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    • The next mayor should create a 'more natural capit...
    • The environmental debate between candidates for the Mayor of London, scheduled for 12th April, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 21st at 7pm. If you registered for the original date, there is no need to re-register. Hosted by Wildlife and Countryside Link and chaired by presenter and environmentalist Julia Bradbury, this debate will allow mayoral candidates to put forward their policies on nature and climate to London’s voters. If you want cleaner air, thriving parks, more abundant wildlife and new footpaths and cycleways, this is your chance to ask the next mayor for them. To attend, please .
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author PGC Webmaster
    • 17 Apr 2021 23:58
    • Alarm raised as giant US corporation moves in on L...
    • https://youtu.be/RjCLlsgpbIM Protest over GP takeover by private corporation The Laurels is a GP practice on St. Ann’s Road in North London. It is one of 37 practices across 49 sites that has recently been acquired by the huge American health insurance company Centene Corporation, via its subsidiary Operose. According to anti-privatisation campaigners who held a protest there on Friday afternoon, the takeover has been shrouded in secrecy, without public debate, and even local councillors have been unaware of the ownership changes until the last moment. Some of the GP practices were already in the hands of a private company, AT Medics, but in an online meeting in December the North Central London Commissioning Group approved the change of control over to Operose in just a few minutes without questions and without any mention of Centene. There was also an understanding there would be no change to the board of directors, but just two months later, all six AT Medics directors resigned, and among the three new directors was Samantha Jones, who previously worked as Director of New Care Models at NHS England, and is now CEO and President of Centene UK. Another director at...
    • In Other Subjects / Health Services
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 07 Apr 2021 00:24
    • Alarm raised as giant US corporation moves in on L...
    • Around 140 London councillors have signed an open letter to the various Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which operate in the capital - ours is the North Central London CCG. People other than councillors etc can also sign - go to https://weownit.org.uk/open-letter-local-leaders-mps-councillors-assembly-members-ccgs-centenes-takeover-nhs-gp-practices Dear Clinical Commissioning Groups, We have recently been made aware of the takeover of 49 NHS GP practices by US healthcare company, Centene. These GP practices care for communities across London. We are writing to you to express our disappointment that there was no consultation with the local communities that will be directly impacted by this change prior to approval being given to the takeover. We also want to put on record our strong opposition to the decision to allow the takeover and ask you to do everything in your power to end it. The signatories of this letter disapprove of Centene's involvement in London GP practices for many different reasons, but whatever one's position on the involvement of the private sector in the NHS, it seems clear that Centene's track record over just the last 5 years makes them unsuitable...
    • In Other Subjects / Health Services
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 07 Apr 2021 00:03
    • Can LTN’s both cause congestion and not cause cong...
    • There seems to be a repeated keenness to claim I agree with you; in the main I don’t. I would place myself as pro active travel, and in particular accepting that means starting to make change from where things are now, rather than not being anti- active travel. They are far from the same thing. There are a multitude of stakeholder types and within each a range of experiences and wants; exactly why I say repeatedly all should submit same to the ongoing consultation on this particular scheme. I’ll speak for myself, not others. Evaporation: certainly ultra-locally three cars have already or are slated to disappear altogether as a consequence and there are other conversations in a similar direction. Change won’t happen overnight. But if you believe anger and pushback only appeared when the trial went live you must have missed traffic issues locally for the last three decades. Volume and velocity have been huge issues, on numerous streets, for at least that time. What never happened was a call to share the traffic or similar from those less busy street residents during that time. I’m not surprised in that, but that is the Pacific Island analogy.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 06 Apr 2021 09:16
    • Can LTN’s both cause congestion and not cause cong...
    • Hi Karl Thanks for the substantial comments of your position. As we have conversed before on previous threads you know that my position is not that far removed from your own in terms of what we would like to achieve, just the methods of approach to achieving it. I think I also speak for a substantial number who are anti LTN but not anti cycling or anti active travel. If you can achieve an increase in active travel, particularly if it is as a result of people forgoing short car journeys, we all know the benefits both for the individual and the environment. Education about global warming, both of the general population and the decision makers, is what is most likely going to save the pacific islands you mention. My concern is the "education " received by our decision makers about traffic evaporation. The evidence is flawed at every level but active groups seemed to have persuaded our local politicians with this flawed information to the extent they still cannot believe, or at least are denying, what they are seeing on our roads and that even after all this time they still believe this traffic will evaporate. You say this is a divisive issue only if it is made thus by people's...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Peter Payne
    • 04 Apr 2021 01:43
    • 'Dirtier than coal': Does north London really need...
    • Questioning the need and sensibility of the proposed new incinerator in Edmonton continues, and not least from Enfield resident Georgia Elliot-Smith, who as well as taking HMG to court on the wider issue of incineration has been talking to Islington councillors about some of the related issues. The position has been reported in the Islington Gazette, copied here word for word. I've added my own thoughts on the NLWA spokespersons “real world evidence” at the end. 'Dirtier than coal': Does north London really need a new 700,000 tonne incinerator? Islington's eco chief Rowena Champion has promised to “see what she can do” to provide updated figures on whether it’s still really necessary to build a new 700,000 tonne capacity incinerator to burn north London’s waste. In 2017 the government gave the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) permission to rebuild the Edmonton incinerator. But four years on, London mayor Sadiq Khan says the capital has no need for another incinerator, and eco campaigners are questioning the viability of the giant £1.2bn "energy from waste" plant in the wake of the government declaring a climate emergency two years ago. At a meeting on waste...
