Siân Berry: How are you working with refugee community organisations and others with lived experience to inform your policy and support for refugees in London?
Siân Berry: On 24 March 2021, the Government published its New Plan for Immigration. What response have you made to it and what work are you doing to mitigate against some of its proposals, such as the new ‘temporary protection status’ that refugee organisations are concerned will create a new group of insecure refugees, with limited leave, who would not be able to plan for their futures or reduce...
Siân Berry: In its June 2021 progress report and recommendations to Parliament, the Climate Change Committee has added a new recommendation to the Department for Transport, saying: “Decisions on investment in roads should be contingent on analysis justifying how they contribute to the UK’s pathway to Net Zero. This analysis should demonstrate that the proposals would not lead to increases in overall...
Siân Berry: How are you going to involve Londoners from the ground up in making a new strategy for small sites in London?
Siân Berry: Thank you very much, Mr Mayor. You have laid out there some good things you are doing, particularly in relation to individual sites. Now, I want to focus today on the borough by borough targets for small sites in the London Plan and how I do not think it is achievable without having a London-wide strategy, a project from you to support the boroughs. I think you have made it clear that you...
Siân Berry: It provides a method for boroughs to help find the quantum, the number of sites that we are looking for, and to find that in the right way, in a bottomâup way.
Siân Berry: If I can clarify a bit more maybe, I am aware of two boroughs whose small sites estimates proved more robust as they did full surveys of their borough and their land, but even these were very topâdown exercises, and I worry that we are starting to see that already with some of the small sites coming forwards. For example, residents in Kilburn Square were quite shocked when Brent Council...
Siân Berry: I will very much look forward to that meeting. The last time the two of us had a meeting was in 2019 so I think it is time we talked again, and I think I could convince you of this.
Siân Berry: It definitely is. Thank you very much, we will speak again.
Siân Berry: Thank you for your answer to my question 2021/1467. Will you consider including support for active travel, such as by including cycle hire charges in fare caps, within your plans for dynamic fare?
Siân Berry: The Transport for London (TfL) funding deal requires you to review bus services by 19 July 2021. Cutting bus services before we have data from term-time demand risks services Londoners have avoided due to Government advice being wrongly removed. Will you press Government to let you pause this review until there is better data on bus demand in the autumn?
Siân Berry: The Ernst and Young audit of the Silvertown Road Tunnel says that an average of 91,000 daily trips use the Blackwall Tunnel. Would any increase in traffic above this level be considered by you to be a worsening of traffic conditions as defined by schedule 2 of The Silvertown Tunnel Order 2018?
Siân Berry: The campaign organisation Transport for All has had to write to Westminster Council complaining that newly licensed outdoor dining areas on streets have blocked access to people using wheelchairs and made them difficult for others to use safely. What guidance has Transport for London (TfL) provided to ensure that much-needed outdoor space for London’s bars and restaurants actually improves...
Siân Berry: The Secretary of State for Transport, speaking before the House of Commons Transport Select Committee on 3 February 2021, stated that: “we want 50 per cent of all journeys in towns and cities to be cycled or walked by 2030.” What progress has London made towards this target, and do you have the right investment available to reach it?
Siân Berry: Will Transport for London (TfL) review their advice to Londoners to help ensure that those who hire vehicles such as buses for publicity activity, are fully aware of the charges heavily polluting vehicles will incur?
Siân Berry: I understand that a number of schemes funded under your Streetspace programme have been removed. Could you list which schemes have been, or are being, removed, including: a) the name of the scheme, b) details of its location, c) the amount of funding allocated, d) whether it is a borough or TfL scheme, and e) the date of removal?
Siân Berry: In your answer to question 2020/2626 you said that Transport for London (TfL) had transferred a significant proportion of construction risk to Riverlinx. Could you confirm what proportion or level of construction risk TfL considers itself to hold, where this is recorded in any public papers, if any, and what provision TfL is making for this risk?
Siân Berry: Constituents have raised concerns with me that the lifts at the Greenwich Foot Tunnel are now unreliable, with the north lift currently out of service. This leaves people walking and cycling with stairs to climb to exit the tunnel, often whilst carrying bicycles or buggies. Will you invest in improved access at this and other existing crossings now that both your proposed Rotherhithe bridge...
Siân Berry: We were expecting an older person’s action plan this year, but the draft has not yet been published because of delays caused by the coronavirus crisis. Could you tell me when you expect it will be published?
Siân Berry: EU migrants are at particular risk of homelessness already and face new problems as Brexit progresses. Will you create a new team within the homelessness service at City Hall focused specifically on reaching and supporting them?