Article 50 - BREXIT
Councillor Simon Hogg - Leader Wandsworth Labour - letter to Wandsworth residents
This week the Government triggered Article 50, officially giving notice that the UK will leave the EU.
Hundreds of local families and businesses have told me they are concerned about Brexit and what it will mean for them. Wandsworth Labour will stand up for local people who feel the negative impact of Brexit.
Some residents are worried that they will have to leave the area they call home.
It is unacceptable that people who have made their lives here in Wandsworth and contribute to our community now fear for their long-term future.
I’m writing to the Government to ask for a guarantee that EU citizens already settled in our borough are allowed to stay.
Wandsworth’s a great place to live thanks to its diversity and the contribution made by all our residents.
You can add your name to our campaign here: www.battersealabour.com/brexit
More than 25,000 people in Wandsworth are EU citizens - they are our friends and neighbours. We’ve listened to some of their stories, you can read them on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wandsworthlabour
Care For The NHS
Local Putney Members were in the High Street on Saturday January 21st campaigning for the NHS to get the funding it needs. See more here
London breached its annual air pollution limits just five days into 2017
Putney High Street still leads the way
By law, hourly levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide must not be more than 200 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) more than 18 times in a whole year, but by Thursday January 5th this limit was broken on Brixton Road in Lambeth.
Over 60% of the 97 air pollution monitoring sites in London broke legal annual limits in 2016.
Putney High Street, where high buildings trap pollution, was the worst and exceeded the hourly limit 1,221 times in 2016. The High Street’s annual average for last year was 125 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre, over three times the limit of 40µg/m3. Brixton Road recorded 117µg/m3 and Marylebone Road was more than double the limit.
NO2 pollution, which is produced largely by diesel vehicles, causes 5,900 early deaths every year in London. Scientists have attributed one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in people living near busy roads to air pollution.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pledged new measures and to double funding to £875m over five years to tackle the problem. But the UK government’s national plans have twice been ruled illegal in the past two years and it must now produce a new draft national plan by April 2017.
For the today's data see:- London Air
Abridged from 'The Guardian' 06/01/2017
Education not Segregation
Along with 14 other constituency parties Putney’s motion on education was taken forward to the conference floor, approved and underpins Labour’s current campaign. Education was the number one topic in the ballot of the delegates from constituency parties for discussion as a contemporary motion. The full motion approved by conference.
Conference abhors the Government proposal to encourage the creation of more Grammar Schools in England. Conference believes education is a collective good that benefits, not just individual pupils/students but society as a whole. Conference views the recent proposals set forth by Justine Greening MP for Putney to expand grammar schools and to remove the cap on faith-based admissions as divisive. Conference believes that the best interests of all children, and the country, would be better served by providing adequate resources for all schools to match the highest achieving ones. Conference notes that grammar schools fail the poorest students “less than 3% of their students are eligible for free school meals (FSM), whereas the average proportion in selective areas is 18%” and that grammar schools encourage inequality. Since there is no evidence that grammar schools improve social mobility or educational outcomes conference condemns this proposal as a retrograde step. Conference recognises that the purpose of education should be to provide all children, irrespective of background or specific needs, with the skills, knowledge enthusiasm an understanding necessary to lead a rewarding and fulfilling life. Conference therefore commits the Labour Party to opposing any expansion to selective education and also to the establishment in all areas of a genuinely comprehensive and inclusive secondary education system that provides for all children according to their needs as well as ensuring a greater voice for councillors, parents and professionals.
Putney, Roehampton and Southfields – now its Wimbledon Common and Putney
Today’s announcement of the boundary changes sees two wards in the borough of Merton – Village and Wimbledon Park join the Putney constituency which is to be renamed Wimbledon Common and Putney. This decision alone makes one wonder what went on and who decided for the reverse takeover by two Wimbledon constituencies of six from Putney. Like the merger of law firms and estate agents someone is a loser and Roehampton and Southfields no longer get a mention.
The knock on effect of a change in one constituency impacting its neighbours means that the London Labour Party will be discussing the impact on London as a whole and members in Putney will have input into this process.
See the Boundary Commission review for more information
Wimbledon Common and Putney BC 72,489
- East Putney -10,060
- Roehampton and Putney Heath - 8,269
- Southfields Wandsworth - 11,168
- Thamesfield Wandsworth - 10,761
- West Hill Wandsworth - 9,704
- West Putney Wandsworth - 9,860
Additional from Merton
- Village - 5,633
- Wimbledon Park - 7,034
Sadiq Khan calls for a new Clean Air Act
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched plans for the toughest crackdown on the most polluting vehicles by any major city around the world to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act. A £10 charge for the most polluting vehicles and an extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone will be part of a major public consultation which can be accessed through this link.
SERA- Labour's Environment Campaign - has set up a petition "A Breath of Fresh Air" to call for one. If you would like to sign the petition click here.
With around 9,500 Londoners dying from long-term exposure to air pollution every year and latest research revealing over 443 schools in the capital are in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels, Sadiq Khan wants to take urgent action to help end London's 'public health emergency' and clean up the capital’s filthy air.
From new charges for the oldest most polluting vehicles, to improved alerts for high-pollution episodes, the Mayor is today asking Londoners for their views on his Clean Air Action plan. The public have until Friday 29th July 2016 to feed back on the first round of the consultation, further more detailed consultation will take place later this year and some measures could be implemented as early as 2017.
Key proposals include:
- Implementing a £10 Emissions Surcharge (dubbed the ‘T-charge’) on the most polluting vehicles entering central London from 2017. The charge would apply to all vehicles with pre-Euro 4 emission standards (broadly speaking those registered before 2005) and will cost an extra £10 per day on top of the existing Congestion Charge.
- Introducing the central London Ultra-Low Emission Zone one year earlier in 2019
- Extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (‘ULEZ’) beyond central London from 2020: for motorcycles, cars and vans, to the North and South Circular; and for lorries, buses and coaches London-wide
- Developing a detailed proposal for a national diesel scrappage scheme for Government to implement
- Bringing forward the requirement for all double–deck buses to be ULEZ-compliant in central London from 2020 to 2019
- Implementing clean bus corridors – tackling the worst pollution hotspots by delivering cleaner buses on the dirtiest routes
The Emissions Surcharge in 2017, followed by an expanded ULEZ in 2020, would be the toughest crackdown on the most polluting vehicles by any major city around the world.