Left to right: Camden Councillor Sian Berry, Green Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali and activist Rebecca Johnson at Sunday's march
The People’s Climate March took place on the eve of this week's landmark climate summit, which will see world leaders gather in New York for emergency meetings called by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
London Greens joined thousands of people on the streets of London this Sunday to help inspire the world’s leaders to take ambitious action on the climate crisis.
The Greens are the only Westminster party committed to delivering an economic system that works for people and the planet.
Dr Shahrar Ali, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, who was at Sunday's march said:
“The New York Summit provides us with a unique opportunity. Our politicians must grasp the huge possibilities available to us for tackling the threat of climate change and building a new economic system that puts people and communities ahead of profit and consumption. The Green Party is inspired to bring about this change and if world leaders fail to listen to us today then our work continues tomorrow.”]]>
The fight against ‘business-as-usual’ is a fundamental aspect of Green Party politics. We stand against a political system that allows people to fall so far below the bread line that they have to rely on food banks; which privatises the NHS after years of neglect; and cuts the very public services that come to depend upon when times get hard.
The Scottish Referendum has created a surge of people who are no longer prepared to put up with this business-as-usual approach to politics and want to show the world that there are alternatives to the Eton mess that the country is currently battling through.
All this was evident to me while talking to people on the doorstep in Stirling today. Whilst campaigning for a Green Yes, it was clear that people see an uncertain future as a better alternative to clinging on to a system that is so obviously broken and refuses to change - the very system that has been promoting a No campaign across the country based on the politics of fear. They’re tired of listening to the same suits in Westminster promise that things will be different – who promised to reform the banks, pledged to be the “greenest government ever”, and who said they would crack-down on corporate lobbyists but only really wanted to gag charities and campaigners.
It should come as no surprise then that change is on the horizon in Scotland.
Walking the streets of Stirling today you can smell the sense of opportunity in the air. You can see the hope in the eyes of the Scottish people.
History has taught us that changes in borders don’t mean that we will lose connection between cultures and populations. Campaigning with Greens from across Europe, a Slovakian Green told me of the similarities they saw between the changes in Czechoslovakia and the discussions about Scottish Independence in the UK. When the countries divided, a border was created. But with a shared history, a common culture, and the free movement the Czechs and the Slovakians are still “brother and sisters”. The same can be true of Scotland. The people have more control over their political destinies, while their culture and heritage will remain just as great as they ever were.
The Scottish people will wake up on Friday morning feeling empowered, living in a country that is theirs to build. Because, irrespective of the way the vote turns on Thursday, this campaign has set a new tone, a new ambition, and a new hope for what a progressive future could look like. That Genie is out of the bottle, and even with a No vote, Westminster can't do anything to put it back.]]>
The deadly virus has claimed the lives of over 2400 people so far, in what is being described as the worst ever Ebola epidemic outbreak. 4300 cases have been reported so far, pushing Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone into a state of emergency.
The motion, which was put forward by Jean Lambert and her Green colleagues in the European Parliament (pictured), called for the EU and its member states to produce a concrete action plan, including the deployment of professional medical teams and provision of appropriate equipment and training.
Speaking about the crisis in Parliament Magazine, Jean said: "It is important that people understand that Ebola does not always kill and can be contained if people know what to do and have the resources to do it. We need a coordinated, effective response, in terms of money and operational capacity. The EU can play an important role, working with the UN and WHO: €147m has already been pledged.
"Ebola is hitting countries where health systems are weak and medical facilities few at the best of times: it underscores the need to continue development support for essential public services. We should recognise the courage of those caring for the sick and burying the dead and match that with a rapid and effective response if we are to control Ebola."
Tom works as a barrister specialising in criminal defence. He was a Labour councillor in Wood Green for 12 years, and a member of the Labour Party until 2013. He is currently a Governor of Blanche Nevile School, on the Board of Hornsey Housing Trust, and a Trustee of Muswell Hill Community Centre. After years of increasing unhappiness with Labour's policies, he examined Green Party policies. He found them "more progressive than Labour's have been for a long time", and promptly joined the Green Party. As a councillor, he worked successfully with Community, Residents’ and Tenants’ groups to get the Council to set up a pocket-park in Myddleton Road, and get new equipment installed in a local playground. He also lobbied successfully for road safety measures in his ward, and voted in favour of traffic calming measures. He was Chair of Haringey Council's Planning Committee for 6 years.
