Where You Live: Lewisham

Where you live >> Lewisham

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 Lewisham’s neighbourhoods, from New Cross to Grove Park, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine 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 Lewisham the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, putting an average £445 back into pockets. (Point 2) (GLA, Press Release, 1 February 2012, link: GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link.)
  • Investing in local high streets with more than £3 million of funding for Lewisham from the Outer London Fund, including over £1.5 million for Deptford High Street. (Point 6) (GLA, Outer London Fund: Round Two Winners announced, link)

  • Investing in local transport with London Overground serving 6 stations in Lewisham, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, running Cycle Superhighways 4, 5 and 6 through the borough, and investing £17.7 million in local transport improvements. (Point 8) (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).
  • Boris is benefitting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom Pass until 65.
  • 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 and put £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • Green Spaces. 64 green spaces have been created for Lewisham residents to grow their own food (Capital Growth website, link).
  • 355 street trees. 335 street trees have been planted in Lewisham under Boris Johnson (London Assembly, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 25 January 2012, 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

  • More than £3 million for Lewisham from Outer London Fund. Lewisham has received an economic boost of £3,003,240 from the Outer London Fund:
  • Catford Broadway. Lewisham is receiving £1,490,850 to improve Catford Broadway as a first step towards wider regeneration of the town centre. The plan is to create a vibrant high street ahead of future redevelopment schemes of surrounding areas (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012).
  • Deptford High Street. Lewisham is receiving £1,512,390 of funding to support a project to re-invigorate Deptford High Street and continue the momentum of the current regeneration programme in the town centre. The actions and initiatives aim to ensure the long term sustainable future of the market and High Street in Deptford Town Centre (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012).

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).
  • 711 more patrols per month in Lewisham. In 2010-11 there were 711 more patrols per month in Lewisham than in 2008-9. (GLA, Written answers to Mayoral questions, 22 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Lewisham have fallen. Since May 2008, Lewisham has seen a 8.7% decrease in total crime and a 30.2% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 16.5% and bus crime has fallen 37.4% (MPS Statistics, May 08 – Jan 21 compared to Sept 04-April 08)

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded six sport participation programmes in Lewisham so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 12 organisations in Lewisham are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 12 organisations in Lewisham are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £17.7 million of funding for local transport in Lewisham. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £13.9 million to boost local transport in Lewisham. In 2011 £450,000 of this funding was invested in projects including improving pedestrian facilities in the Ladywell Neighbourhood by widening footways and installing better pedestrian crossings to promote economic activity in the local shopping area (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).

Rail

  • London Overground, London’s first orbital railway, has 6 stations in Lewisham.   Thousands of residents in Lewisham will benefit from London’s first orbital railway, with 6 London Overground stations in Lewisham: Borough Stations affected:  Forest Hill, Sydenham, Honor Oak Park, New Cross Gate, Brockley, New Cross. (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link).
  • 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 in 2010. Lewisham is now the 8th highest oyster- using borough, (BBC News Online, 10 March 2008, link; TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).
  • Increased capacity of DLR trains. DLR trains running through Lewisham have had their capacity increased by 50% thanks to the introduction of longer 3-car length trains (GLA, Press Release, 23 February 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 9 May 2011, link; TfL, Press Release, 24 November 2010, link, TfL, Press Release, 20 July 2010, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs, such as Lewisham, which have adopted the scheme (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link).12% applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Lewisham have been refused following the introduction of the permit scheme (ibid.).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 22 bus routes in Lewisham have been expanded and/or improved under Boris Johnson. (TfL, Bus Service Changes May 2008 - January 2012).
  • Bendy buses removed. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the bendy buses. Transport for London estimates it was save more  than £7 million a year (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Three Cycle Superhighways run through Lewisham: Cycle Superhighway 4 will run from Woolwich to London Bridge by 2015; Cycle Superhighway 5 will run from Lewisham to Victoria by 2013; and Cycle Superhighway 6 will run from Penge to City by 2015. (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link).

Housing

  • 1,010 total affordable housing units completed in Lewisham.  600 social rented and 400 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Lewisham between 2008/09 and 2010/11. (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007,1008).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has visited Lewisham more times in his first term than Ken Livingstone did in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited  Lewisham three times. Ken Livingstone visited Lewisham twice in his first term and three times in his second 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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