Where is the plan?

On 23rd March Vince Cable was the keynote speaker at the “Brexit minus 365 conference”. 150 Senior business leaders from a diverse range of businesses attended the conference to discuss the impact of Brexit on their business.

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Cycle Superhighways – saving or endangering lives?

I am a life-long, passionate cyclist. I am 50, I have an old Holland-style bike and use Cycle Superhighway 3 (CS3) on my daily commute from Ravenscourt Park to Cannon Street in the City. Turning onto CS3 in Westminster is a huge relief after the long stretch of dangerous shared roads, notably along Hammersmith Road and Kensington High Street where almost-accidents occur every day. There is no doubt in my mind that segregated cycle paths save lives, encourage more cycling and as a consequence ease traffic congestion and air pollution from motor vehicles. The proposed CS9 along Chiswick High Street, King Street and Hammersmith Road is a big step in the right direction, and a ray of hope for me personally.

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Local housing standards plummet

2016/2017 Saw a worrying increase in Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) council owned properties failing to meet the decent housing standards. From 2015/2016 to 2016/2017 the number of council owned properties failing to meet the standards more than doubled from 422 to 1,095 (9% of council housing stock).

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An Exit from Brexit is not utopia

When Liberal Democrats first suggested that the people of Britain should have the final say on the proposed Brexit deal, once this deal is known, they were derided as fantasists who could not accept the result of a democratic referendum. But the tide is turning.

Here are four reasons why a ‘final Brexit deal’ referendum is not anti-democratic.

 

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H&F recycling rates are one of the worst in the UK

H&F has one of the worst recycle rates in the UK with rates virtually unchanged over the last 5 years at 23.2%. In the “waste action strategy for LBHF, 2017-2020” H&F set a target of increasing the household recycling rate by 2% per annum from the 2015/16 rate of 22% to 30% by 2020. Hardly an ambitious plan given the low base level, yet the council still failed even in the first year to achieve this target, with the recycling rate only increasing by 1.2% in 2016/2017.

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Heathrow - a never-ending story

The overwhelming majority of residents in Hammersmith and Fulham oppose the expansion of Heathrow: a third runway would inevitably lead to more noise and air pollution, regardless of the exact design of the flight path, and regardless of new technologies. Accommodating 250,000 more flights per year to and from an airport in West London will have a direct impact on all people in Hammersmith and Fulham.

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Labour Council is failing to address record levels of fly-tipping

In 3 years fly-tipping has increased by 65% to a record level of nearly 15k incidents. The council has the powers to issue fixed penalties of £200 and can prosecute offenders. Unfortunately it is not using these powers and in 2016/17 issued zero fixed penalties. The failure to enforce this is contributing to the fast-growing number of incidents, an eyesore for the local environment.

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Creative solutions are needed to address the housing crisis in London

Whilst funding restrictions exist councils will need to employ creative solutions to address the housing crisis in H&F

Housing is a subject frequently raised by residents which both the previous Conservative and the current Labour H&F administrations have failed to address. Under the Labour council since 2014 only just over 300 homes have been built.

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Digital tools and open data could be a facilitator for improving local democracy in H&F

“Politicians don’t listen”
“They are all corrupt”
“They don’t care”
“Nothing ever changes”

These are comments you regularly hear whilst talking with residents.

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Crime and CCTV in Sands End

You often hear that Sands End is a “safe place” to live. There is a relatively low crime rate here and most people feel safe to walk alone in South Park or along Wandsworth Bridge road. They should – it is everyone’s right to feel safe where they live. But is this the real picture for Sands End? Sadly not…

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