There was almost nothing in it - only a dozen votes - between the Greens and the Lib Dems for second place to Labour in this ward in the local elections this May, with the Tories some way further back.
Tom Davidson said: "Labour already hold 47 of the 56 seats on Haringey Council - how much difference would a 48th Haringey Labour councillor make? In contrast, as Haringey's first Green councillor I would make a real difference. I would be an independent voice holding the larger parties to account, questioning their ways of doing business, challenging the austerity and cuts agenda, and putting the interests of real Woodside residents first."
The detailed local policies of Haringey Green Party can be read at www.haringeygreens.org.uk/policies.]]>
Jenny Jones pictured with teachers on an Islington school roof, whose school receives over 20% of it's energy from the solar panels.
A landmark report published today ‘New Climate Economy’ gives the global economy 15 years to transform itself to a low carbon economy, in order to have any chance of avoiding the worst of climate change. Solar could play a significant role, according to Lord Stern, who co-authored the report. Jenny Jones has pointed out that London has the lowest uptake of solar panels of any regions on mainland Britain and has recommended the formation of a dedicated City Hall solar team to address this deficit and help businesses, tenants and communities to benefit from solar generated energy.
Jenny Jones says:
“All Londoners will pay dearly for the Mayor’s failure to take the giant strides that are needed urgently, both in terms of leadership and actions to curb dangerous climate change. He has an opportunity to fight for our futures at next year’s crunch climate change meetings in Paris, but to date he has declined to make any commitments.
“Instead, our climate sceptic Mayor is actively contributing to global warming by backing the expansion of aviation, the most carbon polluting form of transport and activities such as fracking.
“Solar energy has the potential to generate about a fifth of London’s electricity needs. The Mayor should be maximising this potential by helping to turn the empty roof tops of London’s commercial and industrial businesses, supermarkets, flats, schools, public buildings and homes into mini power stations”]]>
Darren Johnson will be questioning the Mayor on house prices tomorrow, after new ONS figures showed that house prices in London rose by 19.1% in the year to July.
Official figures show that prices for new dwellings have risen by over 37%, up by over £100k.
Darren Johnson said:
“The Mayor has continued to maintain building more homes will help slow the rise in house prices. But he keeps signing off plans for yet more luxury apartments which rich investors snap up, fuelling even bigger rises in property prices. The Mayor is rejecting all the sensible measures to keep a lid on prices such as ending tax breaks for buy-to-let investors and controlling overseas investment. He has also failed to promote community land trusts, or support a tax on rising land values."]]>
Young activist and local Kingston resident Ryan Coley has been selected by the Green Party to contest the Tudor Ward council by-election on 16th October.
A former coach for a local Little Leagues football team and life-long resident of the borough, Ryan, 21, has said that his main priorities as a councillor would be to protect resident’s community services and shops and work towards creating a safer and healthier road network in Kingston.
“As a local Kingston resident myself I know how lucky we are to have such a great range of local shops and services right on our doorstep. Unfortunately these are coming under-threat from mega chain-stores like Sainsbury’s that are looking to muscle-in to our high-streets, putting local shop-owners out of business and reducing the diversity of our neighbourhood at the same time. If elected councillor on 16th October I would work hard to protect local business owners and ensure that any new developments meet the needs and wishes of Kingston residents.
“As well as protecting our high streets I also want to clean-up our roads. Despite being blessed with a number of parks and playing-fields, Kingston’s levels of air pollution are dangerously high. We need action now to cut the number of people dying needlessly every year from poor air quality. By making small changes to our local roads so that it is easier and safer to get about by bike and on foot we can cut air pollution in the borough and help to create a more pleasant environment for everyone who lives, works, and shops in Kingston.”
The by-election in Tudor Ward takes place on Thursday 16th October. The election was called due to the ill-health of sitting Conservative Councillor Frank Thompson.]]>
London Green Party today joined the No to TTIP protest held outside the Dept of Business Innovation and Skills.
London Green Romayne Phoenix (pictured, left) spoke on behalf of the Green Party.
Speaking ahead of the march during her keynote conference speech Green Leader and London resident Natalie Bennett said: "We need to stop dead in its tracks the proposed EU-US free trade deal known as TTIP. It threatens to throw away hard won standards in food safety, environmental protection, workers’ rights, and discards democratic control of all of our futures, for the benefit of corporate profit.
