LTNs and real living wage in London headline Wandsworth leaders’ debate

Low Traffic Neighborhoods (LTN) and Real Living Wage topped the agenda on Tuesday night as leaders of the two main parties vying for control of Wandsworth Council engaged in a debate at Battersea Arts Center.

Outgoing Conservative Leader Cllr Ravi Govindia took Cllr from Wandsworth Labor simon hog in a leaders’ debate organized by Radio Riverside.

Both leaders were keen to emphasize the importance of resident engagement, which Hogg said had been lacking in the implementation of the LTNs.

He said: “We are not going to repeat that terrible mistake of dropping those LTNs where people found their roads blocked overnight.

“We need to listen to local people and take them with us when we make changes.”

However, Govindia responded with an example from his own neighborhood of East Putney where he said residents had been consulted about the introduction of a contrarian system.

The implementation of LTNs has also sparked controversy in other London boroughs, including Labour-run Hounslow and Lambeth.

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The middle of the debate saw a candid exchange after a question posed by the Reverend Tiffany Ewins, vicar of St Michael’s Wandsworth Common, about the candidates’ proposals to make Wandsworth a true accredited London wages council.

This would mean the council only awards contracts to suppliers who pay a minimum of £11.05 to all their staff over the age of 18.

Hogg replied that Labor would, while Govindia replied that it would be part of the Tories’ social value concerns.

Financial prudence was at the heart of the Tories’ case, with Govindia also providing examples where he argued money had been spent wisely.

He cited £13m spent on housing, dismissing campaigner Kwajo Tweneboa’s criticism of Wandsworth’s record, a further £2m on pavement maintenance and £10m on town centers as of examples.

Highlighting the Tories’ more than 40-year tenure at the helm of Wandsworth, Govindia said: “It’s all down to our relentless record of being good stewards of your money.”

Hogg attempted to present the national image, however, suggesting that the people of Wandsworth could send a message to the Prime Minister by voting Labor in Wandsworth.

He also pledged to accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality, with the current bipartisan goal being 2030, and pledged to improve safety standards with measures such as increasing the number of police officers on patrol and courses. to school to build confidence on the road.

According to Hogg, a labor council would also mean reform of the private hire sector, still low taxes and 1,000 more spaces to store your bike by doubling the number of bike sheds.

The arena: Battersea Arts Centre. 1 credit

Liberal Democrat Sue Wixley stressed the grassroots nature of the Liberal Democrats’ approach, while Glyn Goodwin of the Greens sent a strong message to candidates who are not acting quickly on the climate emergency.

Goodwin said, “Today’s lack of ambition is tomorrow’s dystopia.”

Reflecting on the debate, Riverside Radio director Jason Rosam said holding constituents to hold their local representatives to account was central to the role of the community station.

He added, “The other local commercial radio stations just don’t.”

Riverside Radio will host further debates next week for the Merton candidates, at the Merton Arts Space on Tuesday, at the Whitton Library on Wednesday for Richmond and a scheduled debate for Lambeth on Thursday.

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