Councils must “take their final chance” to bid for Air Quality funding

Enfield and Haringey Councils are being urged to “take their final chance” to bid for a share of £6 million of Mayoral funding to boost air quality in the borough. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said that with air pollution leading to the premature deaths of over 9,000 Londoners each year, communities must “use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions”.

This third and final round of funding comes as part of the £20 million Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, which launched in 2013. A proportion of this was allocated in early 2016 to introduce measures to tackle air pollution across 28 London boroughs, such as electrifying vehicle fleets, rolling out low cost electric charging points and reducing the construction industry’s impact on air quality in the capital.

All councils in the capital are encouraged to bid for a portion of the £6 million funding pot to deliver more local car-free initiatives, pedestrianisation schemes and low emission neighbourhoods.

The Air Quality Fund forms part of a number of actions the Mayor is already taking to clean up London’s air, such as the implementation of the T-Charge and the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ).

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM said:

“With air pollution contributing to the premature deaths of thousands of Londoners every year, it is fundamental that we use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on dangerous emissions.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that children, and the most vulnerable members of our community, are being routinely exposed to toxic air.

“We have seen boroughs across London, including our own, already benefit from previous rounds of the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, but there is still a lot more to be done if we are to effectively target pollution hotspots in our community.

“This is why I am urging Enfield and Haringey councils to take their final chance to bid for more of this vital funding, which could make a huge difference to the health of local people.”

Thames Water make commitment to fix A406 problem water main

Local Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, has welcomed a commitment from Thames Water to replace the main water pipes underneath the A406 Pinkham Way.

The pipes which date from Victorian Times, burst nine times in 2016, requiring unplanned works to repair them. Further bursts have also caused disruption this past autumn.

Ms McCartney has previously raised the issue at the London Assembly Environment Committee following complaints from residents who were concerned about traffic disruption to the whole area and the safety of children crossing the road, especially at times of disruption caused by burst water mains.

Following the Committee, Ms McCartney wrote to Thames Water who agreed to reroute the mains from underneath the carriageway, potentially to the side of the road where any problems can be fixed without disrupting the A406. However, due to the complexity of the project and the amount of funding required, this is likely to take place between 2020-25.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I am glad to see that after pressuring Thames Water and Transport for London, they have agreed to reroute the water mains.

“Unplanned works and repairs can cause huge disruption and congestion on the already busy A406, affect the whole local area and raise safety concerns.

“I will continue to urge Thames Water to prioritise this scheme so that the works are carried out as soon as possible.”

Thrive LDN welcomed in Enfield & Haringey

A new city-wide campaign designed to improve mental health across the capital has been welcomed by local Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney. Thrive LDN, launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, aims to support Londoners to lead healthier, happier lives. Ms McCartney, who is also the Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare said support for young people was particularly important, and that all Londoners should remember that “it’s good to talk.”

The Thrive campaign sets out to maximise the potential of children and young people. Children in London are more likely to be admitted to hospital for a mental health condition compared to England as a whole, although the latest figures show this trend is starting to change. In Enfield & Haringey, the rate of admission is higher. Since 2010, an average of 99 children in Enfield and 108 children in Haringey per 100,000 have been hospitalised for a mental health condition. This compares with 92 per 100,000 across England.

The campaign brings together experts in voluntary, public and private organisations, clinicians and academics. Aside from the focus on children and young people, the campaign also aims to eradicate mental health stigma and discrimination and to make London a zero suicide city.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“More than 2 million Londoners will experience mental health problems this year. If you are not one of those 2 million, you almost certainly know someone who is. However, often due to stigma, far too few of us talk about it or get the help we need and deserve.

“It is vital that children in particular have the language and the space to discuss and manage their mental health. At the moment, a child in Enfield & Haringey is more likely to be admitted to hospital with a mental health condition than elsewhere in England. That is something we need to change.

“I warmly welcome Mayor Khan’s decision to launch Thrive LDN. People in both Enfield & Haringey should look out for the events and advertising campaigns to come, but in the meantime we should all remember that it’s good to talk.”

Enfield & Haringey Residents Urged To Have Say on Brexit

Local residents and businesses in Enfield & Haringey are being asked to give their views on Brexit and what it means for them and their families. A year on from the vote to leave the European Union (EU), Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, has launched a survey to get local views on how Brexit will impact on a wide range of issues including jobs, the cost of living and public services. Ms McCartney said the government have a “duty to listen to what Londoners want” out of the negotiations.

In the EU in June 2016, 48.1 per cent of voters chose to remain in the EU, whilst 51.9 per cent chose to leave.

Yet London bucked the national trend with 59.9 per cent choosing remain. In Enfield 56% voted remain, with 44% voting leave. Similarly in Haringey, 75% voted remain and 24% voted leave. The majority of businesses in London and the UK also backed continued EU membership.

Whilst polling shows that the majority of Londoners would still like to remain in the EU, negotiations are underway to leave the union with Brexit expected to be completed by March 2019. Ms McCartney is now asking local people and business about the type of Brexit they would like to see and what issues they think the government should focus on in the negotiations. She will present the findings in a report later this year to ensure local priorities are taken on board by Ministers.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“We’re a year on from Brexit, people have had some time to process the result, and we now want to hear what people’s thoughts and concerns are as we start to move through the negotiations.

“Brexit negotiations are going to take time and there is a lot of uncertainty, but it is vital local people and local businesses have a voice. The government have a duty to listen to what Londoners want out of the deal they’re trying to secure. I’ll be asking the Mayor to ensure local priorities are fed through to Ministers and are truly taken on board.”

Joanne welcomes improved bus services to NMUH

Commenting on the announcement that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out plans to improve bus services to North Middlesex University Hospital, Joanne McCartney AM said:

“I am delighted that Mayor Khan is committing to take action on this vital local issue, especially after the previous Mayor offered no solution when I raised this issue in the past.

“I have long been campaigning with local residents for improved bus services to our local hospitals to ensure people across Enfield, particularly in Winchmore Hill and Chase, can get to North Middlesex University Hospital, after the government took the decision to downgrade Chase Farm Hospital.

“There will now be direct new bus links, meaning constituents will no longer have to embark on a long and difficult journey on public transport in order to access services, visit relatives, or work their shifts.”