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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
858,088 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
169,472 supporters
Closed
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
125,692 supporters
Closed
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
107,921 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
106,980 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
68,532 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
63,434 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
47,721 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 .
40,628 supporters
Closed
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
Stop the 'Angry Baby Trump Blimp from flying during President Trump's visit to the UK

Dear Petitioner Thank you for contacting the Mayor of London about the blimp at Parliament Square Garden. The UK, like the USA, has a long and rich history of the right and the freedom to protest, freedom of speech and freedom to assemble. Parliament Square is a site used for protests on all kinds of issues across the centuries – it is an important assembly point at the heart of our democracy. The city operations team at the Greater London Authority (GLA), as is usual procedure, met with the organisers of this protest and gave them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp. The city operations team at the GLA have the power to approve use of the gardens as long as a number of criteria are met, such as liability insurance alongside a full health and safety risk assessment by the GLA’s independent consultants. Only once all of this information had been collated and submitted were the city operations team able to review and authorise the use of Parliament Square Garden. The organisers also had to separately seek the necessary approvals from the Metropolitan Police and National Air Traffic Service, which they did. Whilst the Mayor has always supported the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms, he was not involved in the decision at all. It was made by the city operations team at the GLA. It is important to realise it is not the Mayor’s or GLA’s role to act as a censor, or the arbiter of what is or isn’t a good protest, it is the GLA’s job to assess whether it can be done safely, legally and peacefully. Thank you again for writing to us. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit

3 weeks ago
Stop violent moped crime / No more pillion passengers in inner cities

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about stopping violent moped crime and banning pillion passengers in inner cities. The Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) recognise moped crime as a serious concern and that aside from the initial theft, mopeds are being used to conduct a range of other crimes that may have impacted a number of your petition supporters, ranging from personal theft to serious robberies, and incidents where victims are left severely injured. The Mayor would like to assure you that both the MPS and his Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) are committed to making London safer for all Londoners. This includes working tirelessly to crack down on moped theft and moped enabled crime across the capital. Under Operation Venice, targeted intelligence led-operations are taking place across London, with high visibility patrols in key areas. A range of innovative tactics are being deployed, such as new specialist lightweight scrambler bikes, mobile stingers and a forensic DNA tagging spray that when deployed can be used to connect a thief with the vehicle they have stolen. The MPS has also launched a communications campaign – Be Safe – to encourage motorcycle owners to secure their vehicles in order to deter thieves. A greater police presence – thanks to the Mayor’s commitment to increase Dedicated Ward Officers in every ward – will further serve as a deterrent for aspiring criminals. The combined impact of such innovation and intelligence led operations has seen a positive impact on the number of moped thefts and offences taking place, with these falling, while the number of arrests and prosecutions have been rising. Whilst we are in no way complacent, there has been a decline in moped crime since summer 2017. The peak in moped enabled offending was recorded in July 2017 whereby over 2,600 offences were recorded. In May 2018 this was 1,190 offences which was a reduction that month of 55 per cent compared to the peak last year. At City Hall, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, is pushing partners to work together to ensure the prevention of moped theft and moped enabled crime. Local authorities have been encouraged to consider what can be done to enhance secure parking provision for moped users. Moped user groups are working to cascade crime prevention information. Pressure is continuing to be applied to moped manufacturers to invest in improving security on their vehicles. A ban on riding pillion would unfairly impact many Londoners who have no interest in committing an offence and is therefore not being pursued at this time. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Newspaper recycling bins on London's tubes and stations

