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I’d be happy to take Sadiq out on my bike commute so he can see what a disaster West London’s roads are for cyclists and drivers alike, travelling through 4 boroughs, seeing what the “Berlin wall” approach to cycling planning is doing to London. This is no way to run a city.
Cycle lane planning should be made obligatory part of all planning strategies. Time and time again I see roadworks and works around new developments with no proper cycling infrastructure. Ref Westfield W12 - shocking absence!
Cycle lanes should be set up initially with temporary markings and “armadillo” road furniture to test out planning and trial solutions for all to use, rather than as permanent, expensive, inflexible concrete solutions. Ref Bayswater Road section around Lancaster Gate - utter chaos with 1 year construction works, and an ineffective solution causing congestion and pollution for cyclists and motorised drivers alike. Gawd knows what it cost, Has anyone from WCC actuallly seen what happens to cyclists along this road now? Total failure of design. Take a look!
A cabbie told me recently that his new cab (diesel) cost £38k; he had wanted to get the new elec/hybrid one, but they cost £45k!
Should be the other way around... Der!
Where is the Mayoral commitment to discouraging polluting vehicles?
The London Mayor needs total control of transport. The health and safety of Londoners is under threat from disjointed politicised individual borough transport strategies, which are often at odds with the mayoral strategy. Furthermore, there is little effective implementation of anything to support safer cycling, despite the rhetoric. London needs a total strategy and londonwide implementation plan to make effective strides, such as:
- consistent London-wide residents parking permit of say £500 (with discounts for essential drivers) to discourage needless car ownership
- effective curbs on gas guzzlers
- proper air pollution monitoring at 1m high (prom level) with results visible on signs on key roads, especially near schools
- better Road signs to discourage parking abuses which cause congestion
- free 5 min parking on ends of side streets near local shopping areas
- more frequent bus services on routes affected
- total effective network of cycle lane and funds to ensure effective enforcement of cycle lane abuse by drivers who park in them, with cooperation from police, revocation of Eric Pickles’ amendment which has to date rendered “cycle lanes” unenforceable
- free bikes for all London school children, training and support for families to encourage more cycling
What does the funding received from the Government for the provision of affordable homes count as if not part of the budget (or am I getting confused with spend? Is this because it's provided for a specific purpose and cannot be directed elsewhere. I would appreciate a fuller picture of all monies within the mayor's control to have a more balanced picture.
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Thank you for planting more trees. I appreciate more focus on improving the air quality - this is a serious issue for our family. Although, another focus would be legislation prohibiting commercial transport vehicles from idling. Step 2 would be an iniative to reduce or eliminate petrol vehicles and more tax breaks for electric vehicles. including, initiatives to encourage truck and car manufacturers to produce more zero emission/electric vehicles. All of these, I believe would creeate a dramatic shift in air quality.
If the Mayor is so short of money that he feels the need to raise council tax why doesnt he cancel all the wage rises and extra staff he has employed at city hall??
Stop spending so much on PR.
Invest that money in pan-London youth and homelessness support services.
Decommision council services and save all that admin costs by having a centralised funding model and delivery system that can use the current council offices as "regional delivery hubs" or something like that.
To help the environment, I think private motor traffic should be much more heavily discouraged. The congestion charge should be widened to the M25, and the cost in the current central area should be increased to £50 per day.
There will allow for more pedestrian friendly roads: widened pavements, safer crossings - partly by more zebra crossings, and reduced speed limits.
You've got to strike a balance between being "open for business" and kicking people with cars from out of London completley. Remember that not everyone lives in an area with good transport links, they need to be improved first. If they wont it'll essentially just become a tax worst felt by the working class that need to travel eg. contracors, community care workers ect
Isn't it about time the Mayor started using his budget more wisely instead of vanity PR projects to try to show him in a better light. Better still - let's have a new Mayor
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City Hall’s budget for marketing and communications supports campaigns that deliver the Mayor’s priorities for London, such as tackling rough sleeping, knife crime prevention and the London is Open campaign, and informs Londoners about issues that affect them. It also funds City Hall’s Public Liaison Unit which handles Londoners’ correspondence with the Mayor, and covers promotion of a wide-range major events in London like Pride, Carnival, celebrations in Trafalgar Square, and the 7/7 commemoration.
Which part of the budget is most important to you?
We hear a lot about measures to improve the environment and cut air pollution. Ok, the Mayor's ULEZ-extension comes into force soon. But it won't make much difference to London's air quality until all the hundreds of dirty diesel buses and black cabs are banned from our roads. So far TfL's take up of zero emission electric vehicles has been exasperatingly slow. All the bus routes in my area are still operated by ageing diesel powered vehices that spray our streets with unhealthy No2 particles.
A complete overhaul of the mayor's office get him out he is not fit for purpose.
I read with interest that the living London wage should be £10.50. As pensioner having paid NI (pension and health) since the age of 16 I am getting £3.88 based on a working week of 36 hours. How is this right and why are we blamed for being a drain on the economy when we and our employers have paid our National Insurance contributions our whole lives. Not our fault successive governments have used the money for other things.
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A few of you have mentioned the Transport for London fare freeze, where the Mayor has pledged to freeze TfL fares until 2020. Will this make a difference to your commute or other journeys around London?
Have any of you used the Hopper fare?
As I said above, the fare freeze makes absolutely no difference to me because it doesn't benefit anyone who uses the bus and tube a lot and hits the daily/weekly caps. In fact it punishes us because TfL have less revenue and they end up cancelling upgrades instead. Freezing the daily and weekly caps (or, better still, reducing them) would encourage people to use the tube a lot more Freezing one-off fares is just an expensive gimmick that TfL cannot afford.
