New planning rules could cost councils hundreds of thousands of pounds

Reforms to planning rules which make it easier for small-scale residential extensions could cost councils hundreds of thousands of pounds. London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell welcomes the new arrangements, which cuts red tape and helps families improve their homes, but warns tax payers should not foot the bill. London Assembly member Steve O’Connell said: “Councils should be able to charge a fee to the applicant…

Time to end social tenancies in tower blocks

Andrew Boff: Councils pushing families into high rises causes isolation and cripples communities 25th April 2013: London Assembly Member Andrew Boff will be calling for an end to councils housing families in tower blocks at today’s Housing and Regeneration Committee meeting. Andrew will ask Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, Executive Head of Housing, London Councils and other committee guests to confirm the long term costs of…

Richard Tracey commends increased accessibility in South London’s rail infrastructure

Richard Tracey Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth this Thursday attended the formal opening of Earlsfield station. Earlsfield station is part of Network Rail’s critical new moves to improve step-free access in South London. The station includes two new lifts as part of a £5.6 million scheme to improve the facilities and accessibility of the station. Richard Tracey AM comments; "This is a great improvement…

London: One sex worker attacked every week yet two thirds won’t go to police

The first nine months of a database pilot shows London having the highest number of reported crimes against sex workers in the UK. The ‘Ugly Mugs’ scheme has seen 58 incidents since July 2012 – half of them (26) being rapes or sexual assaults. Yet, less than a third of the victims (18) have been willing to report it formally to police. Andrew Boff, Leader…

"Police and TfL must urgently clamp down on dangerous driving as London’s buses hit 2 people a day"

Alarming figures reveal over 15 pedestrians and cyclists are hit by London’s buses every week.* London Assembly Member Roger Evans is urging the Met Police Commissioner to see what can be done to cut down on the number of road accidents. Roger Evans said: “These figures are shockingly high. Since 2007, TfL buses have hit just under 2 pedestrians on average every day, and one…