West Barnes Lib Dem councillor, Mary-Jane Jeanes, gives an update on what's going on at Raynesfield, the flats on Grand Drive, which have recently been in the media, as London Mayor Boris Johnson was forced to back down on evicting the residents.
Here’s our 5-point action plan to "Reclaim Our Roads".
There are a few simple actions that Shas Sheehan and local Lib Dems are calling for that would make a big difference.
1. Get serious about street cleaning
Merton Council should reintroduce street cleaning straight after refuse and recycling collections, and monitor the quality of the work.
2. Publicise the schedule of inspection and maintenance of gullies and drains
Information is key. Allowing residents to know when their road is up for inspection allows them to hold the council to account when their actions are unacceptable.
3. A joint working group set up to include Merton Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency
This agency would look holistically at the cause and effect of poor drainage and vibrating roads, allowing for problems to be resolved before they become a thorny issue for residents.
At the moment residents are sent from pillar to post trying to find out which agency is responsible for problems in their road. This step would greatly decrease the amount of bureaucracy involved in finding out who is responsible.
4. Implement 20mph default speed limit on most roads, without roads humps
This would make roads safer, reduce air and noise pollution and mitigate vibration.
5. Enforce heavy lorry weight restrictions
This would further reduce vibrations and prevent damage to buildings in the immediate vicinity
Mary-Jane Jeanes, the Liberal Democrat councillor for West Barnes, has strongly backed calls to stop the eviction of tenants from Raynesfield in Raynes Park.
Merton Liberal Democrats are disappointed at councillors' refusal to reinstate Freedom Passes for those with mental health conditions.
Merton's Labour, Conservative and Residents Association Councillors failed to support a Liberal Democrat call for action on street cleaning, at Merton Council's full meeting on 9 July 2014.
Merton Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for step-free access at Motspur Park and Raynes Park train stations.
On 8th April 2014, Merton Liberal Democrats launched their local election manifesto 'Innovation Merton' with Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron MP.