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about newspaper recycling bins on London's tubes and stations. Transport for London (TfL) is already doing a huge amount to reduce the amount of waste on the network and recycles waste collected on the network wherever possible. In 2017/18 London Underground collected 11,500 tonnes of waste from its stations and over 28 per cent of this was recycled. The majority of waste that is recycled is collected in dedicated newspaper collections. TfL is making efforts to increase the number of these dedicated newspaper collections wherever possible. There is of course waste which is not suitable for recycling. Waste which is not recycled is usually because of contamination, for example food contamination from half-full coffee cups. Such waste is incinerated with energy recovery. To discourage food contamination, TfL has recently completed a successful trial at Southwark Tube station using bins that are split to keep newspapers separate from other waste. TfL is now looking at how to roll these divided bins out across the network to ensure as much waste is recycled as possible while keeping stations clear of litter. There are some constraints to adding bins more widely at Tube stations, which can make progress appear slow. Any bins need to be situated in compliance with fire safety requirements specified by the Fire Brigade. TfL must put the safety of staff and passengers first and opportunities to place bins in new locations that comply with these requirements are rare across the network. Many of our stations are decades old and were not designed with these requirements in mind. Where new stations open or stations are redesigned, TfL seeks opportunities to improve waste and recycling facilities. There are resource and staffing costs associated to emptying bins, especially at the busier stations where intensive bin emptying regimes are required. There is also a limit to how much collected waste can be stored at a Tube station safely before it can be removed and many are already at storage capacity. Despite these constraints, the Mayor and TfL remain committed to reducing the amount of waste and increasing recycling rates on the network where possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Take back control of Burdett Road Junction, London E3 (reverse the no right turn)

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the introduction of the permanent right turn restrictions from Mile End Road into Burdett Road, and vice versa. The Mayor is committed to doing all he can to reduce road danger and make London’s streets safer and more welcoming for all road users, especially vulnerable road users such as those walking or cycling. There are high cyclist collision rates at Burdett Road junction. At this junction there were 17 collisions involving cyclists between July 2011 and February 2014. This is nearly twice the average for Tower Hamlets, which is why it was important to address the risk to cyclists at this location. Transport for London (TfL) thoroughly investigated and evaluated other infrastructure design options before banning the turn. It found that all alternative solutions at this junction would either leave unacceptable risks for cyclists or create significantly longer delays for traffic using the A11. TfL’s modelling and research showed that installing the new junction without banning turns would cause queues of approximately 800 metres back to Cambridge Heath junction. The permanent no right turn at the junction was therefore required to physically accommodate the segregated cycle track in this location. By banning the right turn from Mile End Road into Burdett Road and vice versa, TfL was able to retain capacity for straight-ahead traffic, which is the busiest movement, significantly reducing the level of congestion that would otherwise have resulted. Throughout the designing and planning of the upgrade to CS2, TfL sought to provide a balance between all road users while delivering cycle safety improvements. TfL consulted on these proposals as part of a consultation on upgrading the Cycle Superhighway Route 2 (CS2) between September and November 2014. As part of the consultation, TfL wrote to nearly 60,000 addresses and emailed a further 78,000 people. There were also drop-in sessions for people interested in the scheme. Details of the consultation can be found on the TfL website at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs2-upgrade/results/cs2-upgrade-consultation-report-tfl.pdf. From over 2,200 responses, TfL received 89 per cent support or partial support for their proposals. A total of 12 per cent of all respondents opposed the proposed ban of right turns from Mile End Road onto Burdett Road and Burdett Road onto Mile End Road. TfL is required to ensure that road users comply with formal Traffic Regulation Orders, and issues Penalty Charge Notices to those contravening these orders. Enforcement at this junction was introduced gradually, with a Warning Notice campaign carried out before tickets were issued. The Mayor was sorry to read that you have concerns about the impact of this scheme on air quality. Improving London’s dangerously polluted air is one of the Mayor’s top priorities, and he has already taken a series of bold steps to achieve this. As part of his Transport Strategy, TfL is encouraging a shift away from private cars and towards more sustainable transport. Evidence shows that cycling reduces emissions and noise pollution, and improves air quality, thereby creating better places for everyone. As noted, the final scheme design looks to minimise delays for traffic and restrict traffic queuing and therefore the impact of engine idling. Since implementation, TfL has refined the operation of the junction as traffic flows change. For example, vehicle sensors have been installed on each approach to the junction which allow the lights to adjust their green light phase to best balance the performance of each traffic, bus or cycle movement. The Mayor knows that there are a number of ongoing concerns regarding the no right turn restriction. The north-south alignment through this junction forms part of a new proposed cycle route between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs. As part of the development of this new route, TfL will review this junction in detail, and consider whether any changes are required as part of this process. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Police/Goverment - Start Investigating Car Thieves - It is not Petty Crime!!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the resourcing and investigation of vehicle crime. In response to the many challenges facing the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), it has been using its crime assessment policy to make the best use of the resources it has. The policy is about using officer time proportionately to cope with demand so that officers can be in the right place at the right time when the public need them. The MPS takes vehicle crime seriously and ensures that each allegation is investigated and assessed to establish if further investigative leads are apparent and are able to determine if suspects can be identified and brought to justice. Many MPS vehicles are fitted with Automatic Number Plate Recognition Devices and this ability, along with the wider CCTV network, can be utilised by officers in detecting and identifying vehicle crime perpetrators. This activity is further supported by the introduction of automatic tyre deflation devices and DNA spray to mark individuals, particularly those involved with scooter and motorcycle theft, who then go on to commit further offences. Local borough officers are also being issued with additional UV torches to assist in the identification of suspects involved in this type of vehicle crime In addition, the MPS has a specialised vehicle investigation unit designed to investigate, reduce and upset organised criminal activity and their networks. Alongside this investigative and intelligence work, the MPS also works and shares relevant information with manufactures and partners in order to continually improve vehicle security and reduce the opportunities for theft to occur. This activity is pre and post manufacture. The MPS website also offers crime prevention advice and measures in relation to vehicle crime; this includes information on security devices, secure parking locations and advice for owners seeking to reduce the opportunity or stop their vehicle from being stolen. This preventative and partnership led approach, coupled with investigative and intelligence based activity, provides a coordinated, collaborative and proportionate response to a crime that has a daily impact on London. The MPS is currently facing unprecedented pressures on its resources, with Government cuts to its funding having forced them to make £1 billion of cuts between 2010 and 2021. This is at a time when crime is rising in London and across the whole country, including the most harmful types of crime such as violence, domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation. Please be assured that the Mayor is doing everything in his power to ensure the police in London have the resources they need, including increasing the police share of Council Tax by the highest amount possible and diverting some of the money raised from Business Rates into policing. He continues to call on the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Chancellor to increase police funding significantly. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Escalate unacceptable service of the Metropolitan Line to the London Assembly

