Somehow, the question and answer database for London Assembly members has utterly eluded me until today. In it, I discovered the answers to loads of questions (puddles in Kennington, pier at Vauxhall, re-zoning tube stations) etc. Here's a sample of some of our ongoing issues:
Q. 17/3/2010 - Cllr Shawcross - "There is a gap in the bus network between Waterloo and Vauxhall Stations. An easy solution to this issue is the extension of Bus Route 381 from County Hall to Vauxhall Bus Station. This would also vastly improve access to St Thomas’s Hospital. Will the Mayor please ask TfL to investigate the feasibility of this proposal?"
A. Answer forthcoming after meeting.
[This is very interesting. I wonder who submits the questions. Maybe SE11 lurkers could start tabling some questions. I recall hearing somebody ask very recently why it's not possible to get a bus from Kennington to Chelsea. I suppose you could walk/bus to Oval, bus to Vauxhall, and then bus from Vauxhall to Chelsea.... On the other hand, I wonder who actually designs the routes. Who actually decides whether Lewisham gets connected to Hampstead?]
Q. 27/1/2010 - Cllr Pidgeon - "What work are TfL doing to prevent the pooling of water on Kennington Park Road –particularly by the crossings?
A. Mayor Boris (shortened) - "TfL has arranged for its highway maintenance works contractor to cleanse the adjacent drainage system, which will involve emptying the gullies and cleaning out the culverts to allow the water to freely disperse. The works are due to be complete by 28 January."
[Has this happened? It was still pooling by the tube station, last time week.]
The only thing I can't find on the Assembly web site is an RSS feed, otherwise I could just pipe everything through to Twitter and we could be automatically informed of whenever Val Shawcross or Caroline Pidgeon mentioned issues affecting us. Anyhow, I'm really impressed that they actually ask Boris about puddles!!
Saturday - Saturday morning is disruption morning. It is harder leaving the house and being on time for Park Run than it is leaving for work. Leisure is all important...
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