Joanne McCartney: Further to my MQ 2019/0405 and subsequent meeting with TfL officers what progress has been made in ensuring all TfL toilets are free to use? I note that during the pandemic those TfL toilets that still required a charge were to be made free, if possible, to reduce the need for cash handling. Have charges now been scrapped at all TfL facilities and will these changes be made permanent?
Joanne McCartney: Further to my Mayor’s Question 2018/1631 when you stated that the Metropolitan Police Service were undertaking two pilots of deferred prosecutions, what were the results of the pilots and will there be a continuation of deferred prosecutions?
Joanne McCartney: There is a backlog of criminal cases awaiting a court date, made worse by difficulties during the pandemic. What has this meant for (1) victims of crime in London, (2) the availability of witnesses and (3) defendants? What representations have you made for proper investment in our criminal justice system and for trial dates to be speeded up?
Joanne McCartney: The economic figures in the Chancellor’s comprehensive spending review made for very bleak reading, just before Christmas and with further disruption possible depending on a Brexit deal. Do the Government’s plans come anywhere near meeting the support needed by London’s businesses and Londoners, considering the scale of the economic crisis we are all facing, over the coming months and years?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. I agree with you entirely. One of the things that surprised me was that even though no deal has been done with the EU and Brexit negotiations are going down to the wire, there was no reference to Brexit in the [Comprehensive] Spending Review at all. Even the Office for Budget Responsibility has said that a no-deal Brexit will hit London hard and increase prices by 1.5%...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you. In your initial answer, you spoke about the levelling-up agenda, but it does seem that the Government is actually seeking to do that by levelling down London. As you quite rightly said, the Government did not allocate London its fair share of shovel-ready projects during the summer. For example, I am very keen that the Piccadilly line in my constituency gets its signalling upgrade,...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. Thank you, Chair.
Joanne McCartney: My constituents who are leaseholders and residents living in ‘The Pavillions’ (Crane Heights, Merlin Heights, Egret Heights, Kingfisher Heights, Lapwing Heights and Eagle Heights) in Tottenham, N17 have raised concerns regarding delays by the Government’s Building Safety Fund (BSF). Although an application was made on time to the BSF their freeholder, Lee Valley Estates, and Managing...
Joanne McCartney: Will platform space at Liverpool Street be allocated to allow extra services on the Enfield Town/Cheshunt London Overground service?
Joanne McCartney: What plans are there to re-allocate platform space at Liverpool Street once Crossrail has opened?
Joanne McCartney: London’s bus red routes are trialling 24 hour operation. Has this affected patient transport ambulances/vehicles, and has this resulted in patients missing hospital appointments due to longer journey times?
Joanne McCartney: There is growing concern locally in Edmonton about North London Waste Authority’s plans for Edmonton Eco-Park, in particular the new incinerator. Planning approval was given by the Secretary of State, supported by your predecessor. Would you ask the Government, given their now stated commitment to tackle the climate crisis and reduce carbon emissions, to review this planning approval?
Joanne McCartney: What plans do you have to ensure that London plays a leading role in Europe following Brexit?
Joanne McCartney: There is regular water pooling, presumably due to poor drainage, along Tottenham High Road affecting bus lanes and pedestrians who have difficulty crossing the road – residents have complained on numerous occasions - can this please be fully investigated and finally resolved?
Joanne McCartney: Do you agree that we are likely to face ‘a perfect storm of awfulness’ in London unless Government rethinks its support for the most vulnerable?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. We know from figures recently out that it is communities such as those in my constituency of Tottenham and Edmonton that are particular affected by the effects of this pandemic. They are facing the brunt of job losses and falls in income. It is shameful that in our country and in London we have four in ten children in poverty. What are City Hall’s projections on...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you for that. To date, the Government appears to have been tone deaf on these issues, only reacting to campaigns from poverty campaigners and, for example, on free school meals, [English footballer] Marcus Rashford [MBE]’s wonderful campaign to feed our hungry children. Do you get a sense from your talks with the Government that it actually understands that it needs to change its...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. I assure you that you have the support of Labour Members of this Assembly in your efforts to get the Government to listen.
Joanne McCartney: The thematic report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into the Metropolitan Police’s use of stop and search was very concerning. The Metropolitan Police state that they accept all the report’s recommendations. What concrete steps will the Metropolitan Police take to ensure these recommendations are acted upon immediately, and what accountability measures will be put in...
Joanne McCartney: The government has performed a surprising number of U-turns recently, often at the last moment. How has this affected London and Londoners?