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.
Wandsworth’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTNs) schemes have been cancelled just two weeks into their six month trial.
Listening to residents we know that this scheme has divided opinion. For this scheme to be a success the Wandsworth Liberal Democrats believe much more should have been done by the Council to work with residents before implementing the scheme.
Tooting Lib Dems have welcomed pandemic-induced long-sought changes to the A24 between Balham and Colliers Wood.
Tooting Lib Dems have successfully persuaded Wandsworth Council to help people using wheeled mobility aids to adjust bumps designed to slow down cyclists on Tooting Common.
A long-running Lib Dem campaign to pedestrianise part of Bedford Hill has borne fruit—temporarily.
Lib Dems in Wandsworth slam Govt’s planning proposals
The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservative Government’s plans to reform the planning system, arguing that proposed changes will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis in Wandsworth.
The Liberal Democrats believe the Conservatives’ proposals will not help those who are stuck on waiting lists and express concern that zoning plans risk “leaving whole areas behind”.
Instead, the Party is calling for “an urgent house building programme”, with proposals to build 100,000 social homes for rent every year.
Sue Wixley, the Liberal Democrat's London Assembly Candidate for Merton & Wandsworth said:
"Across Wandsworth, 6,399 families are stuck on the housing waiting list. This is unacceptable.
“With councils across the country approving nine out of ten planning applications, it is obvious that reforming planning laws will not help people on waiting lists or struggling to afford a home in Wandsworth.
“The Liberal Democrats want to see 100,000 new social homes built every year, and for Wandsworth Council to have the power to suspend the right to buy, so that we can finally start tackling the housing crisis across Battersea, Tooting and Putney."
Local Lib Dems are urging the council to take robust action to stop people from trashing Wandsworth Common during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tooting Lib Dems have welcomed the council decision to stop through traffic on Oakmead and Ravenstone Street near the junction with Bedford Hill.
Local Lib Dems have raised concerns that overcrowding has caused Wandsworth Prison to become a hotbed for coronavirus cases. Their statement followed new government figures last month which revealed that 873 prison staff in England and Wales have tested positive for Covid-19.
Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to secure an extension of the transition period as a priority.
"It is clear that there has not been enough progress made on the trade talks with the EU and, with the extension deadline on 30 June, time is running out," said Sue Wixley the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Putney, Southfields and Roehampton.
“We know the UK left the EU at the end of January, so this isn’t about rehashing old arguments. Instead, it’s about a facing the stark reality of fighting a pandemic. To crash us out at a time when our NHS, economy and food supply chains are already stretched would be unthinkable," said Wixley.