London Campaigns Officer Dave Plummer, who attended today's march added:
'Labour have called for the NHS to be excluded from TTIP but seem to care little for worker's rights, environmental legislation and defending public services from privatisation. ']]>
Jonathan Bartley photographed when he was Vice Chair of the 'Yes' campaign to change the voting system for Westminster.
Lambeth Green Party has selected local campaigner Jonathan Bartley as Parliamentary candidate for Streatham.
Jonathan hit the headlines during the last General Election campaign when he publicly confronted David Cameron on the street about Conservative plans for disabled children - which the Prime Minister denied. Channel 4 checked the facts and found Jonathan to be correct and David Cameron was wrong.
Jonathan was Vice Chair of the ‘Yes’ campaign in the national referendum to change the voting system for Westminster.
He was responsible for media in the Green Party’s London Mayoral campaign in which the Green Party came third and has been the national party’s Work and Pensions spokesperson.
Jonathan has lived in the local area all his life. After post-graduate research at the London School of Economics, he worked in Parliament for several years on a cross-party basis. He is an author, journalist and campaigner who was dragged off the steps of St Pauls by police during the evictions of the Occupy protestors in 2012.
He was instrumental in saving The Glebe sheltered housing in Streatham and has raised over £1 million for overseas development work. He has written for a number of national newspapers, and regularly appears on television and radio.
Jonathan said: “A vote for the Greens sends a clear message to Westminster that business as usual is no longer an option. More and more people are realising that the Greens are the alternative to the big three parties who have very little to choose between them.”
“The government is in the middle of an unprecedented attack on the welfare state and the country’s most vulnerable people, but Labour has said it will stick to Tory spending limits. All three parties are committed to spending tens of billions on renewing nuclear weapons and pushing ahead on fracking. Labour abstained on the appallingly illiberal Immigration Bill and refused to oppose secret courts as part of the Justice and Security Bill. And when it comes to challenging the unaccountability of free schools and academies, the asset-stripping of the NHS, the vilification of those on welfare as 'scroungers' and 'frauds', where is the fight back? It is only the Greens who are offering an alternative.”]]>
Natalie Bennett and Highgate councillor Sian Berry at the Green Conference in Aston University, Birmingham
Green Party Leader and Camden resident and parliamentary contender Natalie Bennett has condemned HS2 rail link running from the capital through Birmingham, during the Greens' conference in the city.
In an interview with a Camden New Journal reporter who travelled up to Birmingham to cover the Party conference, leader Natalie Bennett has renewed her prediction that the HS2 rail link will never get built, saying there was not enough public support for the “rich man’s railway” from Euston.
Natalie told the paper: “The investment should be going into the local infrastructure, into their local train and bus services instead.”
The Greens remain the only parliamentary party opposing HS2, which is currently planned to link London with Birmingham, after which it will branch with separate lines travelling towards Wigan and York.
According to the CNJ, HS2 looks set to cause years of disruption in Camden, where Natalie is standing next May in the Holborn and St. Pancras constituency. Even though a link-up route through Camden Town was axed from the plans earlier this year, residential areas around Euston and Regent’s Park will face the brunt of the redevelopment with a forest of skyscrapers predicted – towers which will be marketed to help dent the cost of the project.
Ms Bennett said: “There is not really strong public support for HS2. There are special interest groups that are supporting it but there’s an awful lot of opposition, and it’s very varied opposition from communities in Camden who are very resistant, through to the Cheshire shires. It goes to lots of northern towns and cities who are recognising that they are going to have this bullet slicing through them but they are not going to see any benefit from it.”
"Passengers should not have to put up with being crammed into train over double their capacity, as prices rocket" says Green Party Transport spokesperson, stating the need for the railways to run to "serve the common good, not as a source of profit".
The Green Party has today urged politicians to support Caroline Lucas’ bill to take the railways back into public ownership following a report released by the Department of Transport (DfT).
Figures show that, at peak times, some services were up to 111 percent over their capacity with broader results showing that one in five passengers travelling through London during the morning peak services were having to stand.
Responding to the latest figures, Rupert Read, Green Party Transport spokesperson, said:
"These figures are a wake-up call. It is absurd that our travelling public are being crammed into trains that are over double their capacity. Passengers should not have to put up with these kinds of conditions when prices continue to rocket. It's clear that the current privatised model for running our network is not delivering the investment and improvements the travelling public need and deserve.
