During the Covid-19 pandemic many of our members have expressed their concerns about the plight of our schools and the experience of children growing up in our current education system. This has been further highlighted by the debate about vulnerable children still needing free school meals and the additional pressure on our valued teaching staff. One of our members has summarised her thoughts in the following letter:
The residents of Eland Road in SW11 have witnessed road rage and cars blocking each other on their street in Battersea. A WhatsApp Group has been exchanging photos and messages about the use of Eland Road as a rat run since Spring/Summer 2020.
The lack of quarantining travellers arriving in the UK was a disgrace and one that has caused the virus that initially arrived into the UK to continue to increase the rising figures for covid infections – why has the UK government only just enforced travellers to quarantine and to have negative tests before they board a plane ?
LAVENDER HILL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
Battersea Lib Dems welcome the proposed changes in the layout of Lavender Hill’s junction with Elspeth Road, being led by Transport for London. Local residents and businesses have been alerted to details of how this busy junction will be reconfigured, involving safer routings for cyclists and pedestrians, and clearer lane markings for drivers. The number of conflicting movements will be reduced by banning the turn for drivers between the eastern arm of Lavender Hill and Elspeth Road – but decent alternative routes are available further east.
Today the Liberal Democrats will be voting against the EU (Future Relationship) Bill because it is a bad deal and will make people’s lives poorer. The Liberal Democrats have also tabled a number of amendments that demand the Government protect British businesses, the rights of UK nationals and ensure Parliament has proper scrutiny over the future relationship agreement.
An affront to our democracy
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Putney, Southfields and Roehampton, Sue Wixley, said:
"It is right that the Liberal Democrats will be voting against a deal which will be bad for people, jobs, security and our environment. For the Government to limit debate and scrutiny on the deal to just a few hours is an insult to our democracy. Given the risk to business and rights of UK nationals, Parliament must be in the driving seat.
I welcome the fact that Fleur Anderson MP has sought the views of local people and I hope that she listens to their concerns about Boris Johnson's threadbare EU deal. Like me, many of my neighbours across the constituency, urge Ms Anderson to stand by her election promises. Ms Anderson was elected on an anti-Brexit platform just a year ago. So I can’t see how she can, in good faith, vote for a Brexit deal that will make all of our lives poorer and harm local businesses and institutions.
After this terrible year, I want to see our country come together again to repair our economy, restore our communities and finally bring certainty to businesses. But the deal makes this more difficult. That is why our Member of Parliament should act in the interests of the nation and her constituents and vote against the deal."
Adjustment period for businesses
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a grace period of three months to ease the pain for businesses and enable the UK to repair its relationship with its most important international partner.
Living close to the Lower Richmond Road in Thamesfield Ward and its approach to Putney Bridge, it has become increasingly evident that since Hammersmith Bridge was closed, to both vehicles and more recently pedestrians and bicycles, that there has been a substantial increase in the volume of traffic.
Early September the team were out and about in Tooting getting a resident's survey about the changes to local streets delivered to residents. We've had lots of feedback. We thought we'd share some of that with you.
School streets have been rolled out this term, but concerns are mounting about how sustainable the council's approach is.
As the clocks go back, and particularly with all the street changes that we have seen recently, it is so important that those of us who are driving in and around Tooting take extra care.
The principle at heart of the recent reconfiguration of residential streets - minimising motor traffic where people live – is clearly an attractive one, Battersea Lib Dems believe, and the opportunities to enhance local communities are exciting.
However, given the significance for local people, Battersea Lib Dems are stressing that it is essential to ensure transparent communication and comprehensive consultation before implementing final changes. The introduction of recent trial schemes with poor communication and uncertainty about consultation provokes fear that they will be allowed to become permanent through resigned acceptance from all those who may be disadvantaged by it.