After over 10 years of inaction the problem of ‘rat-running’ on Fishponds Road and Broadwater Road a potential solution finally looks set to be implemented.
Local resident and Liberal Democrat focus team leader, Jon Irwin, petitioned for support to conduct a trial to prevent rat-running (non-residential vehicles using side roads to beat the traffic) in 2012.
The petition gained 243 signatures, and was presented to council in June last year. Almost one year later, the petition has gone through committee and looks likely to happen.
The trial approach has the support of both Wandsworth Living Streets and Wandsworth Cycling Campaign, as well as a lot of local residents.
Commenting, Jon said:
“Almost everyone agrees on what the problem is, the difficulty has been getting consensus on a potential solution. I believe the plan we have proposed will work. What is important now is that we get it right, that is why we have pushed for a pilot project so that we can fix and unforeseen problems and ensure money is spent responsibly.”
In the last year, over 2,300 extra apprenticeships have been created by the Lib Dems in Wandsworth.
Jon Irwin said, “Despite the terrible mess left by Labour, Lib Dems have been working hard to build a stronger economy and create new jobs and opportunities.
Thanks to the work of Lib Dem Business Secretary, Vince Cable, we have already created 1 million new private sector jobs and 1.2 million apprenticeships since we came into Government.
But we know there’s much more to do to rebuild our economy. That’s why we are launching our million jobs for a stronger economy campaign, starting with plans to double the number of businesses with apprentices to help get young people into work.”
To support our campaign, please visit the campaign website at: www.amillionjobs.org
Local Lib Dem Campaigners are working to make it harder for urban foxes getting at bin and recycling bags.
Residents in Tooting have complained that the Council’s policy of asking people to leave their bags of rubbish on the street the night before collection makes it all too easy for foxes to get at rubbish.
Lib Dems have put pressure on the council to take action and have written to the Council calling on them to investigate whether providing residents with wheelie bins would make it harder for foxes.
“People are tired of waking up on bin collection day to see their bags torn apart and rubbish all over the street thanks to foxes. We believe giving residents proper wheelie bins could put a stop to the problem. It’s time the council took action.”
Nearly 3000 Tooting households now pay no income tax at all – thanks to Lib Dems in Government.
Income tax payers are getting a £700 income tax cut, as Lib Dems have raised the “tax free” allowance in income tax to £10,000.
“We promised an income tax cut for hard working people and have now made this happen in government.” Local Campaigner David Patterson