"The Green Party believes that mass transport ought to be a joined-up public service, not turned into a source of profit. The railways ought to be run to serve the common good, and the only way to do this is to take the railways back into public ownership. This is a view that is overwhelmingly popular with the public and one that the Green Party has long been committed to.
"There is a way to bring an end to these horrendously over-crowded journeys. We're calling on all politicians to get behind Caroline Lucas' bill to bring the railways back into public ownership. The second reading of that bill is due to come before the House of Commons next month. I hope that the Chamber of the House of Commons will be overcrowded that day, with MPs vying to do as their constituents wish, and start the process of taking the railways back into public hands."]]>
The London Assembly today voted to support Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson's motion to do more for London's renters.
The vote means that the Assembly will now officially call for the Mayor to respond to the 'Renters manifesto', a new report by Generation Rent that calls for reform of the private rental market. The Assembly also urged the Mayor to consider piloting some of the report recommendations in his Housing Zones.
The Assembly also welcomed the 'Renters manifesto' report published by Generation Rent, which would bring considerable improvements to the lives of one in four households living in London’s private rented sector.
Darren Johnson AM, who proposed the motion said:
“The Mayor has to start listening to millions of private tenants who want longer, more secure tenancy agreements with rent controls and an end to rip-off letting agent fees. He should put Londoner’s interests first, instead of doing deals for rich investors and property developers.”
Green AM Darren Johnson has described the Mayor's announcement that TfL fares will rise again in the new year as "a bitter start to 2015 for struggling Londoners".
Although this year's increase will be in-line with the rising cost of other other retail items, it follows a real-terms increase in fares over the last six years of 13 per cent for tube and 19 per cent for bus users.
Darren commented: “The Mayor's seventh fare hike in a row will be a bitter start to 2015 for many Londoners, who have been struggling with stagnant pay and spiralling housing costs for years.
“While he has pushed fares up, the cost of motoring has been falling. To save London from a future of congestion and pollution, the Mayor should be bringing in a London-wide pay-as-you-drive charging system, which could fund a big expansion in public transport and a cut in fares.”]]>
Green Party candidate Jane Lithgow and Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson at Gallions Reach, where the proposed road bridge would be.
The Green Party’s candidate for the upcoming Newham council by-election has joined forces with Green London Assembly Member Darren Johnson in opposing the construction of a new river crossing at Gallions Reach.
If successfully elected in the Beckton Ward by-election, taking place on Thursday 11th September, the Green Party’s Jane Lithgow, a Beckton resident for 14 years, has stated that one of her main priorities will be to work towards improving the provision of public transport and the safety of cycling and walking in Newham and opposing any schemes likely to increase traffic and air pollution in the borough.
Commenting on Transport for London’s recent proposal to build a new road bridge over the Thames between Gallions Reach in Beckton and Thamesmead, Jane said:
“Any investment in Newham should be used so that it benefits the local community. This proposed road crossing will simply bring more cars, lorries, noise, and air pollution to our streets and neighbourhoods. We should not be a place where people just drive through and land on - we have rights to clean air and a noise-free environment. We already suffer from higher than the London average for air pollution in a city which itself continues to fail to meet emissions targets. Beckton children must be allowed to grow up in a place where dirty air and high noise levels do not threaten their health and development.
“I am asking the people of Beckton for their vote so that I can work on their behalf to ensure any new transport schemes actually help create the cleaner and safer borough that our residents deserve. I would oppose the construction of this proposed river crossing which can only burden Newham with more cars and increased air pollution.”
London Green Party Assembly Member Darren Johnson has worked hard at City Hall to oppose the scheme and to table alternatives. He joined Jane in opposing Transport for London’s proposal stating:
"Local people have been rejecting plans for this bridge for over 30 years but I am concerned that neither the Mayor nor Transport for London have been listening. A number of options for improving public transport and reducing traffic in Newham could still be considered – as well as upgrading the popular ferry service when the current vessel needs replacing. By voting for Jane on September 11th Newham’s residents have the chance to elect a councillor that would ensure any local concerns and objections to these plans are taken up and championed.”]]>
This Saturday 6th September the 999Call for the NHS - a national demonstration against the privatisation of the NHS - reaches London. Demonstrators will be gathering at 2pm outside the Unite union offices and marching from there to parliament square.
