Leyton’s Liberal Democrat councillors have called for Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson and Conservative councillors on the London Fire Emergency and Planning authority (LFEPA) to reverse a proposal to permanently remove a fire engine from Leyton Fire Station.
The cuts threat was made by LFEPA’s Conservative chairman earlier this week when he called for the Fire Brigade to look at saving money by making permanent the temporary reductions in fire cover during the recent strikes. It could see 27 of London’s 169 fire engines scrapped and around 500 fire fighter jobs lost. The proposal was backed by Conservative members of the authority.
Local Leyton Lib Dem councillor Winnie Smith said: “It is shocking that the Conservatives are now looking at permanent cuts to the number of fire engines protecting Leyton residents. This inevitably raises questions about the time it takes for engines to get to fires and accidents and about cover if the remaining engine is unavailable. Like all public services London Fire Brigade needs to save money, but Mayor Boris Johnson has promised that there will be no cuts in frontline fire services and he must honour that promise.
“Waltham Forest Lib Dems have also expressed concern about the removal of a fire engine from Chingford Fire Station.
HURRY – two day left to give your views on City Airport expansion plans
Are you affected by flights from London City Airport? Many Leyton and Leytonstone residents have told the Liberal Democrat Focus Team that they have noticed a difference in the number of noisy flights passing overhead. The flight paths from the airport were changed last year to direct more planes over our area.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Bob Sullivan and the Leyton FOCUS Team are reminding local residents that there are just two days left to complete the London Assembly’s survey into the environmental impacts of the expansion of London City airport. The survey won’t take long to complete but will help ensure that local people’s voices are heard by the London Assembly and Mayor of London.
You can fill in the survey here:
The survey will close on September 30.
Click here (www.london.gov.uk/city-airport) for more information about the investigation into London City Airport being carried out by Lib Dem Assembly member Mike Tuffrey (www.tuffrey.com) and other members of the London Assembly Environment Committee.
Councillor Bob Sullivan urges all users of this playing field to join the campaign to save it from becoming an Olympic Holding Area, which will mean it will be closed to the public from September 2011 until the end of December 2012.
Who knows what will happen then!
Please sign our on-line petition at:
Beaumont Estate may be given the bird!
Many residents of the Beaumont Estate are complaining about the roosting pigeons that mess up their balconies and windows.
Councillor Bob Sullivan has been told that L & Q is looking into getting a hawk to patrol the estate.
Lea Hall Gardens
The proposed redevelopment of Lea Hall Gardens by L & Q is awaiting the Government spending review in the autumn.
The Housing Association that now owns the derelict Outlook building in Leyton High Road on the corner with Grange Park Road has now received funding to develop the site. They hope to start in the next two months.
Focus says: At last we may see the end of this eyesote that dominates our High Road.
Liberal Democrat councillors are pressing the Government to provide money for new school buildings for our local children.
“Anyone who has visited schools such as George Mitchell and Buxton (formerly Tom Hood) knows how much new buildings are needed. We owe it to the children of our borough to do all we can to provide them with the high quality education they deserve. This includes making sure that they can learn in decent surroundings,” said Liberal Democrat Group Leader Bob Sullivan.
The Liberal Democrat group is hugely disappointed that the cancellation of Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has hit local schools so badly. It is an enormous shame, but if Labour had made faster progress with the BSF schemes since 2003 we would not now be in the situation where more Waltham Forest schools have been stopped compared with other boroughs. However Lib Dem councillors believe the important thing is what happens next.
Councillor Winnie Smith says: “BSF was a cumbersome, bureaucratic and expensive way of funding school buildings which funnelled money into the pockets of consultants and private contractors. The government has pledged to continue to invest in school buildings and the Liberal Democrats will be at the forefront of the campaign to make sure that Waltham Forest schools get their fair share of this spending.”