Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Cycling improvements and countdown crossing at Ambleside Avenue/ Mitcham Lane Junction

We have continued to ask Transport for London to address the ongoing safety issues following repeated collisions (and fatalities) at the junction of Mitcham Lane and Ambleside Avenue.  This included a campaign which began in 2012.

This resulted in a review of the junction and proposals for changes and we have now received the following email from TfL (via Green London Assembly Member Darren Johnson's office):

Our proposals for this junction are currently at the preliminary design stage. The anticipated completion date for this early design work is  November 2014. The principal objectives of the scheme include the provision of:

·      Cycling improvements on all arms of the junction, including the installation of Advanced Stop Lines

·        Installation of Pedestrian Countdown

Furthermore, we are investigating light levels at the junction to ascertain whether any upgrade in this area is required, and we are also looking at the possible provision of a red light camera.

We will be consulting on our proposals with our stakeholders, and expect delivery of the scheme to take place July – September 2015.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Streatham Youth and Community Trust needs your vote!

Streatham Youth and Community Trust has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in Streatham.

By encouraging the public to vote Streatham Youth and Community Trust has the chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue to work with children, young people and their families.  

Voting runs 2 Sept – 10 Oct 2014.  This grant would go towards its adult support group.

The Trust has asked for the local community to get behind their bid -  through Twitter, website, e-zines etc and also of course voting for them!

The vote is now open and runs until 10 October 2014.  To voteTweet  #COMMFUND TMF or visit this page: https://lly-cf.co.uk/TMF   


A bit more about Streatham Youth and Community Trust...

In addition to  work with children and young people, it also runs an adult support group called Just Like Us. The group provides a place of respite for people with heavy responsibilities.  Many have caring duties which means it is difficult to get out of the house or take part in social activities leaving hem isolated and without friendship networks.  They are financially disadvantaged because caring can leave them unable to work or can disrupt career plans.  They can express feelings of depression, poor health, despair and worry about finance.  They feel unable to cope with life's issues because of poor mental health.  

The group meets for three hours once a week to take part in a planned programme of activities.  These include pottery, cooking, exercise, sewing and outings.  We also provide advice and referrals to other support agencies. It is one of the few respite drop-in groups in the area.  Members have described the group as a refuge or oasis.  It is a space where they can have time for themselves.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Email to Lambeth residents regarding the increase in terrorism threat level

The following email has been sent to inform Lambeth residents about the increase in the terrorism threat level, by Tony Hirst who Chief Inspector of Operations in Lambeth for the Metropolitan Police:

You may be aware that the UK threat assessment level in relation to International terrorism has been raised to 'Severe', below are some key points that can be shared with communities and partners.

1.    The threat level to the UK from international terrorism has been raised to SEVERE: an attack is highly likely.

2)      This is related to the developments in Syria and Iraq where groups are planning an attack in the UK, not to specific communities.

3)      UK policing has a variety of operational tactics that are regularly used to prepare and protect the public.

4)      People can expect to see an increase in high visibility police activity around a variety of sites, sectors and communities.

5)      Communities defeat terrorism. The public are urged to report suspicious activity. We are particularly concerned about those might be intending to, or who have returned from, fighting in Syria and Iraq.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or your other Lambeth police contacts.

Could you each forward this message to other members of your respective organisations as you see fit.

Many thanks

Tony

Tony Hirst Ch.Inspector | Operations - Lambeth Borough.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Greener buses for Streatham

We continue to push for better air quality on Streatham High Road.  Air pollution causes an estimated 112 deaths a year in Lambeth, and we recently tabled a motion on the subject at Lambeth's full council.

As part of our campaign we have been pushing the Mayor of London to introduce cleaner buses on routes that go  through Streatham.  We are pleased to say that there will soon be cleaner, hybrid buses on the 109 bus route through Streatham, from early 2015.

The news was announced in response to a question from Green London Assembly member Darren Johnson.

Greener buses for Streatham
Question No: 2014/2686
Darren Johnson
You previously assured me that you have made it a top priority to reduce the environmental impact of London's bus fleet (117/2013). What plans do TfL have to introduce hybrid buses on Streatham High Road? This stretch of road currently suffers from poor air quality and a high concentration of bus routes running along it.

Written response from the Mayor
Hybrid buses with the latest ultra-low-emission Euro VI engine will be introduced to route 109 in early 2015 following the recent award of a new operating contract. This will help improve air quality on Streatham High Road. When other routes come up for re-tender in this and other parts of London, they will be considered for new cleaner conventional diesel buses with the Euro 6 engine, hybrid buses or both. This is part of my wider commitment to Londoners to increase the current 830 hybrid buses in the fleet to 1,700 by 2016 to reduce emissions from public transport. As part of my proposals for ULEZ, all buses in central London will be hybrid or electric by 2020.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Crossrail 2 public meeting


Crossrail 2 Public Meeting
Wednesday 2nd July at 7pm
The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham, SW16 2ED


'They've been talking about bringing the tube to Streatham for as long as I've been alive!'

You have probably heard something like this every time the topic of the 'tube' comes up.

But what really are the facts and how likely is it that Streatham could get an underground train as part of the Crossrail 2? The latest consultation on Crossrail 2 began on 9th June. People have 6 weeks to respond.

Greens have organised a cross-party meeting, inviting representatives from TfL; Network Rail; & Lambeth Council to set the record straight and discuss the potential of bringing the 'tube' and other improved transport links (including Crossrail 2) to Streatham.

The event is open to all and will be chaired by the well respected community spokesperson, John Stewart (Campaign for Better Transport.)

If you would like to attend email: streathamgreenparty (at) gmail.com to reserve your place.

Please tell your friends and neighbours and help spread the word around Streatham!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

New signs to tackle flytipping

We are working with council officers and residents to develop a strategy to tackle the ongoing problem of flytipping in Streatham.

As part of that strategy which we believe must include a range of different measures to tackle the different aspects of the problem, the council have produced these signs, designed to go in flytipping hotspots.

If you have a particular area prone to flytipping and dumping where you think a sign should go, please let us know.

You can contact us: streathamgreenparty (at) gmail.com

For some of the other ways we are working to tackle local flytipping and dumping see:

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/progress-at-grot-spot-on-mitcham-lane.html

http://streathamnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/sorting-out-rubbish-around-streatham.html

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A small epidemic of raised kerb stones

There appears to have been a small outbreak of raised kerb stones locally, so we've been reporting them (both to Lambeth council and Transport for London depending on where they are located) to get them fixed.

These do cause a major problem, particularly for some older residents, those who are partially sighted and younger children.

Getting them fixed is part of our drive to make local pavements safe and enjoyable for everyone (for more on why this is really important see Living Streets)

In particular we have reported a number around the junction of Ambleside Avenue, Garrad's Road, Tooting Bec Gardens, by Tooting Common, so they can be sorted out.

If you see any locally, let us know and we will get them sorted out.