Statement on the Ledbury Estate crisis (24 August 2017)
Southwark Green Party has serious concerns about the escalating situation for residents on the Ledbury Estate in Peckham.
Safety issues on the estate were first raised over 30 years ago, and the blocks have since been the subject of reports by industry experts. While we recognise that control of the council has changed over the years, and mistakes made in the past are not the responsibility of the current leadership, it should not have taken the tragedy of Grenfell Tower for Council leaders to acknowledge problems on the Ledbury. Southwark’s current leadership is in a unique position to show that it has learnt from the mistakes made by its predecessors. It is not too late for it to demonstrate this in its handling of the Ledbury crisis. Full story here.
For environmental and social justice
It was great to see Labour adopting some Green Party policies in its manifesto for the General Election in June. Our anti-austerity policies on social justice and abolishing student debt are clearly popular with voters! But Labour continues to support disastrous projects such as Heathrow expansion, the Hinkley Point nuclear power station and the renewal of Trident – not to mention leaving the EU. We need decisive action on air pollution, with a new Clean Air Act, and a commitment to protect the environment in the Brexit negotiations.
While the UK political scene is very much on our minds, Southwark Greens continue to take practical steps to support environmental and social justice. You can find out more below.
We all need clean air
We are calling on the Mayor of London and Transport for London to replace buses on all routes passing through Camberwell Green with hybrid, hydrogen or electric buses by 2018. This is not just about Camberwell! Cleaning up the 15 dirty diesel bus routes will be good for the health of people all along those routes: in Elephant and Castle, Walworth, Vauxhall, Oval, Brixton, Herne Hill, Forest Hill and so on...
Southwark Green Party's recent monitoring of nitrogen dioxide pollution around Camberwell Green has shown that annual levels at the bus stops outside Butterfly Walk/McDonalds on Denmark Hill are more than twice the legal EU limit. The monitor outside McDonalds measured 84 micrograms per cubic metre, while the legal EU limit is 40.
Please sign our petition for clean air in Camberwell and pass it on.
Southwark Greens collecting signatures for our Clean Air petition
Implement the recommendations of the Lakanal Report
The terrible loss of life in the Grenfell Tower disaster was something many people thought could never happen in Britain. But Grenfell was not an isolated tragedy. In 2009, six people died in a fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell.
John Tyson, the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, has drawn up a petition calling for the immediate implementation of the 2013 report on the Lakanal fire. The petition now has more than 80,000 signatures – you can sign it here.
Will our MPs oppose airport expansion?
Southwark News on 15 June, 2017
We're asking our three Southwark MPs if they will oppose airport expansion - both to protect residents from noise and pollution and to combat climate change. The question has been asked in Southwark News and by individual members. We are still waiting for the MPs to let us know where they stand. If you live in Southwark, you can help by emailing your MP:
- Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham): email@example.com
- Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood): firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to include your address, so that they know you live in their constituency.
Join the Green Party
Find out about the work of Green Party representatives:
- London Assembly Members Sian Berry and Caroline Russell
- MEP for London Jean Lambert
- Jenny Jones, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb and the London Assembly Greens
Read A Green Voice For Southwark, our blog about Southwark news and local issues, with a focus on Camberwell and Peckham.
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