Zack Polanski: London has been in a drought for several months that looks set to last well into next year. What discussions have you had with construction and infrastructure sites to encourage them to reduce water abstraction during this drought?
Zack Polanski: What meetings and discussions have you and GLA officers had with external organisations such as, but not limited to Thames Water and the Environment Agency, to deal with a sustained drought in London, and what plans have come from them?
Zack Polanski: Leaked plans for communication with the public via the BBC during a power outage reveal that they depend upon the public having access to a radio. Do you know what proportion of Londoners have access to a battery powered radio?
Zack Polanski: What is your estimate of the number of deaths caused by heatwaves in London this year and what is the source of this data?
Zack Polanski: How much money has the GLA granted to museums in London since 2016, broken down by year and museum?
Zack Polanski: You have now agreed a longer-term funding deal for Transport for London (TfL) with the Government. What progress on decarbonising TfL energy use do you expect by the end of the deal?
Zack Polanski: What progress has been made to boost GLA procurement from micro and small businesses? Could you provide data on the success of micro and small businesses winning GLA contracts?
Zack Polanski: Your Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel places five per cent of its evaluation criteria on equality, diversity and inclusion. You describe it on the GLA website as a way to: “influence the diversity of the profession through procurement.” How are you encouraging diversity in procurement across the GLA Group?
Zack Polanski: What immediate plans do you have to build London's resilience and preparedness against fires, floods and other extreme climate events during the climate emergency?
Zack Polanski: Thank you very much for this answer, and if I can extend my thanks also to Assembly Member Sheikh for working together on the Pakistan motion. I want to turn our attention to the comments of Matt Wrack from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU, General Secretary). He said in The Guardian, noting the challenge of climate change to the Fire Brigade, that “there’s a real horrible complacency”,...
Zack Polanski: To both. Let us go with the wildfires.
Zack Polanski: I think you are exactly right on that. I have been in touch with the FBU. They are worried about the national challenge, and they say they need new resources now, new investment. You will know very well that they had their worst day since World War II, they were running out call operators on that day and we were almost running out of fire engines. Now, that was a small intense heatwave that...
Zack Polanski: I will absolutely continue to lobby the Government, but isn’t there a case here that you can reprioritise some of your budget? We had the Marshall Plan in America in response to the war. Shouldn’t we not be looking at a war footing, essentially, in making sure the LFB are ready for the climate emergency and other future climate events?
Zack Polanski: I am out of time. I am sure we will continue this conversation. Thank you, Chair.
Zack Polanski: Are you aware of the ‘right to grow’ campaign for legislation that would give people the right to grow fruit and vegetables on underused public spaces? Will you support this campaign and its aims in order to increase food security and land access for Londoners?
Zack Polanski: The announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 23 September about removing the cap on bankers’ bonuses will only widen income inequality in London. How will you and your Deputy Mayor for Business work with big businesses to encourage them to keep bonuses under control so that inequality does not get worse and the dangerous speculation that caused the 2008 financial crisis does not...
Zack Polanski: You have proposed a lifeline tariff, which would provide a basic level of energy free to vulnerable customers. Have you discussed how such a tariff could be implemented with any of the UK’s energy suppliers, and if so, could you share their responses?
Zack Polanski: What programmes do you have to help small businesses manage rising energy costs and reduce their carbon footprints?
Zack Polanski: Constituents have told me that they do not trust systems for complaining about aviation noise, are not sure who to complain to, and are concerned that they are not being listened to. Will you consider setting up a single hub to complain about aviation noise that would provide an independent body Londoners could trust?
Zack Polanski: Thank you for your answer to my question 2022/0016 on London’s progress with Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). Could you provide an updated table on your progress on this for the financial year 2021-22, including details of: a) each organisation responsible, b) the area of installed SuDS catchment, and c) a summary of schemes involved?