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the performance of the Metropolitan line service. The Mayor acknowledges that in the early part of the year the service on the Metropolitan line has not been good enough. However, Transport for London (TfL) is confident that the Metropolitan line operates safely despite these concerns. Service on the Metropolitan line is predominantly and adversely affected by the age of its assets. The Metropolitan is one of the oldest lines, with sections dating back to 1863. TfL is therefore making a record-breaking investment in the Four Lines modernisation programme which will transform the Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines. It will provide increased capacity, including 27 per cent on the Metropolitan line, and more frequent and reliable services to millions of customers. A revamped signalling system will transform one of the oldest parts of the Tube network to one of the most modern, which will be essential to support London's growing population. TfL will be going live with the new signalling system towards the end of 2018, which will improve performance between Finchley Road and Euston Square and extending through to Aldgate in 2019. The full Four Lines modernisation programme will be completed by 2023. The factors that contributed to the delays include track, signals and fleet issues. A lot of these incidents occurred during the peak services between Harrow and Aldgate, which limits TfL’s recovery efforts as there are few places for trains to reverse in between those stations. Track and signal issues between Finchley Road and Baker Street also severely affected the line earlier in the year. The area suffers from the track being below the water line, and from long-term Thames Water leak issues above ground. The wet conditions interfere with the signalling equipment and cause it to fail. The water leak has since been fixed. TfL is currently carrying out improvements in the area, replacing the track bed, which is why the line currently closes early on weeknights. This has improved the quality of the service run through this area, but more work needs to take place. This is due to finish at the end of the year. In January this year a cable fault at Finchley Road also caused a big impact on the performance of the line. TfL will upgrade this section of the line later this year, and in the meantime TfL’s track and signals team continue to monitor the assets closely and carry out urgent repairs. Despite TfL’s robust bad weather plan, snowfall in December 2017 also affected the performance. TfL had a post snow review and undertook some measures, such as amending some communication channels between signals and operations, which improved performance during February’s bad weather. These short-term measures will help, and the Four Lines modernisation programme will deliver longer-term improvements in capacity and reliability. Until the modernisation of the Metropolitan line is complete, the Mayor will continue to push TfL to do everything it possibly can to minimise disruption for customers and keep London Assembly Members informed. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