The Green Party's Councillors for London issued the following joint statement of support:
"Being able to access decent healthcare and support when you need it is not something that should only be available to the highest bidder. It’s a universal right, written into the founding principles of our prized National Health Service. By gradually selling-off NHS services to the private sector and slashing central government funding, the Coalition and the former Labour government are making healthcare a luxury that only the rich can afford.
"We don’t believe this is fair and neither do huge numbers of the general public. A recent survey found that 4 in 5 people believe the NHS should be run by the public sector. For those feeling exasperated and frustrated by the government’s soulless dismantling of the NHS, the 999Call for the NHS march offers a great opportunity to join together and have your voice of opposition heard. That’s why this Saturday London Green Party members will be out in force to support the march and call for end to the privatisation of the NHS."
Cycling Superhighway 7, photograph courtesy of Patrick Mackie.
Darren Johnson has backed the Mayor’s plans for two new superhighways, going East-West and North-South, but has warned that with current investment plans road safety improvements will be slow.
The north-south route will run for more than 3 miles from Elephant & Castle to King’s Cross. The east-west route will run from Barking to Acton, a distance of over 18 miles, including a section on the Westway flyover, where one lane will be removed to create a segregated cycle track.
Protected cycle routes will also be created through dangerous junctions, including Tower Hill, Blackfriars, Parliament Square and Lancaster Gate. Connections will be created to cycle routes servicing other parts of the City, West End and suburbs.
Subject to detailed public consultation – which begins today – work will start early next year and the routes will open in March 2016.
Darren commented, “These plans for two segregated super highways are a welcome step forward after years of Mayoral backtracking on making our roads safer. London is a fast growing city and our only hope of dealing with the congestion on our over-crowded roads is to get people out of cars and onto bikes and buses. I hope that Londoners support these plans, but they don’t address the problem of what happens on all the roads that cyclists use in the rest of London. We need safer roads everywhere and the current investment plans will change too little and improve it too slow.”
“Londoners should remember that the Mayor cancelled the ambitious plans to create a pedestrian and cyclist friendly plaza in Trafalgar Square when Boris Johnson was elected in 2008. He is also the Mayor who failed to back a high quality scheme at Blackfriars Bridge when it was re-engineered just a few years ago. Much of this new cycling superhighway plan is about correcting the mistakes the Mayor made in his first term, when he was encouraging people to cycle without making the roads safer. Pedestrian and cyclist safety should be the big priority for the Mayor’s plans for London’s roads.”]]>
Team London Green Party after the declaration of London MEPs. From left: Noel Lynch, Tracey Hague, Danny Bates, Amelia Womack, Jean Lambert, RoseMary Warrington (hidden), Caroline Allen, Violeta Vajda, Ben Duncan, Laura Davenport, Chris Smith, Shahrar Ali, Steve Lambert
The Green Party have today announced that Amelia Womack and Shahrar Ali have been elected as the Party's new Deputy Leaders.
Having already served for two years in the post, Natalie Bennett has been returned as Leader.
Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett, said: “I look forward to working with Amelia and Shahrar. As a team we will look, sound and be different to the other party leaderships - reflecting the Green Party promise of a politics that works for the common good, not just for the few.
Both Amelia and Shahrar were London Green Party candidates for the European Parliament elections earlier this year, and supported the successful re-election of London's Green MEP Jean Lambert. They were elected in a nationwide ballot of Green Party members.
Deputy Leader, Amelia Womack, is a member of the Young Greens’ 30 Under 30 programme to develop young activists and candidates. The 29-year-old is originally from Newport in Wales and now lives in Lambeth in South London, where she was a European Parliament and Borough Council candidate earlier this year.
New Green Party requirements put in place by members in 2013 meant that for the first time two Deputies were elected, and proscribed that the two deputies must be of different self-defined genders. As Amelia Womack and Shahrar Ali polled first and second, however, this requirement did not affect the outcome of the election.
Natalie added that she wished to thank outgoing deputy leader Cllr Will Duckworth "for all of his hard work over the past two years and congratulate everyone in the strong field of deputy leadership candidates for offering party members such a strong, healthy choice in the election."
Amelia commented: "I am delighted to have been elected as Deputy Leader of the Green Party to give an even stronger voice for young people at a time when so many of us are feeling that the main parties are happy to sell our futures down the line to protect the interests of big business and the rich. Polling last week found that a record 18% of young people would vote Green, and Green Party membership of young people has grown phenomenally by over 70% since the start of the year. The Green Party is the only party that takes our future seriously, with policies to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, tackle spiralling inequality, and offer free higher education so that every young person can get a strong start in life."