Mayor of London always complains at the lack of government funding, is that because he is labour and government conservative.
How can it ever work with 2 opposite political views ??????
Fares have only been frozen for occasional users. If you use the bus and tube to get to work everyday (as I do) then my fares have risen yet again as the weekly cap has risen so I pay more each week than I did last year and the year before. The fare 'freeze' has had no effect on me and saved me nothing. It is still costing me more.
So, in effect, the Mayor is penalising those of us who use public transport regularly and benefiting those that don't. Surely he should be encouraging people to use public transport regularly but he isn't. I will now look to work from home one day a week (because I am able to) and so pay less than I did last year. This is what a lot of my colleagues have done which may explain some of the reduction in tube use.
Also what is the point of a monthly travelcard when some months are longer than others? There should be 4-weekly travelcards instead and the cost of travelcards should be frozen instead of one-off fares. The Mayor will argue that he cannot set the cost of travelcards but that is what he should be looking to change rather than freezing one-off fares to benefit people who rarely use public transport.
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Spend more on the environment and clean air, and more police officers to tackle violent crime but what about youth workers and better provision to keep kids off the streets? Adult education provision is good especially ESOL , Preserve libraries! I agree that the present borough system is not working well - it is a postcode lottery what services you receive!
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Trees play an important role to help clean London’s air. The Mayor has committed £5m across this term to support tree planting and new woodlands.
Which parts of London would you like to see more green space or trees? Where do you go for these now?
I was most surprised at where the money comes from. I think the GLA should be able to set more taxes, such as business and council tax rates. But what I didn't understand was that if the GLA had 850 mGBP less after the central government cut its contribution to policing, where thhe GLA got the money from to not take those officers off the streets. Who lost out here? Who's budget had to be cut to keep those bobbies on the beat?
Much of City Hall’s budget comes from a proportion of your council tax – the GLA precept pays for services like policing and the fire brigade. For 2019/20, the Mayor is proposing £320.51 a year for the average band D household, an increase of £26.28. This will help fund new police officers, new equipment and technology, and specialist investigators for gang violence. What do you think of this? How do you feel about paying a little more over the year to help fill the gap in central government funding for London’s policing?
I would like the mayor to visit Enfield Town or to stop at Bush Hill Park Overground station (the poor side by Sainsbury's). At the station he will be welcomed by people that suffer from mental issues, sit on the pavements, smoke, drink, spit (when in Enfield spitting on street is a £80.00 fine) at any time of the day and night. These people have been moved here few years back and brought a bad reputation to the area. The locals had enough but the council is doing nothing about it. There is no police to stop them from what they are doing. Also the mayor will be impressed with the rabish on streets and broken pavements that are a health hazard to the locals and their children This used to be a lovely place and now all the drug dealers are doing their business relaxed, as there is no one to stop them. I dont see where my council tax money is invested, as I have to clean the street outside my front door everyday from rubbish, spit, human waste and that cost me extra money. How can I ever get my money back for the expenses and the work that I do in council's behalf? How can the council do nothing about this area? My moan is because we deserve better and where I live is in London Borough of Enfield.
It is very ambitious budget I hope it will be useful for the Londoners
I think the young Londoners have to participate to improve the city life,but the people are very depressed paying very expensive living in London & that desmotivates them to get involved in things that matter
Such as housing benifit or #keepCityClean
I am 70 years old I still work full time, I was brought up on a council estate in Peckham and have worked on one for over 30 years. I have never felt so sad for London - so much poverty, homelessness, violence, lack of affordable housing, lack of access to all services.
Mr Khan you are not representing ordinary Londoners - the privileged maybe but not the rest of us.
Very true and so sad. I work in housing estates and I see tragedy every day due to failure in public services. I come home at night completely exhausted and cry myself to sleep.
This affordable rent is not that affordable for some it is height for those on low income and those that work part time and those who may never in a life that can ever afford a their own home specially when your a single person. It’s also very hard for when your in affordable social housing association to swap home because the rent is too high I am a person that will never have my own home.
I think the TFL fares have not been frozen. That's a lie. Zone 1-4 just went up by £6 per month... it was £188 and not it's 194. Bus pass had an increase as well. Hilarious especially at summer time when it's boiling on the tube, boiling on the bus plus, the whole tube system is rubbish. Just check your nose when you blow out after a journy and you'll see how much dust went just under 15-20 mins travelling by underground.
Also, where are the bloody public toilets? I don't see any of them! Why did you remove them? Shall I pee on the wall? What if someone - like me - has an IBS? You just made my life much harder.
Also, I don't see enough police officers on the road walking or by car.
Yep, only froze single fares not travelcards. Great for tourists and daytrippers, not so good for those of us who live and work in London and actually vote for the Mayor of London!
Public loos were closed by councils during Thatcher's period of government when she abolished the GLC and squeezed local government funding as hard as possible to prevent Labour authorities doing anything to counter her policies. Public loos are outside the control of the Greater London Authority that the Major is responsible for.
You don't see enough police officers because there are not enough police officers. The latest Tory government lead by Cameron with May as Home Secretary and then Prime Minister cut funding for the Met Police and thousands of police posts were lost as a result.
In 1971 when I first travelled on the Northern Line if you blew you nose after only a few stops the result was black. Some of the tube system dates back 150 years so it is not all state of the art for sure. It was neglected badly in the period after the GLC was abolished and before the GLA was formed to replace it. But it is better now than in 1971....