Tooting’s Spice Village has been nominated by local MP, Sadiq Khan, to take part in the prestigious Tiffin Cup competition after residents chose it as their favourite South Asian Restaurant in Tooting.
Two thirds of residents who contacted the Tooting MP to nominate their favourite South Asian restaurant chose Spice Village, on Upper Tooting Road, which will now be judged alongside other constituencies’ nominations for a chance to win the Regional Finals and then the Tiffin Cup itself. The finals will be judged in Westminster.
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “I am delighted that the nomination for Spice Village has been accepted and will take part in this year’s Tiffin Cup. This is such a prestigious competition and I look forward to welcoming Spice Village to the House of Commons”.
Sadiq Khan MP presenting last year's award
A persistent flood outside two schools in Fuzedown has finally been resolved after local MP, Sadiq Khan, intervened.
For almost 20 years, students at Graveney School and Furzedown primary have walked past the flood which pours almost continually from a manhole cover next to the school. In the summer months, the water attracts large a number of insects and in the winter the flood often freezes over, making the journey to school treacherous.
A student at Furzedown primary school, Iris Arvanitakis, said “in the winter I slip over on the ice and in the summer the water smells so I am really pleased it has now been repaired”.
Before the intervention of Sadiq Khan MP
Government proposals to cut pharmacy funding by almost £170 million will hit at the heart of community health provision, will not improve primary care outcomes and will put additional strain on the NHS, according to Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting.
Sadiq Khan said: “Many of my constituents rely on their local pharmacy on a daily basis. They are more than a place to get medicine, they are an essential part of the fabric of our community and the only place where residents can receive face-to-face professional healthcare advice without an appointment.
I share the concerns of over 600 constituents who have contacted me, that these cuts will almost inevitably force pharmacies to reduce staffing levels, resulting in more people visiting GPs and hospital A and E departments, putting further pressure on an already strained NHS.”
There are approximately 11,600 pharmacies in England. According to Pharmacy Voice, approximately 450 million individual visits are made each year dispensing around 1 billion prescriptions. The proposed cuts will equate to approximately £14,000 a year per pharmacy. There are approximately 20 independent pharmacies in Tooting, which could be impacted by these cuts.
Sadiq Khan said: “I have written to the Health Secretary to urge him to ensure these policies have patient outcome at the heart and to ask that these policies are not rushed through, causing irreversible consequences for local pharmacies and the patients they serve.”
“I will continue to do all I can to oppose the scale of these cuts to ensure that my constituents who need medicine dispensed, moderate medical attention or health advice, have access to these invaluable community services provided by pharmacies across Tooting”.
Following opposition to the proposed closure of several rail station ticket offices, the rail companies concerned have pledged that they will address the issues raised by the local MP and users.
The rail operators announced in February that they had launched a consultation into the closure of the ticket offices at stations including Tooting, Balham and Wandsworth Common and their replacement with “station hosts.” The consultation closed on 10 March.
When the consultation was launched, MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, wrote to the rail operators raising his concerns, which included the need for clarity on how travellers would buy complex tickets such as half termly travel cards for children commuting to school or annual and monthly passes.
Sadiq Khan said: “I was also concerned that some customers had been told that the best way for them to purchase their tickets once these changes came in would be online, which would leave those customers without access to the internet with restricted options.”
A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway assured Sadiq Khan that the rail operators were listening to the concerns he and others had raised and will take “actions to address them”.
Sadiq Khan said: “I am glad that rail operators have pledged to address my concerns and those of customers. However, before a final decision is made, it is vital that the public is reassured that the consultation process was fair, thorough and comprehensive, so I have written again to the rail operators to request details of the number of passengers who responded and what they said. If it turns out that this consultation was inadequate, I will be pushing for a second round of consultation in order to ensure passengers are heard”.