    • In Planning and Development / North London Waste Plan
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 01 Apr 2021 15:18
    • Can LTN’s both cause congestion and not cause cong...
    • You ask what I think. To expand that a bit there is a problem with transport, a long running one, basically too much of it for the available infrastructure; it pollutes across many dimensions with (very) costly externalities picked up by others. But it is handy, as well as being backed by a core of some of the worlds largest companies / employers plus building has been undertaken to accept and encourage it, eg out of centre retail parks, big supermarkets with their car parks, so it is well ingrained in our lives. Yet a pushback of force was always going to come at some point and now with HMG and the GLA broadly in the same space, we have it. So change there will be before London, in particular, but towns and cities all over the place, fill up until they grind to a total halt. Congestion has been near disastrous for years; there are many local examples we could all name and all LTN independent. Then as with many things, when something really impacts you personally, attention and concern goes up many notches. Climate change is a good analogy, we mostly sit as the boiling frog, and knowing things are not looking good but waiting, whereas those Pacific islanders who no longer have an...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 30 Mar 2021 19:15
    • Can LTN’s both cause congestion and not cause cong...
    • Hi Karl I have lived in my property for 7 years and only once in that time did I ever pull out into already queueing traffic, (there had been an accident further up) prior to the instigation of the LTN. That was leaving my house between 8.30 and 8.45. So are you still maintaining that traffic on the perimeter roads is not any worse or are you now saying "It’s brought new local inconveniences, to some, adding to the congestion which has long been experienced widely across the city – and other UK towns and cities – for a long time." ? The latter seems to be an admission that their is new congestion. With respect to the survey apologies in that I did not mean to imply it was you personally who submitted it but it was featured in the last edition of PGCN presumably down to Basil Clarke, so maybe he should comment.
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Peter Payne
    • 30 Mar 2021 03:35
    • Can LTN’s both cause congestion and not cause cong...
    • Not prone to exaggeration or fantasy to make a point I’ll stick with my hard experience of the apparent “utter garbage” of regularly crossing queuing traffic to enter Fox Lane from Bourne when returning during morning peak from Southgate pool. For primary cause rationale I’d tend to look at Southgate High Street rather than the LTN, one of London’s countless pre-LTN regular traffic congestion points. And for post LTN incremental waiting; that’s the trade-off vs residents of primarily Mall / Amberley and Greenway / Meadway living on the Southgate bypass. All such benefits / disbenefit can be supplied to the still open consultation. But to again play the broken record: decades of spatial planning revolving around the needs of private car ownership and movement have ended; at HMG level, at GLA level and so at lower borough planning levels. More and bigger cars, doing ever more miles, seeking to park wherever their journey ends, all on a finite road resource, has hit the buffers (worldwide) and we’re all now starting to experience the resulting rebalancing. It’s brought new local inconveniences, to some, adding to the congestion which has long been experienced widely...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 27 Mar 2021 10:13
    • Can LTN’s both cause congestion and not cause cong...
    • Yes of course you can have congestion in one direction and not the other, so whats the point here ? The fact that there is congestion at certain times of the day and not others doesn't mean you can average out over 24 hrs and say there isn't a problem. The congestion problem occurs because generally people have to travel at these times because their job or schools start and finish at these times. As traffic is also generally moving in towards Central London in the morning and out again in the evening such routes, like the tube will be congested one way and not the other. I live near the junction of Fox Lane and Bourne Hill/ The Bourne. Your assertion that traffic had previously (pre LTN) backed up to here is utter garbage. The normal morning rush hour approach to Southgate roundabout would have backed up to about Wynchgate and it would have taken about a minute to clear the roundabout. Joining the pre-existing queue at Fox Lane is now taking approximately 8 minutes. The traffic I am joining has already been queueing further back and thus taking longer. The other side of the road at this point will be relatively clear and free flowing.... that is until you reach the other end of...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Peter Payne
    • 26 Mar 2021 03:30
    • Local civic activist recognised as a Woman of Infl...
    • David, the recognition was for her role in allowing local people to influence planning, not for the particular outcome. Do you not believe that people should be able to express their opinions? You're pretty good at expressing your own, and often in a rather unpleasant way. Do you think that developers should be able to do whatever they want regardless of the consequences for people living in and passing through an area? I personally believe that despite the attack on the concept of the commons over recent centuries there is such a thing and that "ownership" of a bit of the earth's surface does not give the "owners" carte blanche. You only have to visit the US to see how ugly towns can be when money (ie biggest bang for the buck) and "ownership" trump aesthetics. I don't believe that local people should have a veto on what can be complex issues, but there should be a meaningful dialogue and the sessions that Jane arranged provided an improved way of facilitating that dialogue. And it is also helpful when it comes to the planning committee system, which to me seems flawed. So much depends on the handful of councillors on the committee, who may be prejudiced or open-minded, stick...
    • In Other Subjects / Community Groups and Community Events
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 25 Mar 2021 16:44
    • Local civic activist recognised as a Woman of Infl...
    • Skims over the disastrous impact of her activism on SOV. Whole thing now getting developed anywhere into rubbishy flats, creating just as much pressure on local services and schools (including the one my toddler will be competing to get into) yet with NO s.106 and NO CIL payments. So we get a shed load of flats. More pressure on local services. More competition for school places. More stress on our creaking road system and NO financial compensation to tackle these issues. All 100% predictable.
    • In Other Subjects / Community Groups and Community Events
    • Author David Eden
    • 25 Mar 2021 09:49

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