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Gearing Up for a safe cycling city

A report from the London Assembly Transport Committee, which is chaired by Caroline, warns that the number of cycling injuries on London’s roads has risen by 50 per cent since 2006 and recommends doubling funding for cycling and targets for the number of journeys made by bike.

Gearing Up calls on the Mayor to respond to falling cycle safety by prioritising ways to encourage more people on to bikes and reduce serious cycling incidents on London’s roads.

The Assembly’s recommendations to the Mayor, Transport for London (TfL) and the Government include:

Fighting for jobs and small businesses in Earl's Court

Chris Underwood's Shepherd's Bush blog reports on Caroline Pidgeon's letter to Business Secretary Vince Cable, calling on him to urgently review the planning application which Hammersmith & Fulham Council have approved for the redevelopment of Earl's Court - demolishing the exhibition centre which is a key facility to promote British businesses.

You can read the full article here

Pride should return to its full size

Speaking to the Mayorwatch website about the Mayor's plans for a five-year sponsorship deal to manage London's annual Pride celebrations, Caroline Pidgeon said:
"Although there is no extra funding a five-year sponsorship deal could be a good idea if it provides some long term security to the organisers.‬‪

‬”What is absolutely clear is that we need to learn lessons from this year’s scaled back event. It is vital that it returns to a celebration event of the size and significance that it has enjoyed in previous years."

Mayor should fight for fairness for GCSE students

Assembly Members today called on the Mayor of London to make urgent representations to Education Secretary Michael Gove on behalf of students whose GCSE grades were affected by changes to grade boundaries this summer.

The changes meant pupils assessed in June needed more marks to achieve a C grade than those assessed in January, resulting in many seeing their chances of continuing in further education unexpectedly cut short.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, who seconded the motion, said:

Local authorities need to keep their planning powers

The whole of the London Assembly today called on the Mayor to oppose government plans to significantly extend permitted development rights and reject changes to planning rules that would impact on levels of affordable housing.

As part of a recent range of measures aimed at boosting house building, jobs and the economy, the Government has proposed a three-year relaxation of permitted development rules and the renegotiation of existing planning obligation.

TfL's new Remembrance Day approach is a brilliant initiative

Discussing TfL's plans to give special liveries to tubes and buses for Remembrance Day, and to run full services in the Westminster area to allow people to reach the Cenotaph ceremony, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"This is a brilliant initiative by TfL, which I totally support.

"In complete contrast to previous years London Transport will be playing a key role in ensuring Londoners and visitors to the capital are helped to remember the huge sacrifice made by so many veterans over the years."

Driverless Tube train development must consider passengers' views

At today’s meeting of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Mike Brown, TfL's managing director for trains and the Tube, said that driverless trains will not run on London’s Tube network until 2020 at the earliest.

Time for the Mayor to give evidence

After the publication of Boris Johnson's diary revealed the depths of his links with News International, Caroline Pidgeon told the Observer:

It is time for Johnson to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry investigating the role of the press, police and politicians in the phone-hacking scandal.

You can read the full story here.

Mayor’s estuary airport obsession is not helping the aviation debate

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s response to the Government’s Draft Aviation Policy Framework, said:

“Boris Johnson is certainly right to so strongly oppose a third Heathrow runway. Its impact would be devastating for so many Londoners.

Visit to the National Assembly for Wales

Caroline Pidgeon and her colleague Stephen Knight recently caught up with their colleagues from the National Assembly for Wales. The day-long visit to Cardiff involved finding out how the National Assembly for Wales operates, as well as sharing of best practice between London and Cardiff.

Left to right in photo: Stephen Knight (London Assembly Member), Eluned Parrott (Welsh Assembly Member), Peter Black (Welsh Assembly Member), Kirsty Williams (Leader of the Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly Group), Caroline Pidgeon (Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group), William Powell (Welsh Assembly Member)


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