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Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs is calling on local residents to help identify dangerous junctions and streets in Tower Hamlets as part of Road Safety Week. The campaign, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, starts today (Monday) and aims to raise awareness and increase safety on local roads for people on foot and bicycle.

This year’s Road Safety Week focuses on Brake’s GO 20 campaign encouraging drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. In 2009, a London Assembly Transport Committee investigation found that in areas where 20 mph has been introduced in London there has been a 42 per cent reduction in casualties. 

Transport for London (TfL) recently invited comments for a new Road Safety Action Plan for the capital and John Biggs AM has backed the submission by the charity Living Streets, which focuses on road safety for pedestrians. 

Biggs is asking for local residents to get in touch to let him know which local junctions they feel are particularly unsafe. Comments should be sent to john.biggs@london.gov.uk or write to John Biggs AM, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA.

John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said:

“I fully support the GO 20 campaign to slow traffic down on our streets. A 20 mph limit offers the potential to increase levels of walking and cycling. I would like to hear from residents about where in Tower Hamlets could benefit from 20mph limits, where there are dangerous blackspots and where crossings need to be made safer.

“At a time when the Mayor has cut the road safety budget by £36m a year compared with 2008, it is more important than ever to slow down traffic in residential areas and make all of our dangerous junctions and streets safe for people on foot and bicycle.” 

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said:

“Everyone in London should be able to walk and cycle without fear or threat, and GO 20 is about bringing that about. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and neighbourhoods safe places we can use and enjoy.

“Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops: you’ll be helping to protect people, and you’ll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We’re also calling on the government and more London boroughs to recognise the benefits of 20mph limits, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20.”

Call to identify dangerous junctions and streets in Tower Hamlets for Road Safety Week

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs is calling on local residents to help identify dangerous junctions and streets in Tower Hamlets as part of Road Safety Week. The campaign, coordinated...

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs last week voted to call on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to rethink his approach to tall buildings on London’s skyline after it was revealed London has 236 new skyscrapers in the development pipeline.

Research highlighted by the London Assembly Member John Biggs found that over 230 buildings of 20 stories or more are in the pipeline for development, radically altering the shape of the capital’s skyline without meeting London’s housing need. Of the 230, 189 are residential, but primarily luxury flats with relatively small numbers of affordable housing meaning they will make little contribution to solving the housing crisis.

Whilst recognising there is a place for skyscrapers in the capital Biggs argues that further luxury penthouses do little to address the needs of ordinary Londoners and threatens the historic London skyline. John Biggs was joined by Assembly Members from all parties in unanimously supporting a motion calling on the Mayor to adopt new policies to protect London’s skyline. The motion also called for the Mayor to establish a Skyline Commission made up of design experts from a variety of fields to offer advice on commissioning and carry out design reviews.

John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London, said:

“There are parts of East London where there is scope for tall residential buildings, such as Stratford and the Isle of Dogs, although even here there are additional pressures, particularly on the Isle of Dogs, on local services – schools, doctors, transport, open space – which are causing concerns. But the Mayor is making a mockery of his planning policies when he continues to wave through proposals for skyscrapers all over London, and which do little to help people looking for an affordable place to live. Under Boris Johnson, London is fast becoming a high-rise playground for the super-rich leaving more and more Londoners priced out of the market. 

“Tall buildings have their place, but they must respect the existing character of the local area and meet a genuine need. That’s why I am calling on the Mayor to rethink his gung-ho approach to skyscrapers in the capital.”

John Biggs calls on Boris to protect London’s skyline

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Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs has warned of a further round of impending police cuts after the Mayor of London refused to rule out closing police contact points. The contact points were introduced after Boris Johnson closed three police stations in Tower Hamlets last year and cut neighbourhood policing teams from six dedicated officers per ward to just two.

When asked recently by Joanne McCartney AM whether the Mayor was planning on cutting the new contact points, Boris Johnson repeatedly refused to answer stating only that “I’m afraid I can’t give you the answer”. The Mayor did however add that “some contact points work better than others” and he was reviewing their use.

The Mayor’s comments follow recent indications from the Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh that local neighbourhood policing teams may also face further cuts. When asked at the latest Police and Crime Committee about the cuts to police teams Greenhalgh questioned whether “the absolute commitment of one police constable and one police community support officer for all wards appropriate?”

John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London, said:

“When the Mayor closed three London police stations in Tower Hamlets, reducing them to Contact Points, last year there was real concern that there were further cuts to come. Boris Johnson’s comments make that look significantly more likely.

“According to the latest figures, since the current Government came to power in 2010 Tower Hamlets has lost 234 police officers and PCSOs. Now Boris Johnson looks set to make further cuts to the police contact points people now rely on to report crime. The Mayor’s policing cuts are already having a real impact with less officers on our streets and fewer police stations to report crimes at. Further cuts and closures would push the police service to breaking point.”

Boris Johnson refuses to rule out further policing cuts in Tower Hamlets

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs has warned of a further round of impending police cuts after the Mayor of London refused to rule out closing police contact points. The...

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