Coming up next week at the London Assembly w/c 7 March

04 March 2016


Wednesday 9 March
Environmental pressures of London’s growth
Environment Committee

London’s population is growing by around 100,000 each year. Such growth will increase the environmental impacts on the capital, just at a time when they need to reduce.  Left unchecked, those impacts will include carbon emissions, water use, sewage outflow, urban sprawl and habitat destruction. This report evaluates the environmental pressures of London’s growth and makes recommendations as to how those pressures can best be managed.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603

Thursday 10 March
Crime on public transport
Police & Crime Committee

London’s public transport system is one of the largest in the world. Ensuring the safety and security of passengers is essential; everyone has the right to travel safely and free from fear of crime. With the number of passengers using London’s transport system increasing, policing the network is not an easy challenge. This Police and Crime Committee report assesses levels of crime on London’s public transport network.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603



Tuesday 8 March
International Women’s Day
Chair’s Annual Event – 6:30pm-9:00pm

Chair of the London Assembly, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, hosts the annual Chair’s event to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s focus will be on addressing issues around body confidence and efforts to get more women and girls playing sport. The guests speaking will include:

  • Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England
  • Cathie Sabin, President, Lawn Tennis Association
  • Julie Bentley, Chief Executive, Girlguiding UK
  • The We Rock Forum, a grassroots organisation working to connect young people with opportunities in London


MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067



Tuesday 8 March
TfL decision-making and emergency services co-operation
Budget and Performance Committee – 10.00am in Committee Room 5

The Budget and Performance Committee will scrutinise the investment decision-making of Transport for London (TfL) – on the New Routemaster bus – as well as how emergency services in London will work together in line with new Government proposals.

The guests are:

  • Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, Transport for London (TfL)
  • Mike Weston, Director of Buses, TfL
  • Dr Fionna Moore MBE, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service
  • Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Dave Brown, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
  • Sue Budden, Director of Finance and Contractual Services, London Fire Brigade
  • Tom Middleton, Head of Governance and Resilience, Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • Helen Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
  • Rebecca Lawrence, Director of Strategy, MOPAC

MEDIA CONTACT: Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769

Tuesday 8 March
Devolution of business rates to London
Devolution Working Group – 10.00am in Committee Room 3

The Devolution Working Group will discuss the latest proposals for devolution of business rates to local authorities and consider the implications for London.

The guests are:

  • Martin Clarke, Executive Director - Resources, GLA
  • Professor Tony Travers, Director, LSE London
  • Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Guy Ware, Director of Finance, Performance and Procurement, London Councils

MEDIA CONTACT: Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769

Wednesday 9 March
Travelling with a sensory impairment
Transport Committee – 10:00am in the Chamber

Every day in London, 1.3 million journeys are made by disabled people. The Transport Committee is investigating the challenges facing Londoners using the transport network with a sensory impairment. This meeting will consider how Transport for London (TfL) and other providers support them to access the transport network and identify ways in which accessibility could be improved. The guests include:

  • David McNeill, Director of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations, TfL
  • Sarah Teichler, Customer Strategy Manager London Underground, TfL
  • Helen Drew, Customer Services Safety & Standards Manager, Chiltern Railways
  • Robert Harris, Engagement Manager, Guide Dogs
  • Dr Tom Pey, Chief Executive, Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB)
  • Faryal Velmi, Director, Transport for All
  • Patrick Roberts, Trustee, Transport for All
  • Dr Roger Wicks, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Action on Hearing Loss

MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228

Wednesday 9 March
Environmental progress during the current Mayoralty
Environment Committee - 2:00pm in the Chamber

The Environment Committee will assess the Mayor’s performance against his targets to:

  • reduce London’s carbon emissions and toxic air pollution and
  • increase recycling and reduce waste.

The guests are:

  • Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, GLA
  • Patrick Feehily, Assistant Director - Environment, GLA
  • James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603

Thursday 10 March
Strategic policy issues and arrangements
Planning Committee – 10.00am in Committee Room 5

The Planning Committee will examine how the London Mayor and 156 local authorities in London and the wider South East will deal with an estimated 20 per cent population growth in the next 20 years.

The guests are:

  • Heather Bolton, Director, South East England Councils
  • William McKee CBE, Chair of the Outer London Commission
  • Jorn Peters, Senior Strategic Planner, London Plan, GLA
  • John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA
  • Martin Simmons, Planning Consultant

MEDIA CONTACT: Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769

Thursday 10 March
GLA Oversight Committee – 2:00pm in Committee Room 5

The GLA Oversight Committee will discuss a number of topics, including The State of London Debate and allocation of the Assembly Budget 2016-17.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact the media team on 020 7983 4283.  For out-of-hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.