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

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the need for a plan to end knife and gun crime. The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) would like to reassure you that making London safer for young people is a critical part of the Mayor’s manifesto and his 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan. In addition, the Mayor has published a tough new Knife Crime Strategy for London. Please find a link to the strategy here: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mopac_knife_crime_strategy_june_2017.pdf. The strategy includes the following key areas;  Targeting lawbreakers – recognising that knife crime has increased and that this is a major concern for the public, the Mayor, and the police. Commitments in this section are focussed on the immediate enforcement response to knife crime;  Keeping deadly weapons off our streets - addressing the accessibility and availability of knives focusing on retailers and licensing;  Protecting and educating young people – recognising the importance of prevention and working alongside schools;  Standing with communities, neighbourhoods and families against knife crime – working with Londoners who want to stand up against knife crime and the harm it does to communities and families;  Supporting victims of knife crime – ensuring that improving support to victims is at the heart of a holistic response;  Offering a way out of crime – recognising that young people should be offered interventions which help them move away from criminality towards a brighter future. Prevention and early intervention through a public health approach, play a key part of the strategy, helping to ensure that schools, health professionals and communities play their vital role in addressing knife crime. Through the Knife Crime Strategy: • The Mayor is investing an additional £110m for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) next year, to deliver 1,000 additional officers than would otherwise be possible. • The Mayor has allocated a £15m fund specifically for the MPS to tackle knife crime this financial year and create a new Violent Crime Taskforce with 120 officers. This will be invested in frontline policing, as well as improving the capacity of the MPS analytics, fast unmarked cars and police preventative work. • Every London borough now has a bespoke knife crime action plan created in partnership with the MPS. • Every school in London can now receive a knife wand. (200 wands have already been disseminated). • The Mayor opened an Knife Crime Education Summit in October 2017, bringing together education providers, education leaders, Principals, Academy Trust Chairs, board members and Governmental bodies to understand better their needs and agree a plan of action to help tackle knife crime • The Mayor is working closely with Ofsted and headteachers to improve action taken by schools to prevent knife crime, and to support the school community in the event of an incident. • The Mayor is working to increase the number of Safer Schools Officers across the capital. 319 safer school’s officers are currently in place and we are working with the MPS to provide more. • The Mayor has recently allocated a total of £1.4m to support 43 grass root community led anti-knife crime projects across the capital, alongside the Mayor’s £45m Young Londoners Fund. • Over the next two years, through the London Crime Prevention Fund, in partnership with 32 London boroughs, MOPAC is sustainably funding 38 projects, at a value of approximately £5m, to keep Children and young people safe. • MOPAC is creating the London Knife Crime Dashboard which will be publicly available soon. • The Mayor has dedicated £7m to projects to help tackle youth violence, including: Gang Exit (£500,000), Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (£168,000), Victim Support Children & Young people (£360,861), and youth projects under the London Crime Prevention Fund (£5,295,717). • The total funding allocated to the 23 gang-related projects was £4.27m in 2017/18 and £4.04m in 2018/19. The Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy also committed to developing a media campaign targeted towards young people raising awareness of the dangers and consequences of knife crime; and providing reassurance and advice on what they can do if they have concerns about an individual. This campaign, LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA, was launched on 15 November 2017. For more information go to: www.london.gov.uk/london-needs-you-alive. Both the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan and Knife Crime Strategy have a focus on creating positive change; addressing underlying vulnerabilities and strengthening protective factors such as environmental and socio-economic challenges. I hope that this provides some reassurance that these issues are taken extremely seriously, and that the Mayor is committed to making London an even better and safer place for all. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit

