11 November 2011

Why, as a Southwark mum, I'm Backing Boris

Ever noticed how drab those old TV series of your youth – assuming you’re of a certain age – seem now? Catching a repeat of ‘Miss Marple’ (the Joan Hickson one) I was struck by how poor the sound was, how faded the setting and the near monochromatic colour.
What does this have to do with Boris Johnson? As a mum bringing up two children in Southwark, for me, it’s not just about facts and figures. Any politician can do those. It’s about what you feel and see with your own eyes.
And I can’t help comparing the buzz London has now with the drab, monochrome divide-and-rule atmosphere of the previous incumbent. I remember his 1980s GLC incarnation, too, which was even worse.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Allotments, Council tax freeze, London overground, Playsport, Southwark

04 November 2011

Thanks to Boris we have more allotments in B&D

Over the last 15 years, Barking and Dagenham council 'land grabbed' a lot of our local allotment sites - often to sell to developers. But that all changed with the introduction of Boris' Capital Growth scheme. It aims to have 2,012 growing sites by 2012. I'm proud that my local site in Reed Road is one of many to benefit.

We have been able to upgrade the original site, to create an area where plot holders can come together, to relax, chat, and form a real community spirit.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, environment, London, quality of life | Tags: Allotments, Barking and dagenham, Capital growth