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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Smart investments for a safer, greener borough

On 21 February, H&F Council decided to freeze council tax at its current level, the third lowest in the country. While this is welcome in principle, the longer term implications of this decision should not be overlooked. Since 2006, tax has fallen in real terms while council budgets have been cut by over 50%. It is true that the Labour-led Council has been able to recoup some of the money wasted by previous Tory councillors on failed property development projects. However, with rising inflation and the loss of foreign investment in our Brexit economy, it is simply impossible for any council to sustain an acceptable level of public services with half the previous budget.

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Violent crime increases by 60% in H&F over the last 4 years

Since 2010, the Met has had funding cuts of £600m. Under Tory plans, a further £400m will be cut in the coming years.

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The parking meter fiasco a symptom of the council’s failure to adopt new technologies

The Tories accuse the Labour-run council of “serial incompetence” for failing to update the parking meters to accept the new pound coins. This slanging match merely highlights that Tory and Labour are stuck in the past. 

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H&F Conservative blocking TfL £20m investment to improve cycle infrastructure in Hammersmith

TFL’s proposed route for Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) route is between Kensington Olympia, linking Hammersmith and Chiswick town centers.  The health and environmental benefits of improving cycle infrastructure are well known, the potential economic benefits less so.

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Letter to EU citizens by Irina Von Wiese, Ravenscourt Park

Dear fellow EU Citizen,

Theresa May’s government is using EU citizens as a bargaining chip in her increasingly arduous Brexit negotiations. This month, plans were leaked which would allow only the wealthiest EU citizens to come to Britain, on a two year work permit. If, like me, you have lived in the UK for a long time, love this country and want to become a UK citizen, you have to be prepared to pay at least £1,400 while the government alienates its neighbours and drives Britain into political and economic isolation.

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