3 months ago
Curfew for under 18s in response to increased murder rate in london

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the possibility of creating a curfew for under 18-year olds in London to prevent further harm caused to young people due to violence. The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) have many ways they are trying to prevent violence by working with young people in London, and would like to reassure you that making London safer for young people is a critical part of the Mayor’s manifesto and his 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan. In addition, the Mayor has published a tough new Knife Crime Strategy for London, a copy of which can be found at: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mopac_knife_crime_strategy_june_2017.pdf. The strategy includes the following key areas: • Targeting lawbreakers – recognising that knife crime has increased and that this is a major concern for the public, myself, and the police. Commitments in this section are focussed on the immediate enforcement response to knife crime. • Keeping deadly weapons off our streets - addressing the accessibility and availability of knives, focusing on retailers and licensing. • Protecting and educating young people – recognising the importance of prevention and working alongside schools. • Standing with communities, neighbourhoods and families against knife crime – working with Londoners who want to stand up against knife crime and the harm it does to communities and families. • Supporting victims of knife crime – ensuring that improved support to victims is at the heart of a holistic response. • Offering a way out of crime – recognising that young people should be offered interventions which help them move away from criminality and towards a brighter future. Prevention and early intervention are a key part of the strategy, helping to ensure that schools and communities play their vital role in addressing knife crime. This will include working with communities, neighbourhoods and families to identify the most suitable locations for knife bins, which provide individuals who want to give up knives a safe way for doing so. MOPAC is committed to funding a range of targeted and specialist provisions across London, to help support some of our most vulnerable people away from crime. For example, MOPAC is funding specialist youth provision and interventions in every London borough to support our most vulnerable young people in exiting offending behaviour. The Mayor’s strategy also committed to developing a media campaign, and in November the Mayor launched the campaign ‘London Needs You Alive’ #LNYA. The campaign is targeted at young people, to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of knife crime and provide reassurance and advice on what they can do if they have concerns about an individual’s involvement or risk of involvement in knife crime. For more information see here: www.london.gov.uk/london-needs-you-alive. Both the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan and Knife Crime Strategy have a focus on creating positive change; strengthening protective factors and addressing underlying vulnerabilities such as environmental and socio-economic challenges. While MOPAC is very grateful for this petition, they do not feel that creating a curfew for all young people will be effective in reducing knife crime in London. They hope that the content of this response provides some reassurance that these issues are taken extremely seriously, and that the Mayor is committed to making London an even better and safer place for all. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

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

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) extension to the North and South Circular roads. As you will be aware, the consultation on the ULEZ has closed. Transport for London (TfL) will be addressing all points raised in response to the consultation as part of a consultation report to the Mayor due later this year, and your petition will be considered as part of that consultation. London is currently breaching legal limits for NO2 concentrations and 448 schools in London are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels. Thousands of Londoners die early as a result of our polluted air and research we have undertaken shows that 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. It also shows that 7.9 million Londoners – nearly 95 per cent of the capital’s population – live in areas of London that exceed the guidelines by 50 per cent or more. PM2.5 are small toxic air particles which are widely acknowledged to have the greatest impact on health, with both short and long-term exposure increasing the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, doing nothing is not an option. The Mayor is committed to tackling pollution in London and is determined to significantly reduce the levels of these dangerous toxic particles, aiming to get pollution levels to within WHO guidelines by 2030. The ULEZ is a key part of the Mayor’s efforts to tackle London’s appalling air quality, though he has also announced a comprehensive set of other measures to reduce air pollution. These are outlined in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and draft London Environment Strategy and include upgrading London’s bus and taxi fleet, providing rapid charging points for electric vehicles and alerting Londoners to high pollution episodes. Expanding the ULEZ would lead to approximately 100,000 people no longer living in areas exceeding legal limits. In outer London there would be a 28 per cent reduction in NOx road transport emissions, and in inner London there would be around a 31 per cent reduction in NOx road transport emissions in 2021. In addition to delivering hard-hitting measures on air quality, TfL is delivering one of the world’s largest programmes of transport investment, including building the Elizabeth line and modernising Tube lines and stations. For example, there is now a train every 100 seconds on the Victoria line during the busiest parts of the day, making it one of the most frequent metro services in the world, carrying 3,000 extra passengers each hour. When complete, new signalling on the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines will provide 32 trains per hour in central London and will improve reliability and boost capacity on 40 per cent of the Tube network. On the bus network, TfL’s bus services are now more reliable than they have ever been and bus speeds have now stabilised and are improving, reversing a long-term trend. TfL has introduced more than 120 bus priority schemes to keep the bus service moving. These improvements are part of the Mayor’s efforts to provide an affordable, accessible and reliable transport network that encourages and enables people to walk, cycle and use public transport whenever possible. Thank you for taking the time to petition the Mayor on this issue. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

3 months ago