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Crossrail must be 100% accessible

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaking ahead of the first year anniversary of the 2012 Paralympic Games and the Day of Action to highlight the situation that seven of the train stations (including four in London) will not be fully accessible to disabled people and older people, said:

"It is bad enough that so much of London Underground is still inaccessible, largely due to a legacy of poor planning and neglect of the needs of disabled people over the last 150 years.

It is time the Mayor learnt that you can’t please all road users, all the time

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s Roads Task Force report which has been published today, said:

“In an attempt to please everyone this report contains a rag bag of ideas. Some of the ideas are very good, but there are some ideas that are outdated, impractical and harmful for London’s environment.

Schools Minister David Laws MP visits East Dulwich to discuss school places

Southwark Liberal Democrats’ campaign for new schools in the borough was given a boost this week with a visit from the Minister for Schools, David Laws MP.

The Liberal Democrat minister met parents and local councillors in East Dulwich to discuss the shortage of school places in Southwark and what the Government is doing to support new schools.

Protecting transport investment will help keep London growing and moving

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s Comprehensive Spending Review’s announcement relating to future investment by Transport for London, said:

“The big picture is that vital investment in transport in London has been protected. Tube upgrades and other much needed investment projects can now continue right through to the end of this decade. TfL’s six-year funding investment settlement will help ensure that London keeps growing and moving.

Tackling violence against women

Caroline was delighted to attend the recent British United Indian Liberal Democrats (BUILD) event at the National Liberal Club where the important subject of Violence Against Women was discussed.

The event had a distinguished panel of speakers and was organised by Anuja Prashar and her committee at BUILD.

A safer London is well worth paying for

The loss of 12 fire stations and 18 fire engines is totally unacceptable, claim the Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly.

In a formal response to the London Fire Brigade’s consultation on the draft London Safety Plan they repeat their opposition to the loss of fire stations and engines across London, highlighting how it will lead to increased responses times for many Londoners.

£160,000 wasted on the Mayor's self-promotion

The BBC reports on the Mayor's plan to spend £160,000... "to find out why many people do not know what he does"!

Caroline Pidgeon told the BBC:
"The Mayor of London already has a large press office and Transport for London devote huge resources to promoting him as well.

"It beggars belief that anyone seriously thinks additional public money should be spent on promoting the Mayor or defending his policies.

"This appears to have more to do with the Mayor's wider national ambitions than what is proper for London taxpayers."

£500,000 extra New Year's Eve bill for taxpayers revealed

Commenting on the emerging news that the Mayor approved an additional £500k of public money to fund the New Year's Eve fireworks after the withdrawal of a sponsor, Lib Dem London Assembly leader Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Mayor needs to explain why he initially signed a decision which allowed a contractor who secured a public contract to turn around at the eleventh hour and demand £500,000 more.

“The Mayor also needs to explain why these appalling decisions have been kept secret from Londoners for so long.”

Mayor must do more to tackle Air Pollution

Earlier this week Caroline met with Cllr Graham Neale and local residents off Old Kent Road to discuss the impact which motor traffic is having on local air quality.

Despite a growing body of evidence suggesting that spending long periods of time in close proximity to busy roads can cause or exacerbate childhood asthma and lead to permanently reduced lung function, the Mayor has been reluctant to publish smog alerts during recent air pollution episodes.

Mayor's police plans are a return to the bad old days of policing

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan said:

“These proposals are a return to the bad old days of policing.

“The Mayor is planning to decimate dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Teams and return to ‘sector’ policing which failed so many communities across London.

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