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Richmond Park News: 2 October 2020


DELAY IN TAKING FREE BUS TRAVEL AWAY FROM UNDER-18 RIDERS


I thought my constituents would like to know that Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford stated this week that the temporary removal of free travel for under-18s cannot be implemented until at least spring of next year. This has yet to be confirmed by the Government, but I cautiously welcome the news of this delay.

Obviously we want the proposal stopped entirely but at least young people can rely on free bus fares to travel safely throughout the winter.


I will continue to do all that I can to prevent the removal of free travel for under-18s going ahead as I know how beneficial it is to many children across the constituency.



HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE TASKFORCE UPDATE


The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce has published an update on its progress. I was disappointed to see that local residents may have to wait until 2021 for a ferry service, although it is important that the necessary piers be erected safely and that the procurement process be done correctly. I would like this process to move more quickly, but I am satisfied that things are at least progressing. In the meantime, I will continue to liaise with TfL on bus improvements and other mitigation actions. You can read the task-force's full update at:

www.gov.uk/government/news/hammersmith-bridge-taskforce-meeting-1-october-2020



OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH


Breast Cancer UK has written to me to ask me to pass on advice to you about spotting the symptoms of breast cancer.


PROSTATE CANCER RISK-CHECKER LINK

If you would like to find out if you or a loved one should talk to your doctor about prostate cancer screening, please use Prostate Cancer UK's quick and easy online risk checker by clicking here: https://prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker



CORRECTED LINK FOR LETTER TO ALOK SHARMA ABOUT PUBS

In my last newsletter I referenced a letter from my colleague Daisy Cooper to Business Secretary Alok Sharma regarding the new 10pm closure time for pubs. The link to the first page of the letter was faulty. Here are the correct links: Cooper Page 1 Cooper Page 2



RICHMOND NEWS


STAG BREWERY DEVELOPMENT


I wrote to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week with my objections to the revised planning application for the former Stag Brewery site in Mortlake.


Under the revised plans, the developer envisages expanding the development from 813 residential units to 1250, increasing the square footage of flexible-use space and office space and raising the heights of most buildings, with ten storeys now the highest level. I believe this application, by expanding the height, scale and mass of the proposed development, breaches the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), The London Plan and Richmond Council’s Local Plan. Accordingly I have asked Mayor Khan to refuse this application.


I will keep you informed as this application progresses. If you would like to see the details of my objection you can see my letter here: