Where You Live: Barnet

Where You Live >> Barnet

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Barnet’s neighbourhoods, from Golders Green to Cockfosters, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a 9 point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Barnet the plan means:

  • Cutting City Hall’s share of council tax this year after freezing it for three successive years, benefitting 144,760 Barnet households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets. (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link)
  • Investing in local high streets and supporting small businesses with £3 million of funding for Barnet from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund to help repair damage caused to high streets and town centres during last summer’s riots. (GLA, Press Release, 17 January 2012, link)
  • Investing in transport by upgrading Tube lines running through Barnet, investing £18.1 million to boost local transport and constructing a cycle superhighway from Barnet to the City. (TFL, Press Release, November 2008, link, TFL, press release, December 2009, link TFL, press release, December 2010, link), TFL, Press Release, December 2011,link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65. (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link). This has helped keep cost of living low for 144,760 households in Barnet (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011), putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • 88 street trees. 88 street trees have been planted in Barnet under Boris Johnson (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 29 green spaces. 29 green spaces, which allow local residents the opportunity to grow their own food, have also been created (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Dollis Valley Green Walk. Under the Help a London Park scheme, the Dollis Valley Green Walk in Barnet has received £400,000 to clear overgrown scrub to open up views and help people feel safer, install lighting at key points, improve footpaths and signage; and install new play facilities at Windsor Open Space and Brent Park. (Barnet Borough Website, Dollis Valley Green, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Economic Boosts for Barnet through the Outer London Fund.  Sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund to support the Capital’s High Streets; Chipping Barnet received £416,686 (Greater London Authority: Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding) North Finchley Town Centre received £1,453,140 and Cricklewood Town Centre received £2,268,375 (Greater London Authority: Outer London Fund –Round Two Grant Funding, Summary of Winners, 12 January 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000 (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • 74 more patrols a month. In Barnet there were 74 more monthly police patrols in January 2012, compared to April 2008. (GLA, Mayor’s Question Time, p 164, 22 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and youth violence in Barnet have fallen. Since May 2008, Barnet has seen a 16%% decrease in total crime, a 14.1% reduction in youth violence, 11.6% decrease in robbery and 14.8% decrease in bus crime. (MPS Statistics, May 08 - Jan 11 compared to August 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded seven sport participation programmes in Barnet so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • Sports Legacy Programme grants.10 organisations in Barnet are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to Londoners. (Freesport Programme Website, link).
  • Investing in Barnet sports facilities. The Mayor has helped fund one facility in Barnet to enhance sporting activities (GLA, Delivered so far, link).

Investing in transport

  • £18.1 million of funding for local transport in Barnet. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over 18.1 million to boost local transport in Barnet including £500,000 improvements for rail stations at Woolside, West Finchley, Finchley, East Finchley, Mill Hill, and Burnt Oak.. (TFL, Press Release, November 2008, link, TFL, press release, December 2009, link TFL, press release, December 2010, link), TFL, Press Release, December 2011,link).

 Underground

  • Improving reliability on Tube lines running through Barnet. This is part of the Tube upgrade programme secured by Boris Johnson:

    • Northern Line. The upgrade will increase capacity by 20%, with an additional 11,000 passengers per hour at peak time, and will reduce journey times by 18% by 2014. 7 out of 13 Northern Line Stations in Barnet have also been refurbished. (TfL Website, ‘Northern Line Upgrade Plan’, link).

Rail

  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Mill Hill Broadway station is Barnet’s busiest rail station in terms of Oyster Card usage, with 230,287 rail journeys made by Oyster Card (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Improved pedestrian and cyclist access at Barnet stations. Under Boris Johnson TfL has spent £1,413,000 improving miles of roads and pavements as part of a wider plan to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in Barnet. This is the 4th highest received by any borough and the 5th largest area of road repaired (TFL, Press Release, November 2008, link, TFL, press release, December 2009, link TFL, press release, December 2010, link), TFL, Press Release, December 2011,link). Other key projects include:
    • New pedestrian crossing at A406 Henlys Corner Scheme. Major works to significantly improve traffic flow, introduce safe pedestrian crossings, and cut street clutter have transformed this busy and vital road junction the A406. (GLA, Mayor marks completion of improvements that have transformed Henlys Corner, 13 January 2012, link)
    • Reviewing traffic lights. 2,000 London traffic light signals have been reviewed since 2009 and a further 1,000 signals are being reviewed in 2011/12 (TfL Website, ‘Smoothing traffic flow’, link). The timings of twenty six traffic lights in Barnet reviewed since 2009 to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion (TfL, Suggested Signal Removal List, link).

Bus

  • Bus Improvements. 20 Bus routes in Barnet have been expanded or improved under Boris Johnson. (TFL, ‘Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, link).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and will save more than £7 million a year. The new buses have replaced bendy buses on routes 186 and 137 in Barnet. (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link, Tfl, Press Release, 25 November 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. One Cycle Superhighway route will open by 2013 and Cycle Superhighway 11 starts in West Hampstead and ends in Marylebone. (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link; TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways’, link).

Housing

  • 910 total affordable housing units completed in Barnet. 530 social rented and 380 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Barnet between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007,1008, link)

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Barnet in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Barnet ten times since July 2008, compared to Ken Livingstone who visited Barnet four times in his first term.(GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

 

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