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Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed to Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, that this month geological surveys are to begin in Balham. The purpose of these surveys, which were promised by TfL back in January, is to get a clearer idea of the geological conditions at the Balham site. Similar geological surveys will start next month in Tooting. The results of both geological surveys will help inform TfL’s decision as to which site should be TfL’s final preferred option for the Crossrail 2 station.

By the end of March, TfL has also confirmed that the results of the economic impact assessment for Tooting will have been compiled. The purpose of the economic impact assessment, also promised back in January, is to weigh up the potential economic benefits of bringing the Crossrail 2 station to Tooting. TfL has invited Sadiq Khan MP to discuss the assessment’s findings.

Crossrail 2 update: Sadiq Khan awaits the results of the economic survey for Tooting and drilling starts at both sites

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed to Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, that this month geological surveys are to begin in Balham. The purpose of these surveys, which were promised... Read more

Women’s rights have come a long way since the Suffragette movement. However, there is still a long way to go.

In the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics, the gap between men and women's pay for full-time workers was 9.4% in April 2015, equivalent to £100 per week. Only 5 of FTSE 100 CEOs are women. There are more CEOs called John, David and Sir than women!

According to the NHS, an estimated 137,000 women in the UK are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), some of which may have been performed in the UK.

According to the women’s charity, Refuge, two women a week in the UK are killed by a current or former male partner and at least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence. 

Globally, the inequality faced by women is even more severe. According to the UN, up to seven in 10 women around the world experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, making violence against women one of the world’s most widespread human rights abuses. As well as violence, women across the globe suffer forced marriages, illiteracy and a lack of opportunity available to their brothers, sons and fathers.  

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “We need to keep the issue of gender equality firmly on the table. I have 2 daughters and so this is personal to me. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to promote equality for women and highlight women’s rights and the challenges they face here in the UK but also globally”.  

 Sadiq Khan at last year's event to mark International Women's Day in Tooting

Gender inequality – a job half done

Women’s rights have come a long way since the Suffragette movement. However, there is still a long way to go. In the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics,... Read more

The Council recently consulted on a proposal to close off Dr Johnson Avenue, which cuts across Tooting Common. The results of that consultation showed that 58% of respondents were in favour.

However, after the consultation was completed, a new proposal was inserted to introduce a no right turn from Tooting Bec Road into Elmbourne Road. This was not in the original consultation.

Sadiq Khan MP said: “Residents are concerned about these proposals for two reasons. Many feel dismayed that the no right turn into Elmbourne Road was only inserted after the Council had completed their consultation, with some telling me that had they known they would have replied differently to the consultation. Also, residents are worried that if Dr Johnson Avenue is closed and Elmbourne Road is made a no right turn, access from the South of the Common to Balham and beyond will become much more difficult and traffic problems will worsen and spread”.

Motorists coming from the South end of the Common already cannot turn right at the junction at Tooting Bec. In the event that both the closure of Dr Johnson Avenue and restrictions on Elmbourne Road are agreed, motorists from the Streatham end of the borough heading towards Balham could take alternative routes via  Romberg, Montana or Avoca Roads, Chetwode Road, Holdernesse Road and, Trinity Crescent, or via Garrads Road, among others. 

Residents express dismay at plan to close Elmbourne Road to right-turning traffic

The Council recently consulted on a proposal to close off Dr Johnson Avenue, which cuts across Tooting Common. The results of that consultation showed that 58% of respondents were in... Read more

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