transport and the ULEZ is one of a range of measures to clean it up. Other measures the Mayor is introducing include cleaning up our buses. Seven Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZs) are now up and running in the capital. The first two LEBZs have had a major impact on pollution levels. Putney High Street has exceeded legal limits for only two hours in 2018 compared to 807 over the same period in 2016 - a reduction of over 99 per cent. At Brixton Road, there has been an 85 per cent reduction in the hours exceeding legal limits since 2016. On 15 November 2018, another five Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ) were also launched to help tackle London’s toxic air. Only buses that meet the cleanest emission standards will operate within the new LEBZ, which have been delivered through a combination of new and retrofitted buses. The five new LEBZs are: • Camberwell to New Cross, cleaning up over 380 buses • Wandsworth to St John’s Hill, cleaning up over 200 buses • High Road Haringey to Green Lanes, cleaning up over 330 buses • A12 Eastern Avenue to Homerton Road, cleaning up over 290 buses • Edgware Road Kilburn to Maida Vale, cleaning up over 240 buses The Mayor will deliver 12 LEBZs in total, and all of these will be in place by the end of 2019, earlier than the Mayor’s previous target of 2020. The LEBZs are being delivered in areas where Londoners are exposed to some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution. This is part of a London-wide effort to clean up the bus fleet, including the phasing out of diesel-only buses and a commitment to purchase only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses since 2018. There are currently more than 3,500 hybrid double deck buses in the fleet – one of the largest fleets in Europe – and we are rolling out an increasing number of full electric buses. The Mayor has also announced an £85m programme to retrofit older buses. So far, more than 2,000 buses have been retrofitted, and we are on track to ensure the entire fleet meets the cleanest Euro VI standard in 2020. The London-wide investment in tackling air quality issues through initiatives like the ULEZ will benefit all Londoners, and more localised investment in initiatives like low-emission bus corridors, will help tackle the locations which are most polluted by vehicle emissions right now. Please be assured that the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) are also taking your suggestion of “Keep Clear” markings at bus stops seriously, and TfL plans to try this at a suitable bus stop location where it can measure the difference it makes in a real-world setting. Thank you for taking the time to petition the Mayor on this important matter. Hopefully this information reassures you of the work the Mayor is doing to clean up London’s toxic air. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Request for TFL & The Mayor to exempt musicians from the ULEZ charge.

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and requesting musicians be exempt from the charge. The Mayor is pro-business and wants to make London a city for all Londoners. Tackling London’s lethal air and safeguarding the health of Londoners requires bold action. The Mayor refuses to stand back as millions of Londoners breathe in filthy air that is linked to cancer, and greatly increases the risks of asthma and dementia and stunts the growth of children’s lungs in ways which will affect them for the rest of their lives. Hundreds of schools in London are in areas exceeding legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide and every Londoner in the capital lives in an area exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the most dangerous toxic particles known as PM2.5. Cleaning up our air will benefit everyone – including the employees and customers of London’s businesses. With road transport being the main source of these emissions, we must do all we can to stop the most polluting vehicles travelling on our roads. The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is central to the Mayor’s plans to transform the air that millions of Londoners breathe. The ULEZ will mean that, from 8 April 2019, vehicles driving in central London will need to meet the toughest vehicle emission standards of any major city or pay a charge to drive in the zone. This follows wide-ranging action the Mayor has already taken on tackling the most polluting cars and cleaning up London’s bus and taxi fleets. The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone and in addition to the Congestion Charge. It will replace the Toxicity Charge, which was introduced in October 2017. Transport for London (TfL) have a simple online tool to check whether your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards. Go to: and enter your vehicle registration number. For those businesses using a car, as a rough guide, the ULEZ standards correspond approximately to petrol cars registered with the DVLA after 2005 (although some have been available since 2001) and diesel cars registered with the DVLA after September 2015. This means that many older and second-hand cars can be driven in the zone when it starts next year. The Mayor is also helping to ensure that public transport is an affordable option for Londoners, which is why he has introduced the Hopper fare on buses and implemented the TfL fare freeze. However, we recognise there are instances when people need to use a van – for example micro businesses, such as self-employed musicians – which is why the Mayor has announced a £23 million van scrappage scheme. He is also asking for government to match this funding to help provide targeted support to other small businesses which would otherwise not qualify. This could be funded either from the £245 million National Clean Air Fund or from underspend on Highways England’s £75 million air quality fund. Londoners pay hundreds of millions of pounds in Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED) every year which support these funds but, shamefully, a negligible amount of this money is then spent in London. Officers are currently working up the detail of this scrappage fund, which will be announced in due course. Air pollution is a national health crisis killing thousands each year. There is no way to make the massive improvements needed to London’s air quality without tackling the most polluting vehicles and so this must be a focus for action. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago