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Security at closed fire stations will cost £138,000 over two years

Figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon have shown that the cost of security at Woolwich and Downham fire stations - which were closed in January as part of the Mayor's fire service cuts - will total £138,000 until the end of 2015.

Lewisham Lib Dem councillor Julia Fletcher commented:

“Downham fire station should never have closed. We were told the reason it and other stations across London had to go was to save money, yet now the taxpayer has to fork out £69,000 just to protect an empty building.”

Met needs to explain the rise in officers leaving over obscene images

As figures from the Met revealed that in 2013, 19 officers were investigated for possession or distribution of obscene images, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“Even allowing for the fact that these cases represent a very tiny fraction of the vast number of officers employed by the Met, these figures are still disturbing, especially the steep increase in cases that took place in 2013.

“We need a full explanation as to why this problem appears to be getting worse in the Met.”

The scandal of London’s missing Looked After Children is now painfully clear

The high number of children who go missing for 24 hours or more from the care of London local authorities has been revealed in the report Looked After Children: Missing From Care, published today by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

Through freedom of information requests made to every London borough, detailed information has been gathered showing that in every part of London there is a serious problem with runaway children who are in the legal care of local authorities.

Put a bit of fun back into the cycle hire scheme

As 101 yellow Cycle Hire bikes arrive to celebrate July's Tour de France stage in London, Caroline Pidgeon has called for the Mayor to "put a bit of fun back into the cycle hire scheme" with more themed bike designs.

"Rather than meeting every corporate wish of Barclays, more varied bike designs could attract far more people, and especially tourists and visitors, onto the bikes", said Caroline.

Campaigning to protect Chessington

Caroline Pidgeon AM and Stephen Knight AM joined Lib Dem councillors and campaigners in Kingston to protest at plans to build 70,000 new homes in Chessington on Green Belt land.

The plan is proposed in a report by Business Group London First and the Conservative Mayor of London's Housing Deputy Mayor is reported to support their recommendations.

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