Deputy Leader Dr Shahrar Ali trained as a biochemical engineer then as a philosopher. He entered green politics after working as a researcher in the European Parliament on the risk of GM foods. He is author of Why Vote Green, an impassioned call for environmental action in the 21st century.
Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali said, "I am honoured and thrilled at being given the opportunity to play a leading role in advancing Green politics nationally. Ours is the only politics worthy of the cause. We must take active responsibility for our stewardship of the planet for the sake of our children, our children’s children and nonhuman animals, too. We must look after the most vulnerable and impoverished in society first, instead of protecting big bank crooks. Greens are on a mission to improve quality of life without costing the earth, coming to a ballot box near you!”]]>
Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson welcomes the news of the rejection of "Boris Island" by the Davies Commision, but warns that further expansion of existing airports is not the solution either.
The number of flights must be cut to avoid environmental repercussions says Darren Johnson. Photograph courtesy of Warren Rohner.
Darren Johnson, Green Party Assembly Member, has welcomed the the news that the committee responsible for reviewing the proposal "has finally sunk Boris Island once and for all".
The Davies Commission, the body set up to review airport capacity and expansion, has rejected Boris Johnson’s Thames Estuary Airport proposal on the grounds of its environmental impact and cost.
In a previous report the British Trust for Ornithology, said the proposed site on the wetland bird habitat of the Isle of Grain would required the creation of a new habitat two times the size of Disneyland Paris and the relocation of 300,000 birds. RSPB, WWF and AEF’s reports concluded that plans to expand airport capacity are ‘based on a wing and a prayer’ and ‘not rooted in the real world’, and would result in UK failure to meet carbon reduction targets.
Commenting on the Davies Commission's conclusion, Darren said:
“The commission has finally sunk Boris Island once and for all. But expanding Heathrow is not the solution either. For anyone who genuinely cares about the future, the only sensible solution is no expansion at all. London is already served by five airports and six commercial runways. Further aviation expansion would be madness, causing further noise misery and undermining efforts to tackle climate change.”
"If we are to stand any chance of avoiding the immense risks involved with runaway climate change, we urgently need to substantially reduce carbon emissions. This includes cutting the number of both short and long haul flights in London and the South East and also raising the price of flights to reflect the environment damage they cause”]]>
According to 38 degress, over 7000 people across the country were out leafleting and talking to members of the public about the deal and the impact it's passage could have on our public services and basic rights.
London Green Party Campaigns Officer Dave Plummer - who was raising awareness in his local area of Lewisham (pictured above, centre) - said:
“The TTIP national day of action is all about filling a huge communications gap in British politics. Very few politicians are talking about this new trade deal simply because they know its provisions are so unpalatable: if passed it could lead to the privatisation of our prized NHS and give corporations the right to sue governments, undermining workers’ rights.
“But if the government and opposition won’t talk about this deal, there’s nothing to stop campaigners and members of the public from getting out and about and spreading the message. That’s what this day of action is all about – building a national conversation and letting people know about a deal that, despite having a potentially big impact on all our lives, is largely being negotiated behind closed-doors. I am proud to be a member of one of the only political parties, the Greens, actively campaigning against TTIP and have been thrilled to see the huge number of people that took part in Saturday’s day of action.”]]>
Darren Johnson pictured above campaigning to lower speed limits in London to 20mph. Photograph courtesy of Jim Jepps (Islington Gazette).
Green London Assembly Member Darren Johnson has reminded Boris Johnson of the health risks of encouraging car use, after the Mayor was asked by a Government Minister to scrap controls on the number of car parking spaces in London’s new developments.
A letter from planning Minister, Nick Boles, has called for the current restrictions on parking in the Mayor’s London Plan to be lifted. Transport for London have responded by saying they want to keep the maximum standards as they are.
Darren commented, “More cars in London will inevitably mean more traffic jams and more air pollution. Up until recently, London has been amazingly successful at reducing car traffic at a time when the population has been rising rapidly. Controls on car parking, such as car free developments, have played a crucial role in keeping the streets moving and it would be foolish to remove them.
“It would be bad for London if the Mayor did what the Government says and encourages more cars in London. You can fit another 100,000 people a year into London, but you can’t fit another 100,000 cars. Business will suffer if we have more cars and Londoner’s health will take a hit as well. ”]]>