25 November 2011

Progress in Lewisham

By Sylbourne Sydial, Lewisham resident

It's an exciting time to be a Londoner. Next year our city will be in the spotlight with the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is also a time to reflect on the last three and a half years of London under the stewardship of Mayor Boris Johnson.
  
Since being elected in May 2008 I have seen Boris working hard to deliver for London and Lewisham - moving away from the waste under Ken Livingstone.
   
Lewisham has seen Boris deliver on his pledges during tough economic times. It has been a massive help to Lewisham residents that Boris has frozen City Hall’s share of our council tax for the last three years, following the eye-watering 153% rise under Ken Livingstone.
 
We have also seen first hand the direct benefits from Boris's policy of introducing Oyster cards onto the National Rail network. This is a huge help to hundreds of thousands commuters in the borough.
   
And as a motorist, it is a persistent frustration to see roads being constantly dug up. This leads to delays on some of Lewisham’s main roads. But since Boris introduced the permit scheme 12% of applications by utility firms to dig up roads in Lewisham have been refused and the results are starting to be noticed.
   
Perhaps most importantly, however, the Mayor has delivered on his commitment to cut crime. As a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator I have seen 20 more PCSOs, along with more Special Constables and more police officers on Lewisham’s streets. The introduction of single patrolling has really lead to a visible increase in patrols - providing reassurance to local residents.
   
Progress is being made in Lewisham under the leadership of Boris Johnson and it is important that we keep moving forward.

To find out more about what how Boris is delivering for Lewisham, visit www.backboris2012.com/where-you-live/lewisham

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