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Library closures in Brent

Caroline joined Lib Dem Leader Cllr Paul Lorber and local Brent and Harrow candidate Charlotte Henry on Saturday 21st January meeting local library campaigners in Kensal Rise.

The Labour Council has closed 6 libraries across the Borough despite strong opposition and a campaign that has gone to the high court. Caroline talked to local campaigners and saw first hand their fantastic pop up library which has been established to keep a library in the area.

Caroline raised with the Mayor of London at the budget meeting on the 25th January, whether he had considered giving any support for libraries in his budget, perhaps through helping to support and train volunteers who are now running so many across London.

Talking transport in Waltham Forest

Caroline joined local Liberal Democrats in Cann Hall at a public meeting to discuss public transport in the area. Many residents came along to raise concerns from the impact of the Olympics on local streets to issues with bus routes 257 and 58.

The team also heard about problems with the Central Line and TfL’s attitude towards working with community groups to improve bus routes and services.

Caroline will be taking up a number of issues from the meeting.

Is this the most dangerous junction in London?

Caroline Pidgeon joined local Liberal Democrats including Lewisham and Greenwich Candidate John Russell and Leader Cllr Chris Maines out and about in Lewisham on Friday 27th January. The team were collecting signatures at the dangerous Courthill Road and Lewisham Way junction. Pedestrians literally take their lives into their own hands as they attempt to cross the roads at this junction with traffic in all directions.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that TfL seem to be putting traffic flow over pedestrian safety. I witnessed someone on crutches balancing in the middle of a road with no island trying to get across whilst cars sped past, and parents with buggies struggling to cross this junction. The Mayor and TfL must take action now” commented Caroline.

Campaigning in Worcester Park

Caroline has joined Liberal Democrats in Sutton, Paul Burstow MP, local Assembly candidate Abigail Lock and other candidates for the London elections out and about campaigning for a new councillor in Worcester Park.

“It has been great on my visits so far to talk about local issues such as the bid for town centre improvements and policing, as well as wider issues such as the Mayor’s increase in fares. Roger Roberts is a superb local candidate with all the experience needed to be a strong champion for Worcester Park” added Caroline.

Update: Liberal Democrat candidate Roger Roberts secured the seat in the Worcester Park ward with a total of 1367 votes, beating Conservative candidate Simon Densley who received 977 votes.

Helping traders on London Road

Caroline joined Sutton's Deputy Leader Cllr Ruth Dombey with local campaigner Roger Roberts to meet traders on London Road to discuss issues with short stay parking on the red route.

The bays by the shops are split between loading ones and 20 minutes parking. Many customers receive parking fines for parking in the wrong part by mistake and in fact local traders and residents would like to see all of the bays as joint loading and short term parking so that it is simple and clear for everyone.

Caroline has taken up these matters with Transport for London with a series of questions:

Caroline Pidgeon and Brian Paddick call for communities to stand up to criminals

London Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick today revealed how he would offer Londoners the chance to reclaim the streets from criminals and work with police to help reduce rising levels of crime.

Brian and his candidate for Deputy Mayor, London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, spoke to residents in Vauxhall about a recent spate of muggings in the area and their concerns about safety in the community.

Out and about in Battersea

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick and Merton and Wandsworth Lib Dem Candidate Lisa Smart out and about in Battersea on 5th December, along with other local residents including Battersea Lib Dem Chair Richard Davis.

The team looked at the works to make Clapham Junction station accessible, as well as ways to improve cycling in the area and the impact of the riots on local businesses.

Campaigning in Sutton

Caroline joined Brian Paddick, Tom Brake MP, Cllr Ruth Dombey and Lord Graham Tope out and about in Sutton on Friday 25th November.

The Lib Dem team met up with local residents and Councillors to campaign against the proposed changes to through trains on the Thameslink lines. This will affect many parts of Sutton and mean local residents will have to change at Blackfriars station to continue their journey northwards to St Pancras, the City and Luton.

The team then visited the fantastic BedZed development and heard about plans for a sustainable Hackbridge as well as looking at the area.

Double by-election in Kingston

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Brian Paddick and Lib Dem Assembly Candidate Shas Sheehan, along with strong campaigner Robin Meltzer out in Coombe Vale ward in Kingston on Friday 25th November.

The team were out campaigning for Kamala Kugan and Rupert Nichol to be the new local councillors for the ward after two of the Conservative members have resigned.

“We had a great team out on the doors and it is clear the area needs strong Lib Dem champions. I have no doubt Kamala and Rupert will be excellent representatives for the area”, commented Caroline.

Out and about in Bromley

Caroline Pidgeon AM was the guest speaker at Orpington Liberal Democrats' AGM on Saturday 19th November.

Caroline discussed the London election campaign and the key issues which the London Assembly group had been working on, such as exposing the Mayor’s record on cycle safety and cutting bus capacity.


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